2015 Fort Knapadonia Knap-in Report
August 17th - 23rd
Hosts - Joe and Sunny Higgins
(photos courtesy of Janet Tipping, Barry Bonnell, Jim Keffer, Joan Urata, Hentry Payne)
WOW! What a knap-in! From Great knapping to Didgeridoo making classes, this one had it all! Always a great knap-in, this one was in a class by itself! Attendance at the 2015 Ft Knapadonia Knap-in was the largest ever. And there were more activities than ever before!
Activities included classes in basket making, Didgeridoo making, PVC pipe bows, atlatls (wood and PVC), boomerangs, friction fire and wire wrapping. There was salmon fishing as well!
Located on the northern tip of Whicbey Island, WA, Ft Knapadonia is also just north of Naval Air Station Whidbey, home to the Navy and Marine Corps EF-18 Growler and P-3 Orions.
It also see a lot of traffic from other aircraft.
EF-18 Growler at Sunset
C-17 Globemaster visiting
Flintknapping and flintknappers
The Salmon Fishing
Jim Smith 1603
Rosalie and Henry Payne
'Master' Fisherman Dick Dickensen
PSK webmaster Jim Keffer - Skunked again!
Dave Rauschenberg - Finally!
Richard Urata, Jim Smith, Dave Rauschenberg and host Joe Higgins
Basket Class - Instructor Mary Alice Sterling
Vallie Eichstedt and Mary Alice
Mary Alice and co-host Sunny Higgins
Wire Wrapping - Instructor Chip Batchellor
Wood Atlatls and Boomerangs- Instructor Barry Bonnell
All-Star PSK member Barry Bonnell hit two grand slams with his outstanding Boomerang and Atlatl classes.
Kids of all ages made Boomerangs on Tuesday and Atlatls on Thursday and the air above the archery course was filled with both the rest of the week!
Nicholas Tomihama took a break from teaching PVC pipe bow making to make an atlatl.
Black Locus, Luna Scrap leather, sinew and bone.
Nicholas working on atlatl darts. Note all the scrap leather - generously donated by Luna Sandals of Seattle.
Bettye Hensel with her atlatl. We celebrated Bettye's 80th birthday earlier this year - being a member of the PSK is good for you!
Carolyn Wattenbargerwith her new atlatl.
Bill and Eva Rudolph new atlatl
Instructor Barry Bonnell (far right) with bommerang students Bob Bower (left) and Dick Dickensen (center).
More Atlatls - this time out of PVC with Nick Tomihama.
Chip and Nick.
Richard Urata blew everyone away with his Didgeridoo classes! All told 15 Didgeridoos were made and Richard and Stu Murdock put on a clinic on how to play the instrumeny. In addition to passing along his talent for making Didgeridoos, Richard is a keystone of the PSK - Council of Elder member, Host of the Bitterroot Valley knap-in and former editor of SPALLS. He make replica Native American pipes (see his art gallery) and he's a pretty good knapper to boot! ;-)
Richard with Jim Keffer - working on first Didgeridoo
Host Joe Higgins and Kathy Woodside comparing notes
Split and Scraped Agave Stalk
These things are long!
Richard trims a stalk
Richard and student Kathy Woodside
Richard teaching Kathy's sister
Richard and Kathy splitting a stalk at the bandsaw
Half way through
Dave Rauschenberg workin it!
The master with his progeny...
Mick Hill works the draw knife
Mick And Richard
Joe Greenwell at work, or is this play?
Bill scraping out the innards
Valli Eichstedt and Cheryl Hughett apply the finish
Stu teaching noob didgeridooers
This is not a Riccola commercial!
Stu Murdock Didgeridoo Solo