Millersylvania Knap-in - 2010
By James C. Keffer
Mick and Holly Hill hosted another great knap-in this year at Millersylvania State Park near Olympia, Washington. This year was a little different than last year - the wind didn't blow and it rain mostly at night. Even if it had, Mick and Holly had reserved the main pavilion which, between the three enclosed sides, the huge fireplace and four wood burning stoves, was kept toasty warm.
This knap-in was notable for a number of reasons. First, the return of one of PSK's favorite knapping sons, Dave Rauschenberg. While Dave has been noticeably absent from recent knap-ins, his return was much heralded ! In addition to providing knapping instruction to some young 'newbies', Dave brought several display cases of his outstanding knapping art as well as some replicate Native American wood carvings - a mask and totem. Inspirational to say the least! Plus Dave brought a large three ring binder of photos, articles, artwork, etc, on the PSK's history! These he's lent to me to put on the website so keep visiting!
The second notable thing was the number of 'newbies', several adults and several youngsters began their knapping experience over the weekend. Most of the newbies have joined the PSK and several already have their photos up on the website. It was a good thing that Mick generously provided so much free rock - we all, newbies included, went through quite a bit.
Also notable was the attendance of 'relative' newbie, Harley Slade, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Harley joined the PSK last year at Dave Pehling's Cabin Fever Knap-in. Harley had just returned to college from a couple of month's vacation in Europe where, evidently he spent most of his time hunting and collecting knappable rock - English and Danish flint among others! Look for more stuff from Harley on the website.
While the whole knapping experience was great, Holly Hill's potluck dinner was OUTSTANDING ! All you could eat roast turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (unbelievable collaboration between Holly and Betty Hensel), gravies, salads, several types of beans, squash, pies, etc, etc, etc. Oh, I have to mention the brussels sprouts made by Bonnie, a friend of Holly. Now I know most people don't like brussels sprouts (I didn't either until last years knap-in which I attributed to a fluke), but I've got to tell you they were fantastic - jumped WAY up on my list of favorite veggies. Now if I could only learn to cook them that way! I also wish I could remember each an every contributor to the potluck dinner - every thing was delicious!
Attendance (at least those who signed the guest book!):
Mick* and Holly Hill Joe Greenwell* and Bettye Hensel*
Dave Rauschenburg* Jim Smith*
Don* and Carolyn Wattenbarger Jim* and Beverly Keffer
Rich Russell * Sam Black*
Don Paris* Dick Kocan*
Bob McDaniel* Anya and Harley*
Ron Folty Kay Lloy
Mike Nesbitt Karin, Juston, and Jahnich (13) Saunders
Friends and Guests
Dan and Lucky Dausener
Hossein and Bonnie, w/daughters Mitra, Agahi
John and Jann Lawsen