Flintknapping Hobby is EXPLODING!
Hardly a week goes by that we do not add a member to the membership roll of the Puget Sound Knappers. This hobby, art form, whatever, is growing by leaps and bounds. Every knap-in in the Pacific Northwest has had new people get involved in knapping! Glass Buttes saw a dozen or more noobies take up the bopper, and most recently the Mid-Columbia Knap-in saw a dozen more, some noobies coming from more than 100 miles just to hook up with us and start knapping!
Our weekly knap-ins at Ft Knapadonia and Sammamish see new knappers almost every week! And not just once but ongoing attendance.
The noobies come in all shapes and sizes, men and women, boys and girls, every ethnicity and race, every occupation from oil field engineer to artist to veteran! And speaking of artist - musicians (guitars, bagpipes, didgeridoos, drums, Native American flutes, violins/fiddles, etc.)!
This last Saturday saw the 730th member join - I know as I keep the "Official Membership" list and sent out the newsletter. The last newsletter (Feb) went out to over 700 members by email and a dozen or some via snailmail. I also know that everyone is active in knapping at some level - if they don't receive the newsletter I'll hear about it!
It seems there is a "snowball" effect, the more we roll the bigger it gets. The Internet get a lot of credit for creating the awareness, word of mouth plays huge part as well. But what keep people coming back is the feeling of Community (or Family to quote Steve Allely) that was created and been fostered by the members of the PSK Council of Elders.
To have the opportunity to learn for free from some of the best while being given free rock, loaner tools, safety glasses & gloves, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be welcomed into our family is a testament to their contribution to the knapping community!
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