I went to the Knap-in. Was fun! I didn’t knock any rocks together myself, but I did buy an antler pressure flaker for $4. I couldn’t help it.. I picked it up and the way it was curved was a perfect fit in my hand, so it won the buy-me lottery.
A lot of the people seemed to be buddies with each other, which I kind of expected since it’s not the largest community in the world, but what I didn’t expect was the most talkative of the bunch seeming like carnies to me. Don’t get me wrong, they knew what they were doing with the prim skills, but wow I wouldn’t have trusted them any further than I could’ve thrown them. It’s plainly obvious when a person discounts you as you stand there. Kind of makes for strained conversation.
That was the down note. There were many ups! I attended a talk about Clovis hunting technology, which was fascinating, and I saw a lot of different things. One guy I watched shoot his (looked like) self-bow. He couldn’t hit the targets to save his rear, so he asked if he could shoot the fake bear that was out as a target. On THAT, however, he put three cane arrows into a 2-inch grouping where the heart of the animal should have been, and he did it in about 15 seconds from 20 or so yards away. I was impressed. I wish I could shoot like that, with such confidence, and watching the guy… he had a total hunter’s form when he shot, like his whole world fell away the moment before he loosed his shot. Was a sight to see.
In that same vein, I threw a set of three darts with an atlatl for the first time in my life. I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. I had some power behind those darts, though. All three would’ve killed whatever it was they’d hit… if only they’d hit what I was trying to aim at! Most people’s attempts flew off into the air or got caught in the backdrop meant to catch what us noobs couldn’t put in the right place. Mine, on the other hand, did no such thing. The first went to the right and low of the target and then slid out of the range completely underneath the bottom edge of the backdrop. My second was high and to the left… and went completely through the backdrop, and the third one went low and left and slid along the ground until it caught dirt and stuck out at a 45. But they flew straight! Straight into lala-land! Not my weapon of choice, haha.
The hide-scraping demo was cool, too. I got to dry-scrape part of a deer hide to remove the outer layer where the hair follicles stick. That was cool.
I also did get a tip on where to find florida coral stones and some chert to try knapping. I just have to make sure I grab it from outside of the island park!
Fun trip. I told the SO that she’s going next time.