Son # two, (16 year old), is interested in learning knapping.
He wants to make an obsidian knife.
We have the obsidian. We would be willing to trade obsidian for instruction.
Prefer someone in Anchorage or the Willow area.
Not in the area you're looking for, but you might get ahold of this guy: http://www.markknappcustomknives.com...ping-supplies/
He might have some information (not a relative, at least not that I know of)
We will check it out.
check out utube fer video's... then use glass bottles to learn on.
and the coke bottle arrowheads I've seen were very-very effective. (and cool looking)
a piece of deer antler and a heavy leather pad will come in handy.
I once watched a guy knap out a arrow head from a beer bottle with a crosstip screwdriver during lunch.
We have watched many Youtube vids and found some helpful.
It is just not quite the same as having personal instruction.
Please keep us posted on what you find out. That sounds interesting!
You need to find Randy Tedor and see if he is going to lead any more classes at the museum. Or if he has started some other system for teaching knapping.
He is an anthropologist grad student at UAA and has been knapping for a long time. I took his first class two years ago. Learned a lot. Also learned that my damaged left hand/arm will never be well enough to get very good at knapping. I also learned it will take a couple hundred pounds of broken rock to get to a point where you are making more than sharp shards.
Thanks AK Ray for the info and link!
I will try to find him.
I have some experience with knapping, but I am by no means an expert. I have made arrowheads in the past out of obsidian and glass, and I still have my tools. I would be happy to get together and share what I know (the basics) as well as recommend some resources.
Hey, thanks Alex!
We will get contact you.