Join us in learning and practicing primitive skills and traditional bush crafting. They can enhance your outdoor recreation, and offer you a default position in an emergency. We will explore primitive stone tools, weapons, blacksmithing. Making fire, shelter and clothing. Processing food and hides. If you love the outdoors and want to add more "tools to you toolbox" or would like share some of your skill set with like minded folks, we'd love to have you join us.
• What we'll do Knapping is the process of breaking stone into useful tools and projectile points. Some of the nations best knappers and youtube cellebreties show up at this historic place, called by the Shashone "arrowhead land", to share there skills and quarry obsidian. Glass Buttes Knap-in, the Granddaddy of all West Coast Knap-ins, is always schedule to correspond with Spring Break of Oregon Public Schools. This year it will be March 24th through April 1st (some knappers even show up earlier and stay later). The Glass Buttes Knap-in main camping area is located about two miles south of the Central Oregon Highway (Hwy 20) at milepost 77 (approximately). The area is unimproved though there are usually Porta-Potties availabe (people attending are cordially asked to contribute to pay for the cost of the potties). The central knapping area will have a large warming fire. The weather is alway a factor, ranging from mild and sunny to rainy and chilly to downright cold and snowy, so come prepared. The nearest town, Burns, Or is about 45 - 60 minutes away depending on road conditions. The roads in the Glass Buttes area are NOTORIOUS for their rough surface which will turn extremely slippery with the least amount or rain or snow. 4x4's, SUVs, or trucks recommended but I have seen motorhomes and 5th wheel trailers at the main camp. • What to bring Glass Butte is a long way from definitive care, so come prepared. Gloves and safety glasses are a must if you want to try your hand at it. • Important to know