RICHLAND, Wash.- In Richland this weekend, some locals are "knapping" at Howard Amon Park, but it's not the kind you're probably thinking of.
Otherwise known as flint knapping, it's a hobby and an art form in which you widdle spearhead shapes out of volcanic rocks or wood and other material. A group of knappers set up in Howard Amon Park this weekend to show the public how it's done. They cut and scrape shapes into the material to give it beautifully smooth finishes. The pros at the park say it's a hobby that seems to be catching on.
"It's no longer a dying art, in fact it's one of the fastest growing hobbies in the Northwest in my experience," said James Keffer of Knap Time Tools. "We've had so many people join in just the last 6 months or so; more than 60 people. It's one of the least expensive hobbies. Rock is free."
If you like to knapp or you're a first timer, you can learn from some more experienced knappers. They'll be set up at Howard Amon Park Monday.