ABOUT PETE

PETE LAUTREC, A WELL TRAVELED AMERICAN AND “WANNA-BE KNAPPER”, GOT HIS KNAPPING START WITH OBISIDIAN LONG AGO IN UPPER WISCONSIN.

HAVING EXTENSIVELY STUDIED HOMININ HISTORY, HIS INTEREST LAY WITH NEANDERTHAL AND CRO MAGNON EVOLUTION/TOOLS.

PETE’S WORK IS MAINLY IN ¾” THICK SLAB GLASS, WHERE HE MAKES WHAT HE TERMS “SUN CATCHERS”. THESE ARE LARGE POINTS ABOUT 6+ INCHES LONG AND HAVE A 1/8” DIAM. HOLE DRILLED THRU THE BASAL END FOR HANGING IN A SUNNY WINDOW! ACTUALLY HAVING DISCOVERED A SOURCE FOR THIS GLASS, AND GATHERING TWO TONS OF SUCH, IT HAS BEEN HIS MAIN MEDIUM TO WORK. AS WELL AS HOARDING OVER TWO TONS OF ‘OTHER’ KNAPPABLES FOR RETIREMENT.  

EACH OF HIS GLASS POINTS ARE ENGRAVED WITH NAME/YEAR OF FABRICATION AND ARE SOLD AS AN ART-PIECE.  PETE ALSO MAKES KNAPPING TOOLS OF HIGH QUALITY FOR SALE . AS A RETIRED GUNSMITH, HE MAKES ONLY PROFESSIONAL QUALITY TOOLS! OR AS HE IS PRONE TO SAY,,,,”WHY USE A BOPPER, WHEN COPPER IS SO PROPER!” SINCE HE CANNOT DEVOTE AS MUCH TIME TO KNAPPING AS HE’D LIKE, HE ALSO PROMISES THAT “SOMEDAY I’M GONNA LEARN HOW TO BE A REAL KNAPPER!” BUT THAT IS ONLY HIS WILD SENSE OF HUMOR! HE MAY BE REACHED FOR TOOLS AT lautrecp@uwstout.edu OR BY PHONE AT                715-235-6063       .

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