Ya know, not every experience in the woods is one of survival. Living well in older times has relied upon generations of compounded knowledge of how to manipulate the materials in one's environment to satisfy every need, and even want.
This class brings life back to the village front porch—where good people gather around to make useful and beautiful things with their hands. Just think if every cup, plate, bowl, tooth brush, comb, tupperware, backpack, cook pot, skillet, etc. in your home was made by yourself or someone you knew? With some knowledge of the wide variety of materials nature has to offer, you can make your own basket, or water bottle, or cooking utensils.
We will become well acquainted with materials such as bone, antler, raw hide, plant fibers, stone, as well as many different tools to help shape our products. This is three days of non-stop crafting—a chance to know your hands and their relationship to both beauty and function.
Some projects may include:
raw hide containers
flat weave baskets
open fire cooking
bone knives/sewing tools
making stone tools and applying them to wood/bone/antler projects
Each student will leave with a variety of finished products made by their very own hands. Though we will be following some basic traditional principles in crafting these items, all projects will be of the creative imagination of the crafter--come ready to apply your inner artist to the materials that have lived with the ancestors of this place for eons.
Early Bird Price (Before July 15th): $350
Regular Ticket: $400
What to bring // Camp sites
Primitive camping is available for students. Please come prepared! Bring your own tent and sleeping gear, rain gear, camping supplies, eating dish and utensils, and food for the weekend (running water, kitchen and fridge are available on site).
Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket