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Stick, Stone, Feather & Bone


  • Holistic Survival School 38 McDaris Cove Road Weaverville, NC, 28787 United States (map)

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

  • primitive pottery

  • flat weave baskets

  • open fire cooking

  • cordage

  • 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. 

  • Cost

    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).

    • Feel free to bring any sacred or special items that you might want to bring into your drum making process.

  • Children

    Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket

  • Work Trade

    HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money. If money is the only thing stopping you from attending this class please fill out the work trade application for this class and we can discuss possible options.

  • Questions?:

    Email Luke: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

Earlier Event: July 26
Leather Book Binding
Later Event: September 7
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