The intention of this class is to experience living as our ancestors did. Through this experience we will gain greater connection to ourselves, each other and the Earth. These are the skills of our ancestors and it is a gift to learn them.
Bows Bows Bows!!
Join us for a three day intensive in the art of bow making and traditional archery. How amazing in our human history that humans have devised countless brilliant methods of reducing a single piece of wood to such perfect form so as to send an arrow hundreds of feet per second, thousands of times over and over again! It is an opportunity to get to know one stick better than any other piece of wood you have yet to meet, and a gateway into a relationship to trees that goes much deeper than identification.
For our bows we will be using osage orange which is considered the BEST bow material around. These bows will be the envy of all your archer friends.
In this class we will use a wide variety of tools including draw knives, hatchets and froes, saws, rasps, scrapers, files, and the like in order to reduce our material to bend perfectly throughout each limb of the bow. That being said, you will not only leave the class with a highly functional bow, but you will also gain much experience in tool use, body mechanics, wood craft and variability in wood structure, and everything you need to know to replicate the process from living tree to finished bow.
Please come with a sharp knife, and if you have them--draw knives, hatchets, hand saw, etc. It is good to get to know your own tools for future applications.
Each student will need to bring a packed lunch each day, and optional food to share pot luck style for dinner. There will also be an outdoor kitchen available for people to make their own dinner if class runs late. We finish on Sunday after each student has casted their first arrow.
You must pre-register in order to attend this class!
Early Bird (before Sep. 1st) - $425
Regular ticket - $500
HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money. Work Trade options are always available.
Questions? Email Luke at HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com
Students 16+ are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket.
Bone tools (1 day):
Ever wonder how your ancestors cut vegetables, dug roots, sewed clothing, and all the other myriad of tasks we currently use metal for? Some of the first tools ever created by humans were that of bone and antler. From pounders and smashers, to cutters and scrapers, bone has been one of the most widely prized materials for keeping life in the old school going. This is a day to learn the many uses of bone and antler and put your hands to work crafting your own bone tool such as a knife, sewing awl/needles, buttons, diggers, scrapers, and any other use you could possibly imagine for such a forgiving material. We will use a combination of new and old methods of processing the bone right from a deer leg, reducing it by splitting, sawing, scraping, and finally grinding on stone slabs. In leaving this class you will never look at your discarded shank bone quite the same. This class will be hard work but it will also give you new appreciation for the meditation of slow art.
Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult
Questions?: Email Luke: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com
Fire with Sticks: Intro to Friction Fire (1 day):
There are few things more connective and powerful than making your own fire from your landscape. Humans have been in relation with this raw element for over 3 million years. Making fire with sticks is your human birthright.
Join Luke McLaughlin and Tyler Lavenburg and learn the ancient art of friction fire on 45 beautiful acres in Weaverville, NC. In this one-day class, students will learn the basics of fire by friction while also getting hands on experience with multiple fire-starting methods (bow drill, hand drill, bamboo fire-saw) Other topics will include: what local types of woods to use, tinder making, troubleshooting, and additional fire making options. This class is for everyone!
Recommended ages: 12 and up
Cost: Regular Ticket $75
Questions? Email: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com