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Participants will create a traditional, Southeastern Native American-style flute, using Carolina harvested river cane grass. End blown pentatonic scale.

Age: Ages 12 and up (or with parent, if younger). 12 total students

Materials Fee: $15 due at time of class

What to bring: All materials are provided

 

Rivercane Flute making with Hawk Hurst

Participants will create a traditional, Southeastern Native American-style flute, using Carolina harvested river cane grass. End blown pentatonic scale.

Age: Ages 12 and up (or with parent, if younger). 12 total students

Materials Fee: $15 due at time of class

What to bring: All materials are provided

Intro to Blacksmithing with Bob Orcutt

Forging techniques and forging hooks

Age: 12 and up 2 students

Materials fee: $2 for steel and coal

What to bring: NA

Hand Drill Friction Fire with Tom "Fireman" Stutz

With determined focus of your mind and body attempt to coax an ember from two pieces of wood. Connect with our ancient ancestors through the practice of fire by hand drill. Bring a sharp knife and a tenacious spirit!

Age: Adult class. 10 students.

Materials Fee: None

What to bring:  Sharp knife.

Spoon Carving with Barron Brown

From beginner to advanced – don’t eat your soup with a fork!

Age: 11 and older or with adult

Fee: none

What to bring: A knife if you have one.

Wisteria Freeform basket with Nancy Basket

Learn how to use ‘invasives’ to create unique vessels or sculptures. Hear Cherokee stories. Bring your cultural questions.

Age: Appropriate for age 7 with adult and up 20 students

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: Clippers

Gnocchi and Ricotta with Joan Candolino

Take milk and make ricotta from milk.

Take flour and ricotta and/or potato (or sweet potato) to make Italian dumplings called gnocchi that you eat like pasta.

Cook and eat for lunch.

Age: 15 and up

Materials fee: Donation optional

What to bring: clean hands, bowl, fork

Tarps bedrolls and burden straps with Camper Bob

Traditional old school minimalist wilderness shelter and bedroll with tump/burden strap transport. Learn to make a proper bedroll and tarp shelter and transport them with a tump/burden strap. Both old school canvas/wool/leather and sisal rope as well as new fangled nylon/plastics/synthetics examples will be presented along with basic gear, cooking and hygiene practices. Hands on participation and basic theory discussion for simple, efficient wilderness living and travel.

Age: 10 & up/15 students

Materials fee: None

What to bring: a warm body and an inquiring mind

Making Native survival food: Pemmican (with an emphasis on other food preservation techniques to put food by in an ever changing world) With Momma Wendy

Food and the ability to preserve it is what has enabled humans to travel through regions bringing their supplies with them. To stop and stay in one location despite the current weather. Or to sustain themselves in times when things aren’t going so well.. And as we continue to talk about disruptions in the world today, these techniques may be the thing that keeps your family thriving instead of just surviving. Putting by your own foods, is really the only way to make sure you have the best quality food that is not factory farmed and without compassion and awareness to its impact to the planet.

Pemmican is in simple terms – if jerky and granola bars came together and decided to have a union. All the bests of the worlds, the nutritional value creating more of a whole meal, high in the proteins, fats and natural sugars your body needs to keep on moving. Historically was one of the traditional foods of the native peoples here in the Americas. Then the recipe was used and spread throughout the world as a storage safe survival food.

In this class we will be making our own Pemmican! Discussing the variety of possible ingredients, ratio balances to the recipe, and get to learn more about the history of this traditional food. As well we will discuss some other techniques to preserve other foods at home.

Materials fees covers the silly current costs of meat and other ingredients at the grocery stores at the moment…. 15.00

Materials Fee:  $15

Age: 10 and up. Limit 12 students

That's not going to cut it: a sharpening tutorial with Gray Taylor

Bring sharp or dull tools to learn the basics of tool sharpening.

Age: All ages 10 students

Materials fee:  Donations accepted

What to bring: Sharp or dull tool, water.

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.

Portable shaving horse with Dean Smith

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class.

Age: 14 & up. Class size 6 students

Materials Fee:  $75.00 for lumber and hardware

What to bring:  Any woodworking tools saws drills hammers screwdrivers Etc if you have them.

Wisteria Freeform basket with Nancy Basket

Learn how to use ‘invasives’ to create unique vessels or sculptures. Hear Cherokee stories. Bring your cultural questions.

Age: Appropriate for age 7 with adult and up 20 students

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: Clippers

Nature Sketching and Observation Skills with Momo Julia Moore

Do you have a love for drawing and nature, going on plant walks and foraging? Come learn how to observe and draw plants and nature you encounter while out and about!

We will be going on a short plant walk to draw some plants after you learn some field sketching techniques. You will be guided through various ways of incorporating plant information into your journal and methods of creating basic art materials from the natural world around you. Some drawing basics will be covered and if drawing scares you! Field sketchbook skills such as flower pressing, observation techniques, note taking tips and more will be covered. Some basic art materials from nature will also be provided for experimentation such as: beet ink, charcoal ink and paint sticks.

*This class is for all levels , there is something for everyone to learn!

Age:  All

Materials fee:  None

What to bring: Sketchbook, paper and drawing materials

Flintknapping and Stone Tools with Hey You James Clinkscales

Beginning flintknapping or advanced stone tools using available materials including stone, bone, antler and wooden billets. We will discuss methods of reduction process like percussion and pressure flaking.

Age: 12 years and up

Materials fee: $5.00 Suggested

What to bring: Safety glasses and gloves will be provided

Zen and the Art of Woodsplitting

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment, Chop wood carry water.

We’ll focus on the physics and metaphysics of splitting, as well as the qualities of different wood types, heating value, cooking and other tips and tricks. 

Age: Limit 12 people, age 13 and above.  Wear closed toe shoes and be ready to get physical.

Thursday Morning

Rivercane Flute making with Hawk Hurst

Participants will create a traditional, Southeastern Native American-style flute, using Carolina harvested river cane grass. End blown pentatonic scale.

Age: Ages 12 and up (or with parent, if younger). 12 total students

Materials Fee: $15 due at time of class

What to bring: All materials are provided

Intro to Blacksmithing with Bob Orcutt

Forging techniques and forging hooks

Age:12 and up 2 students

Materials fee: $2 for steel and coal

What to bring: NA

Hand Drill Friction Fire with Tom “Fireman” Stutz

With determined focus of your mind and body attempt to coax an ember from two pieces of wood. Connect with our ancient ancestors through the practice of fire by hand drill. Bring a sharp knife and a tenacious spirit!

Age: Adult class. 10 students.

Materials Fee: None

What to bring:  Sharp knife.

Spoon Carving with Barron Brown

From beginner to advanced – don’t eat your soup with a fork!

Age: 11 and older or with adult

Fee: none

What to bring: A knife if you have one.

Wisteria Freeform basket with Nancy Basket

Learn how to use ‘invasives’ to create unique vessels or sculptures. Hear Cherokee stories. Bring your cultural questions.

Age:Appropriate for age 7 with adult and up 20 students

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: Clippers

Gnocchi and Ricotta with Joan Candolino

Take milk and make ricotta from milk.

Take flour and ricotta and/or potato (or sweet potato) to make Italian dumplings called gnocchi that you eat like pasta.

Cook and eat for lunch.

Age: 15 and up

Materials fee: Donation optional

What to bring: clean hands, bowl, fork

Tarps bedrolls and burden straps with Camper Bob

Traditional old school minimalist wilderness shelter and bedroll with tump/burden strap transport. Learn to make a proper bedroll and tarp shelter and transport them with a tump/burden strap. Both old school canvas/wool/leather and sisal rope as well as new fangled nylon/plastics/synthetics examples will be presented along with basic gear, cooking and hygiene practices. Hands on participation and basic theory discussion for simple, efficient wilderness living and travel.

Age:10&up/15 students

Materials fee: None

What to bring: a warm body and an enquiring mind

Making Native survival food: Pemmican (with an emphasis on other food preservation techniques to put food by in an ever changing world) With Momma Wendy

Food and the ability to preserve it is what has enabled humans to travel through regions bringing their supplies with them. To stop and stay in one location despite the current weather. Or to sustain themselves in times when things aren’t going so well.. And as we continue to talk about disruptions in the world today, these techniques may be the thing that keeps your family thriving instead of just surviving. Putting by your own foods, is really the only way to make sure you have the best quality food that is not factory farmed and without compassion and awareness to its impact to the planet.

Pemmican is in simple terms – if jerky and granola bars came together and decided to have a union. All the bests of the worlds, the nutritional value creating more of a whole meal, high in the proteins, fats and natural sugars your body needs to keep on moving. Historically was one of the traditional foods of the native peoples here in the Americas. Then the recipe was used and spread throughout the world as a storage safe survival food.

In this class we will be making our own Pemmican! Discussing the variety of possible ingredients, ratio balances to the recipe, and get to learn more about the history of this traditional food. As well we will discuss some other techniques to preserve other foods at home.

Materials fees covers the silly current costs of meat and other ingredients at the grocery stores at the moment…. 15.00

Materials Fee:  $15

Age: 10 and up. Limit 12 students

That’s not going to cut it: a sharpening tutorial with Gray Taylor

Bring sharp or dull tools to learn the basics of tool sharpening.

Age: All ages 10 students

Materials fee:  Donations accepted

What to bring: Sharp or dull tool, water.

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.

Portable shaving horse with Dean Smith

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class.

Age 14 & up. Class size 6 students

Materials Fee:  $75.00 for lumber and hardware

What to bring:  Any woodworking tools saws drills hammers screwdrivers Etc if you have them.

Thursday Afternoon

Wisteria Freeform basket with Nancy Basket

Learn how to use ‘invasives’ to create unique vessels or sculptures. Hear Cherokee stories. Bring your cultural questions.

Age:Appropriate for age 7 with adult and up 20 students

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: Clippers

Nature Sketching and Observation Skills with Momo Julia Moore

Do you have a love for drawing and nature, going on plant walks and foraging? Come learn how to observe and draw plants and nature you encounter while out and about!

We will be going on a short plant walk to draw some plants after you learn some field sketching techniques. You will be guided through various ways of incorporating plant information into your journal and methods of creating basic art materials from the natural world around you. Some drawing basics will be covered and if drawing scares you! Field sketchbook skills such as flower pressing, observation techniques, note taking tips and more will be covered. Some basic art materials from nature will also be provided for experimentation such as: beet ink, charcoal ink and paint sticks.

*This class is for all levels , there is something for everyone to learn!

Age:  All

Materials fee:  None

What to bring: Sketchbook, paper and drawing materials

Flintknapping and Stone Tools with Hey You James Clinkscales

Beginning flintknapping or advanced stone tools using available materials including stone, bone, antler and wooden billets. We will discuss methods of reduction process like percussion and pressure flaking.

Age:12 years and up

Materials fee: $5.00 Suggested

What to bring: Safety glasses and gloves will be provided

Zen and the Art of Woodsplitting

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment, Chop wood carry water.

We’ll focus on the physics and metaphysics of splitting, as well as the qualities of different wood types, heating value, cooking and other tips and tricks.  Limit 12 people, age 13 and above.  Wear closed toe shoes and be ready to get physical.

Cordage College with Jeff Gottlieb

Everything you ever wanted to know about making thread, string and rope from natural fibers. Procure fibers from plant sources, clean and prepare them, and make beautiful, strong useful cord by hand and with simple tools and machines. Check out the cordage museum, which I now call the “fibrary!

Age: age 12, limit 18

Materials fee: Book by instructor is available for $10 if desired

What to bring: sharp knife or scissors

Intro to Blacksmithing with Bob Orcutt

Forging techniques and forging hooks

Age:12 and up 2 students

Materials fee: $2 for Steel and Coal

What to bring: NA

Food Preservation 101 With Momma Wendy

In this class we will go through a variety of food preservation techniques and the tools you need to do each. This will be an introductory class to get you familiar with the tools you do or do not need, since each process can be many classes long about all the different recipes and methods.

Some of the techniques we will discuss and cover: solar and machine dehydration, smoke house (or box), water bath canning, pressure canning, lacto-fermenting, meads, vinegars, tinctures, brining or pickling. Whew. And there are still more!

The purpose of this class is to give ideas of when each techniques are best used and for what foods, and dispell some of the fears and pressures surrounding learning how to do these things.

Bring your questions and ideas. There will be some tasting from my own families preserves!

Suggested class donation (10.00) covers the time and materials it took to make my own families preserves to share with you. Please bring a cup and spoon for tasting!

Get what you need, give what you can…

Age:  10 and up. 15 total

Materials Fee:  10 suggested donation

What to bring:  Cup and spoon

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.

Portable shaving horse with Dean Smith (Cont.)

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class.

Age: 14 and up; 6 students

Materials fee: $75 for lumber and hardware

What to bring: Any woodworking tools drills saws screwdrivers hammers Etc

Wild Awareness with Snowbear Taylor

Sharpen all your senses, stimulate your natural curiosity, fully engage self education towards daily new knowledge of the natural world.

Age: all ages, 12 students

Materials Fee:  no

Radical Neutrality: Nature Immersion with Sangoma

These adventures, explorations between Nature, Culture and Spirit, beckons us into the deepest place of our Relationships to the Natural World. The inner sanctuary of neutrality in Nature is Healing us to temper the radical within…and without. As the Earth rebirths, the resolution of Duality comes closer to test the metal of our Truth and everyday choices. Our Tools for this Sacred Navigation are found in the ancient indigenous teachings around medicine, wheels, shields, prayer arrows, talking sticks. The intangible tools that activate the Sacred on the regular have been referred to as the WHOLE armour of God-Source. We are not defined by how we die, rather how we choose to live!

Friday Morning

Early Morning: Birds before breakfast!

The Dawn Chorus:  Who is that singing?  We’ll take a short walk to listen and appreciate the world coming alive at Dawn.   This is part meditation and part identification of who is singing.  Bring binoculars if you have them.

No Age limit, no fee.

Bamboo Flute Making with Hawk Hurst

Participants will create either traditional Native American or Asian-style flutes, using Carolina harvested bamboo. End blown, Pentatonic or Diatonic scales.

Age: Ages 14 and up (or with parent, if younger) 10 total students

Materials fee: $15 due at time of class

What to bring: materials provided

Gassifier Stove with Joan Candolino

Understand the basics of gassifier stoves. Using drill, can opener, and snips, make a small version out of quart paint can and progresso soup and other tin cans, suitable for backpack camping. Or try one using can openers and punches. class may run into the afternoon

Age: adults, 6

Materials Fee: $10

What to bring: Leather gloves. Cordless drill and bits, can openers, church key, punch if you have them.

Riveting Hand Forged Knives with Gray Taylor

This class is will explore the riveting world of knife handling, each participant will receive a hand forged 5160 tool steel carving knife and make multiple copper rivets to attach our wooden scales to blade. Every one will leave the class with a finished carving knife that fits perfectly to your hand.

Age: adults, 8 students

Materials Fee: $80

What to bring: Willingness to learn, water, cash

Spoon Carving with Barron Brown

From beginner to advanced – don’t eat your soup with a fork!

Age: 11 and older or with adult

Fee: none

What to bring: A knife if you have one.

Tarps, Bedrolls, and Burden Straps with Camper Bob

Traditional old school minimalist wilderness shelter and bedroll with tump/burden strap transport. Learn  to make a proper bedroll and tarp shelter and transport them with a tump/burden strap. Both old school canvas/wool/leather and sisal rope as well as new fangled nylon/plastics/synthetics examples will be presented along with basic gear, cooking and hygiene practices. Hands on participation and basic theory discussion for simple, efficient wilderness living and travel.

Age: 10 and up; 15 students

Materials fee: none

What to Bring: a warm body and an enquiring mind

Kudzu Freeform hats/visors/caps with Nancy Basket

Split kudzu vines and fashion a head piece of your choice. Hear Cherokee stories, bring your cultural questions. Am  and Pm

Age: 12 and up; 20 students

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: clippers

Shamanic drum journeying Native drum dream meditation with Michael Drey

The rhythmic tempo of the medicine drum facilitates and entrance into deep relaxation and transition through to a lucid dream type awareness.

With the active participation of thoughts imagination intuition and spirit one is open to receive the inner knowledge from within for information, guidance, lessons leading you towards your highest potential nature. In this theta state of rest, animal and Spirit guides often present themselves as counselors and gift bringers. Also and often, repressed soul parts are retrieved and integrated.

Age: All

Materials fee: None

What to bring: None

Knife and tool sharpening with Jeff Gottlieb

How to check for sharpness, correct a poorly ground blade and sharpen properly till you have a beautifully sharp, useful tool! Learn about sharpening stones and materials, hones, steels and strops. Go home with a handmade sharpening board

Age: 12, limit 12

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: edge tools to evaluate/sharpen

Shaving Horse with Dean Smith

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class.

Age: 14 and up; 6 students

Materials fee: $75 for lumber and hardware

What to bring: Any woodworking tools drills saws screwdrivers hammers Etc

Fruit Vinegars and Fire Cider: healthy probiotics and how to make your own with Momma Wendy

Fruit Vinegars and Fire Cider: healthy probiotics and how to make your own

We will talk about gut bioms and how they are often not given the respect they deserve in keeping the rest of our bodies healthy.  Stories of cultural uses and production of vinegars the world.  Together we are going to start our own apple cider vinegar mother to take home!  And then diving in to what is fire cider and how to make it and make our own to take home as well.  Two yummys to share with others!

Wendy has been making her own vinegars, meads, kombuchas, krauts and other naturally fermented foods for well over a decade now.  Only recently has she begun learning to use packaged yeasts..  Ask about the exploding volcano mead. Sigh.

Vinegars and Fire ciders are a great way we can produce a good immune boosting medicine at home with ingredients we can grow.

“Make your food your medicine, and your medicine your food”, Hippocrates

Cost of class includes ingredients, containers, resources, time obtaining materials.

$15.00

Put a sheath on it: Leather sheath making with rivets with Gray Taylor

We will be constructing a sheath with bark tanned deer leather/rawhide using cap rivets to keep any tool that is sharp, safe and sound. Bring said tool that needs to be sheathed and water or snacks etc.

Age: 16 and older; 8 students

Materials fee: $40-60

What to bring: A sharp tool, water, cash

Neck Knives with Bob Orcutt

Forge a small Neck Knife from high carbon steel. 2 morning class!

Age: 16 and up; 2 students

Material fee: $5

What to bring: Material for handle (bone, wood or antler)

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.

Production Level Heat Treating Bamboo for Building

All day demo, drop in anytime and help complete a bamboo shelter pole set for the Ancestor Fire – for Piedmont Earthskills.

Age: 12 and up; no limit

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:

Friday Afternoon

Stone Tools with James Clinkscales

Advanced stone tools using available materials including stone, bone, antler and wooden billets. We will discuss methods of reduction process like percussion and pressure flaking. 

Age: 12

Material fee: $5

What to bring: Safety glasses and gloves will be provided

Create Your Own Natural Pigments with Julia Moore

Ever wonder how natural pigments were created? In the past, painting pigments were smelly (crushed snails), toxic/deadly (arsenic and lead) and difficult to create. In this class you will learn about the various ways paints have been historically used and how to create some of your own!

You will be creating your own simple drawing pigments from various plant based materials including turmeric, berries, activated charcoal, cacao powder, coffee and tea. I will also be providing more complex pigments and paper for you to experiment with.

Age: All

Material fee: $5

What to bring: A sketchbook or paper to draw in

Bamboo Fire Saw with Tom “Fireman” Stutz

Learn the history of the bamboo fire saw. Build a bamboo fire saw kit to take with you. Learn proper form and attempt to make fire with your kit. Bring a sharp knife.

Age: adults; 8 students

Materials fee: none

What to bring: sharp knife

Kudzu Freeform hats/visors/caps with Nancy Basket (cont.)

Split kudzu vines and fashion a head piece of your choice. Hear Cherokee stories, bring your cultural questions. Am  and Pm

Age: 12 and up; 20 students

Materials fee: $5

What to bring: clippers

Shaving Horse with Dean Smith (cont.)

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class. 

Age: 14 and up; 6 students

Materials fee: $75 for lumber and hardware

What to bring: Any woodworking tools drills saws screwdrivers hammers Etc

Gourd Craft with Jeff Gottlieb

Make a useful and beautiful container, eating or drinking vessel, toy or musical instrument from a gourd.

Age: 12, limit 12

Material fee: $5-15 depending on size and type of gourd

What to bring: sharp knife, fine toothed saw, pencil

Soapstone animal effigy pendant /necklace with Camper Bob

Learn to shape small black steatite stone pieces into wearable art with improvised stone and metal tools. Hands on participation and discussion of tool use as well as abstract theory of figurative representation for visual communication

Age: 13 and up; 8 students

Material fee: $10

What to bring: a warm body and an inquiring mind

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.  

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.  

Production Level Heat Treating Bamboo for Building (cont.)

All day demo, drop in anytime and help complete a bamboo shelter pole set for the Ancestor Fire – for Piedmont Earthskills. 

Age: 12 and up; no limit

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:    

Cycles, Season and Lunations with Sangoma

This exploration examines how we travel the Ceremonial wheel of the year. Walking in balance through our current Earth and climate changes Requires us to deepen our relationship to the Forces of Nature, the 7 directions and Lunar cycles. How well do we trust our inner Gps, like walking in the woods at night without a Light? The innertracking of our Divine Blueprint from birth is our Guide.

Saturday Morning

Rivercane and Bamboo Flute Making with Hawk Hurst

Participants will create either traditional Native American or Asian-style flutes, using Carolina harvested bamboo. End blown and side blown varities. Pentatonic or Diatonic scales.

Ages 12 and up (or with parent, if younger) 10 total students

Materials Fee:  $15

What to bring:  All materials provided

Tarps bedrolls and burden straps with Camper Bob

Traditional old school minimalist wilderness shelter and bedroll with tump/burden strap transport. Learn to make a proper bedroll and tarp shelter and transport them with a tump/burden strap. Both old school canvas/wool/leather and sisal rope as well as new fangled nylon/plastics/synthetics examples will be presented along with basic gear, cooking and hygiene practices. Hands on participation and basic theory discussion for simple, efficient wilderness living and travel.

Age:10&up/15 students

Materials fee: None

What to bring: a warm body and an enquiring mind

Kudzu and other fast growing vines Rib baskets with Nancy Basket

Using what grows around you, form two rings, weave triangles holding them together, put in ribs and weave with split kudzu. Hear Cherokee stories, bring cultural questions. All day class!

Age:  Adults 10 +

Materials Fee:  $5

What to bring:  Materials are provided

Fire by Friction with Tom “Fireman” Stutz

With determined focus of your mind and body attempt to coax an ember from two pieces of wood. Connect with our ancient ancestors through the practice of fire by hand drill. Bring a sharp knife and a tenacious spirit!

Age: Adult class. 10 students.

Materials Fee: None

What to bring:  Sharp knife.

Portable shaving horse with Dean Smith

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class.

Age 14 & up. Class size 6 students

Materials Fee:  $75.00 for lumber and hardware

What to bring:  Any woodworking tools saws drills hammers screwdrivers Etc if you have them.

Leather Medicine Pouch Sewing: basic leather sewing class with Momma Wendy

In this class we will discuss how the skill of sewing is what enabled humans to cover their bodies, move out of the caves, become nomadic people and eventually populate the world. This is one of the most important skills on the list with fire and shelter making.

We will work with up-cycled leather and discuss the horrors of the current fast fashion industry and what it is doing to our environment; learn some basic leather stitches; and create your own medicine neck pouch to put your special little talismans in.

Materials fee covers, leather fabric, needles, thread, and my smile. 15.00

Limit 10 participants to ensure everyone gets individual attention to learn this important skill.

This is a basic sewing class, so do not hesitate to attend if you have never held a needle before!

Age 10 and up. Limit ten students

Materials Fee:  15

What to bring:  A smile

Neck Knives Continued with Bob Orcutt

Continued from Friday AM – Class Forge a small Neck Knife from high carbon steel.  

Age: 16 and up; 2 students

Material fee: $5

What to bring: Material for handle (bone, wood or antler)

Beginning Finger Weaving with Joan Candolino

Using yarn and weaving with the fingers, make hat band or strap. Basic technique used by north and south eastern Native Americans to make belts and straps.

Age:  Adult, 6 students

Materials fee: $5 if using hemp or waxed cotton, none if using yarn

What to bring:  Fingers!

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.  

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.  

The Way of the Peace Warrior in Social Activism

Learning to embody the core values and codes of conduct of our 1st nations warrior traditions to further social change in these times of of conflict.

Age: adult, no limit

Materials fee:  none

What to bring: 

Saturday Afternoon

Twined Bags with Joan Candolino

Using cotton or jute with yarn, learn the twining (twin weavers) technique to make small bags.

Ages 10 and older, 12 students

Materials fee: $5 if use waxed cotton, none if using yarn

What to bring:  None

Kudzu and other fast growing vines Rib baskets with Nancy Basket

Continued from morning:  Using what grows around you, form two rings, weave triangles holding them together, put in ribs and weave with split kudzu. Hear Cherokee stories, bring cultural questions. All day class!

Age:  Adults 10 +

Materials Fee:  $5

What to bring:  Materials are provided

How to make a living doing primitive skills: a discussion forum with Jeff Gottlieb

Come and share your experiences, questions and techniques for any aspect of integrating these skills with supporting yourself financially

Age:  Teens and adults

Materials fee:  None

What to bring:  Notebook and pen

Soapstone animal effigy pendants with Camper Bob

Learn to shape small black steatite stone pieces into wearable art with improvised stone and metal tools. Hands on participation and discussion of tool use as well as abstract theory of figurative representation for visual communication

Age: 13 and up; 8 students

Material fee: $10

What to bring: a warm body and an inquiring mind

Didgeridoo making and playing with Fuz Sanderson

Fuz Sanderson will teach you how to make and decorate your own bamboo didgeridoo.  We’ll touch on the rich cultural history of Australian original peoples, ecology/uses of bamboo and how to use the tools to make your instrument.   The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing.   Each student goes home with their own didgeridoo.  Approximate time 3 hours.  

Limit 14 people age 13 and above.  

All materials provided

Nature Sketching and Observation Skills with Momo Julia Moore

Do you have a love for drawing and nature, going on plant walks and foraging? Come learn how to observe and draw plants and nature you encounter while out and about!

We will be going on a short plant walk to draw some plants after you learn some field sketching techniques. You will be guided through various ways of incorporating plant information into your journal and methods of creating basic art materials from the natural world around you. Some drawing basics will be covered and if drawing scares you! Field sketchbook skills such as flower pressing, observation techniques, note taking tips and more will be covered. Some basic art materials from nature will also be provided for experimentation such as: beet ink, charcoal ink and paint sticks.

*This class is for all levels , there is something for everyone to learn!

Age:  All

Materials fee:  None

What to bring: Sketchbook, paper and drawing materials

Portable shaving horse with Dean Smith (Cont.)

Make your own portable shaving horse. This is an all day, one day class.

Age 14 & up. Class size 6 students

Materials Fee:  $75.00 for lumber and hardware

What to bring:  Any woodworking tools saws drills hammers screwdrivers Etc if you have them.

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith- prepare to fire!

Working the clay is as Earthy as it gets!  Turnstone will show you how to transform raw clay into a variety of bowls, pots and vessels.  After drying, we will fire the projects in a primitive open fire kiln.  

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness. 

Bamboo Craft with Snowbear Taylor

Your choice of a number of projects – rhythm instruments, kitchen utensils, travel cups, water bottles, mess kits….

Age: 12 and up; 10 students

Materials fee:  $3 per section of bamboo

What to bring:  pocket knife (4” blade)

Sunday Morning

Pine Pitch Glue Sticks with James Clinkscales

How to hold the world together using natural pitch from pines – rendered to be useful!

Age 10 and up, 12 students, no fee.

Finish Carving projects with Barron Brown

Primitive Pottery with Turnstone Keith- After the fire!

Time to check out how the firing went, examine the results.

Age: All

Materials fee:  none

What to bring:  Hands and happiness.

Wild Awareness with Snowbear Taylor

Sharpen all your senses, stimulate your natural curiosity, fully engage self education towards daily new knowledge of the natural world.

Age: all ages, 12 students

Materials Fee:  no

That’s not going to cut it: a sharpening tutorial with Gray Taylor

Bring sharp or dull tools to learn the basics of tool sharpening.

Age: All ages 10 students

Materials fee:  Donations accepted

What to bring: Sharp or dull tool, water.

Finish Projects – multiple instructors

Most instructors will be on hand to assist you with finishing projects you started at the gathering.

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