Handcrafted tools become an extension of ourselves, a pathway for our creativity to pass through to spring to life in the projects we create. Join this class to create a bone awl to use on your next basketry project, helping it come to life. In class, bone will be shaped and set into a wooden handle with pitch glue to become an extension of yourself. Come with us to create your own custom made tool to use for years to come.
Cost: $95 + $18 materials fee for the Knit Kit
Optionally, students may supply their own materials and supplies if desired. A detailed list of these items can be provided upon registration.
Knit Kit includes: pattern, yarn, knitting needles, stitch marker and drawstring bag to carry it all in.
As the summer marches on, we are reminded that it is the traditional time for people from distant places to gather together. We invite you and your family to our annual Earthwalk Gathering. Camping around a lush field, we enjoy each other’s friendships while sharing in an assortment of ancestral and wilderness living skills.
A variety of workshops are offered throughout the weekend, which may include wild edible plant walks, fire by friction, flint knapping, tanning, basketry, weaving and spinning, knot working, wilderness cooking, and ancestral shelter building as well as fun children’s activities.
Saturday evening we host a traditional salmon feast with all the trimmings. Sunday morning we gather together for our traditional trading session and see what wonderful and interesting items people have brought from afar. You never know what treasures you may find! We hope you can join us in renewing old friendships and kindling new ones. We welcome all, new participants and returning friends alike.
Cost includes on-site tenting, workshop participation, and Saturday evening's feast.
Note: Arrival time begins at 10:00 am on Friday, with workshop registration starting at 11:00 am. Opening circle is about 1:00 pm, and the first workshops begin at 2:00 pm. Additional information is included in each family’s registration packet. We hope to see you there!
Date: August 18-20, 2017
Location: Shelton, WA
Length: 3 days
Price includes on-site tenting, workshop participation, and Saturday Evening’s Feast
Proficient fire making skills can make the difference between a dreary wilderness experience or the highlight of your year. Join our team to learn techniques to quickly build and maintain cheery fire, even under adverse Northwest conditions. Survival experts will demonstrate proper techniques of fire making using bow and drill, flint and steel, ferrocerium rods, as well as a variety of other methods. Students will then move into hands on workshop to practice these skills. Impress your friends on your next wilderness outing by showing your new found fire making abilities. Each participant will take home class handouts, fire by friction kit and a container of the infamous "Fire Balls".
Join us for this information-filled weekend learning the basics of wilderness survival. We will teach the primary skills of shelter building, safe water collecting, fire by friction, and harvesting wild edible plants. Nature awareness, cordage from natural fibers, and the use of rocks as tools will also be covered. If you are interested in becoming more comfortable and self-sufficient in the wilderness, or want to experience the magic of your first bow and drill fire, this fun-filled weekend is for you. This program makes a great refresher course for those who wish to review their wilderness survival skills.
Date: July 7-9, 2017
Location: Shelton, WA
Length: 3 days
Final Cost: $375
Native people of the Plateau region wove beautiful twined bags using plant materials they gathered from their surroundings. These flat twined bags were used for storing dried foods and other valuables.
In this class we weave a flat twined bag of our own, learning the techniques used for centuries. Students weave a small 4"x6" version of the larger traditional bag during this single day class.
In the modern world these bags can serve not only their traditional purposes but will also make great wallets, an extra pocket for your everyday essentials, or even a unique and stylish cell phone case.
Students learn twining, reverse twining, full-turn twining and a false braided rim. False embroidery with dyed corn husk is also taught so weavers can add color and pattern to their creations.
With a caretaker’s attitude, you will learn how to confidently and safely identify, gather, and prepare wild edible meals. You will become acquainted with the wild edible plants that thrive around us while spending a great deal of time in the field identifying and collecting them.
Come join local Northwest ethnobotanist Karen Sherwood as we explore the gifts of nettle, with special focus on edible, nutritional, and medicinal virtues. This course encompasses classroom instruction on proper harvesting techniques and ethics, hands-on field identification of nettle and other local flora while on the trail, and plant preparation utilizing nettle previously collected from private lands. Students will participate in preparing snacks from some of Karen’s favorite nettle recipes and be given a booklet of these instructions to take home with them. We hope to see you there for this day of good fun, good eats, and learning about the gifts of the northwest’s bounty.