Introduction to Primitive Skills in the Boreal Forest
Instructor: Jeff Yacevich
This workshop will introduce students to the tools and skills needed to interact with their boreal forest home. Participants will learn how to use the axe and knife to craft forest materials into fiber, fire, a tool for hunting, and a tool for gathering. Each craft will deepen students experience with the twin tools of the north. Every three hour class will include a discussion, demonstration, and as much hands on learning as time permits.
Day 1, Axe and Knife: The basic tools of subsistence will be introduced and demonstrated. Students will use these tools to prepare material for a fire kit. Sharpening will be demonstrated if time permits.
Day 2, Cordage: The subsistence economy was tied together. The fibers of the boreal forest will be introduced and processed for use during each of the following days.
Day 3, Fire: Discussion of the importance of fire as a shelter and tool in and of itself. This will be followed by a Friction fire demonstration. Any remaining time will be used to finish kits and practice using them.
Day 4, Hare Snare: An overview of the snare and the importance of hunting to the people of the north. Students will use their axe, knife, and cordage to make a tool that hunts for them.
Day 5, Berry Bucket: Gathering and storing everything in its season is made easier with containers. Guidance on gathering birch bark and spruce root will be followed by an opportunity to start birch bark gathering containers.
Dates of the program: Monday through Friday, July 31 – August 4, 2017
Time of the program: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm each day
Minimum number of students: 6
Maximum number of students: 8
Ages: 11 to adult
Location: The Folk School outdoors
Cost: $165 (members)/$248 (non-members) Become a Folk School Member!
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