Thursday (10/19/2017) - Morning

Bamboo Fish Traps Snow Bear

Teens welcome.

Crocheted Mat Making Vikki Blalock

Make a mat for sitting on the ground. This is an all day class. The morning class will be making your cordage to crochete with from plastic bags. This is an adult class but if you are a child who already knows the basics of crocheting, you are welcome.

Cultural Trends in the Ancient Living Skills Communities: A public forum Hawk Hurst

Participants will share and discuss cultural trends they are witnessing in the ancient (primitive) living skills communities. All manner of civil and appropriately stated ideas, concerns, comments, & stories, from all ages, will be most welcome.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

In this class you can learn the basics of stone age tool manufacture techniques or hone your skills to the next level! We will cover reduction process including percussion and pressure flaking techniques using stone, bone and antler billets.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Kudzu Water Bottle Holder Nancy Basket

Learn all about the invasive plant that can do about everything while random free forming a birds nest like water bottle holder. Bring your own container.

Thursday (10/19/2017) - Afternoon

Appalachian Cup and Ball Jerry TwoBear

Medicine men used this game to teach eye/hand coordination. Ages 7 and up to 77.

Bamboo Fish Traps Snow Bear

Teens welcome.

Cordage Clinic Jeff Gottlieb

Make strong, beautiful, useful string and rope from natural fibers. All skill levels welcome. We'll learn about sources for fibers, methods of collecting and processing, and techniques for turning fibers into handmade cordage. Instructor's book on cordage, "Fibers of Life" will be available for sale if desired.

Crocheted Mat Making Vikki Blalock

Continued from the morning. Finish your mat to sit on the ground with from plastic bags.

FUN-damentals of Fire - Fire From the Landscape Bill Kaczor

Have you spent a lot of time around fires? Have you been helping keep them burning but never actually built one with all natural materials... Fear no more!!! We will explore the forest and learn how to identify, harvest and use the proper materials to build the most efficient structures to light a successful one match fire. If you can light a fire using one match then you will succeed with a coal from a friction fire kit. Once the concepts are learned and time permits we will put them to the test through several fire challenges and demo some friction fire techniques!

Hand drill friction fire Nick Neddo

Learn to find, make and use the hand drill as a viable fire option. Develop form and technique that leads to a greater level of mastery of this ancient and simple technology. 15 students.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE. Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Kudzu Water Bottle Holder or Freeform Basket Nancy Basket

Continue the morning class or make a freeform basket. Make a handle or lid.

Medicine Making with a focus on making elderberry syrup Ivy Lynn

introduction and overview - We will be making medicines in the class with a focus on making elderberry syrup

Plant Distillation Marie-Lies Van Asten

Learn how to distill plants, roots and resins using a copper still to make hydrosols (i.e. rose water & orange water). When a plant is distilled, its essential oil, hydrosol or both can be extracted. Hydrosols can be used as toners, added to cream, to flavor foods, etc. Everyone will take some hydrosol home.

Rivercane Flute Making Hawk Hurst

Participants will make and learn to play a traditional Native American-style rivercane flut - end-blown, pentatonic scale. All Ages. $10 Material/Tool Use Fee.

Soapstone and Yucca Cordage Bracelets Camper Bob

Learn to work small pieces of soapstone with simple stone and metal tools and spin a piece of Yucca cordage to tie it into a bracelet.

We Are Our Ancestors Returned Sangoma Oludoye

This time calls those seeking to gain deeper access to our cellular memories and gifts we have to share at this time in our personal and matrix evolutions of the world we live in... In the approach of All Hallows Eve, All soul`'s weekend and Dia DE Muertos, we will explore celebrations that manifest stronger connections to the Family tree and the life skill tools we inherited.

Friday (10/20/2017) - Morning

Bird Walk! AKA ornithology, ecology and other mythologies. Fuz Sanderson

This class includes bird id by sight, sound, and behavior, as well as ecological interconnections and ways of enhancing your awareness ( the most important wilderness skill). And once upon a time we may tell some mythological stories that tie it all together.

Build a Shaving Horse Barron Brown

A Shaving Horse is a combination of a vice and workbench used for woodworking. Shaving horses allow you to sit astride the workbench and use your feet to operate the vice clamp, freeing your hands for shaving your wood down with a drawknife or other tool. Commonly used in bow-making, these are great tools. Choose from English or European style and make your own! We'll be working traditionally with hand tools. This is an ALL DAY CLASS and may take you half of a second day (Saturday afternoon) as well to finish. There are enough materials for 6 folks to go home with their own, but there's plenty of space for people to drop in and learn how the process goes.

Door Chime/ Wind Chimes Vikki Blalock

Make pretty sounds using wood and recycled glass globes. Can hang by the doorway for visitors to announce their arrival or in the yard for the wind to catch.

Face Cream Making Marie-Lies Van Asten

Learn to make your own face cream using infused oils, hydrosols and beeswax. We will use the hydrosol we made on Thursday in the cream. Everyone will take some home.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Knotted Net Bags & Digging Sticks or Rabbit Sticks Snow Bear

Nut Processing Jeff Gottlieb

We will learn about several species of edible nuts found in our area, crack, extract and prepare them for eating. Check out the clever traditional and modern tools for working with them. You do not want to miss the acorn cookies! Age limit 10 and up.

Pigments and Paint from Stones Nick Neddo

Hunt and gather rocks and learn how to harvest their colors for painting anything you want. Discover the magic ingredients that distinguish one paint from another. We’ll check out primitive paintbrushes too. Bring skills and projects to paint. 10 students.

Rivercane Flute Making, Native American-style Hawk Hurst

Participants will learn to hand-craft their own Native American-style, end-blown, river cane flute. Adults & Youth-Ages 10 and up. Materials/Tool Use Fee: $10.00

Soapstone and Yucca Cordage Bracelets Camper Bob

Learn to work small pieces of soapstone with simple stone and metal tools and then spin a piece of yucca cordage to tie your stone into a bracelet.

Some Sewing Fun Gail Torchio

A sewing class playing with basic stitches and circles of fabric and felt. We will make either a mug rug or a needle keep. A mug rug is like a coaster, just more fun. A needle keep, in this case, will be a round pocket to keep small sewing supplies in. No experience necessary.

Trashbag Rainsuits Critter Watts

With a roll of contractor bags and a roll of duct tape, you can make three piece rain suits for your whole family. Come learn how, and be nice and dry when the rain comes. Bring water, something to sit on, a sharp knife/scissors (if you have one), Kids 12+ with an adult.

Friday (10/20/2017) - Afternoon

Ancient Games, Stories, & Songs You Can Share Hawk Hurst

Games, Songs, and Stories from Ancient Cultures will be explored, shared, and enjoyed.

Build a Shaving Horse Barron Brown

CONTINUATION FROM FRIDAY MORNING A Shaving Horse is a combination of a vice and workbench used for woodworking. Shaving horses allow you to sit astride the workbench and use your feet to operate the vice clamp, freeing your hands for shaving your wood down with a drawknife or other tool. Commonly used in bow-making, these are great tools. Choose from English or European style and make your own! We'll be working traditionally with hand tools. This is an ALL DAY CLASS and may take you half of a second day (Saturday afternoon) as well to finish. There are enough materials for 6 folks to go home with their own, but there's plenty of space for people to drop in and learn how the process goes.

Bull Roarers Jerry TwoBear

Bull Roarers used by Native Americans to insure good hunts, fishing, weather, and intentions.

Empowering Women through Herbs and Ritual Ivy Lynn

We will look at each phase of a woman’s life: menstruation, sexuality, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. We will look at a few herbs for each phase, we will discuss many issues that effect us in each and how to empower ourselves and each other. We will also consider the cycles of the moon and the cycles of the year and how attuning to them will help us attune to ourselves and the planet.

Flintknapping James Clinkscales

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE. Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Natural Dyeing with Native Plants Kelly Gaskill

Come experiment with the wide range of color found in our native plants and mushrooms! We will explore the basic techniques of natural plant dyes on silk, wool and cotton. Some fabrics and yarn will be provided (for a small fee), or bring something small to put in the dye pot!

Rabbit Butchering Jeff Gottlieb

Rabbit butchering. We will go through all the steps of preparing a rabbit for food. Learn to kill it humanely and respectfully, skin efficiently, gut and clean it, and quarter it for cooking. If you want a rabbit to take home, materials fee is $20. Please contact me before the event so I know how many rabbits to bring. Jeff at 631 457 9009 or argskids@optonline.net.

Sheath Making Justin Godbey

I'll teach you how to make a pouch style sheath for your knife. If you already know how, then we can make a more advanced sheath. I'll provide all materials needed. Students can make a donation if you want, but it's not necessary. Suggested donation $5. Age requirement: 12 and up.

Saturday (10/21/2017) - Morning

Cold Process Soapmaking Marie-Lies Van Asten

Learn to make soap using the cold process method using oils, lye, water and plants/clays to color the soap. Everyone will take a bar of soap home.

Dutch Oven Cooking Vikki Blalock

We will cook chicken and vegetables for lunch with a cobbler for dessert.

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Make Your Own Buckskin! Luke McLaughlin

CONTINUATION OF CLASS FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Come and learn the ancient art of making soft, supple, and durable, buckskin from deer skin! This is a 4 day class and students will need to work hard to finish their product by Sunday. Students will learn how to listen to their hide, and will get to work their hide all the way through the entire process. By end of the class you will get to take home your own hide! All you need to bring is a sharp knife, water, energy, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty and nasty!

Primitive Cookout, Fall Wild Harvest Snow Bear

All ages welcome. Donations accepted.

Southeastern Moccasin Making Jeff Gottlieb

Learn to make custom fitted traditional footwear of the Southeastern Native tribes. This is an all day class. You must bring or buy buckskin. The morning will consist of pattern making, discussion of design, choosing hides and layout. We will sew them in the afternoon! Go home with the most comfortable footwear you have ever worn!

The Jug Sling Knot Critter Watts

Learn one of the best ways to carry your water bottle ever invented. With this easy and versatile system, consisting of three knots, you can carry almost any water bottle hands free. Bring your water bottle and rope, paracord, or string. Or, you can purchase some from our stock for a Materials Fee.

Witching For Water Jerry TwoBear

Learn the age old secrets of dousing to find underground springs at any depth.

Saturday (10/21/2017) - Afternoon

Build a Shaving Horse Barron Brown

CONTINUATION FROM FRIDAY MORNING A Shaving Horse is a combination of a vice and workbench used for woodworking. Shaving horses allow you to sit astride the workbench and use your feet to operate the vice clamp, freeing your hands for shaving your wood down with a drawknife or other tool. Commonly used in bow-making, these are great tools. Choose from English or European style and make your own! We'll be working traditionally with hand tools. There are enough materials for 6 folks to go home with their own, but there's plenty of space for people to drop in and learn how the process goes.

FIRE - Harvest Materials & Experiment with Methods Russell Cutts

Join fire expert Russell Cutts for a woods-walk to gather fire materials followed by a session on the hand-drill, fire-saw, and fire-plow methods of making friction fire.

Flutes from Around the World - Bamboo and Rivercane Hawk Hurst

Participants will hand-craft their own traditional flutes (several cultures): both bamboo and river cane: pentatonic and diatonic scale; side and end-blown types. Ages 14 and up.. Materials/Tool Use Fee: $15

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

CONTINUATION FROM MORNING CLASS. NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE. Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife. Class will require a minimum of 1 1/2 days. After this ALL DAY CLASS, you have the option to drop in as the week progresses to work on your project at your own pace.

Make Your Own Buckskin! Luke McLaughlin

CONTINUATION OF CLASS FROM THURSDAY MORNING - NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Come and learn the ancient art of making soft, supple, and durable, buckskin from deer skin! This is a 4 day class and students will need to work hard to finish their product by Sunday. Students will learn how to listen to their hide, and will get to work their hide all the way through the entire process. By end of the class you will get to take home your own hide! All you need to bring is a sharp knife, water, energy, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty and nasty!

Primitive Cookout, Fall Wild Harvest Snow Bear

All ages welcome. Donations accepted.

Rawhide containers: boxes, pouches, sheathes and bottles Nick Neddo

Learn the language of this versatile material and have fun making something really useful and cool. Materials fee: $10-$20 per sq. foot.

Southeastern Moccasin Making Jeff Gottlieb

This is a continuation from a class that began this morning. No new students, please. Learn to make custom fitted traditional footwear of the Southeastern Native tribes. This is an all day class. You must bring or buy buckskin. The morning will consist of pattern making, discussion of design, choosing hides and layout. We will sew them in the afternoon! Go home with the most comfortable footwear you have ever worn!

Spinning wool on a drop spindle Jamie Sparks

Learn to prepare and spin wool fleece to create yarn on a drop spindle. Then have the opportunity to spin your wool on different drop spindles and explore a bit of what is possible. Warning: spinning is an addictive past time!

Womens Backcountry Health Janara Nerone

Come and gather for a lively discussion on tips and techniques for women’s health and hygiene in the backcountry from mountain guide Janara Nerone. We’ll talk about menstruation, sanitation, temperature regulation, and gear considerations. Bring your questions about how to move in harmony with the land and your womanhood, and perhaps materials with which to take notes. We will meet at the Acoustic Temple, on the wooded hill above the main event area.

Sunday (10/22/2017) - Morning

200 + Fires from a Dead Bic Lighter Critter Watts

Just because it's out of butane doesn't mean the fun is over. Quality friction fire devices are laying around all over the place. Come learn how to put them to use!

Knife Making with Damian and Asa Damian Watauga

FINISHING YOUR KNIFE (THIS CLASS IS FOR STUDENTS WHO BEGAN THEIR PROJECTS EARLIER THIS WEEK)- NO NEW STUDENTS PLEASE Blacksmithing A Knife Learn to make a knife from raw materials using a charcoal Japanese ground forge and readily available hand tools. Part I: forge a knife blank from high carbon steel Part II: grinding and finishing with simple hand tools Part III: hardening and tempering Part IV: setting the handle and taking home a finished knife.

Old School Minimal Camping Camper Bob

Learn basic old school camp skills. How to pitch a simple tarp. Make a proper bedroll. Tie it all together and carry it with a tumpline/burden strap. Both traditional (i.e.canvas ground-cloth&tarp/wool blanket/leather tumpline) as well as improvised modern (i.e.plastic-nylon ground-sheet&tarp/poncho liner-/seatbelt strap-nylon webbing burden strap)will be demonstrated along with the few basic knots used. Hands on test driving of tumpline rigged bedroll and gearbox for all who want to try it. ***This is not a knot class. Knots are a basic camp skill every camper should know. You do not have to know your knots to take this class but we will not be learning how to tie them in this class***

Sit Spot - Nature Awareness and How to Quiet your Mind Bill Kaczor

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