JULY WEEKEND SKILLS CLASS
Join us for a weekend of skills in the Elaho Valley!
Prep yourself for our weeklong survival course, learn a lot of new skills, and be in the wild. Children and families are welcome.
SKILLS WE WILL COVER (some will choice-based):
- Spoon & Bowl Burning
- Edible & Medicinal Plants
- Making Natural Paints and Pictographs
- Cedar Bark Harvesting
- The Art of Fire
- Wildlife Tracking
WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE FOR YOURSELF:
Food for the weekend – bringing already prepared food, or food that is easy to cook is encouraged.
Transportation for the weekend – we will help facilitate carpools.
Camping supplies – tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, cooking gear, and whatever else you want to bring with you.
WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE:
A larger stove to use for cooking
All materials needed
Amazing skills classes
Children 8 and under come for free.
We will meet in Squamish at 8:00am on Saturday. We will all gather and drive up to the Elaho Valley together. We will get back to Squamish by 5:00pm on Sunday.
THE ART OF HAND DRILL
In this daylong class, you will learn one technique of friction fire – the hand drill. We are very excited to be hosting our good friend and guest instructor, Myron Cretney, a practitioner of hand drill fire, as well as many other amazing skills. Myron will teach you how to find and harvest a hand drill kit, and how to properly use one, including various techniques of making fire. He will also discuss good tinder to use, how to straighten curvy sticks and how to heat treat wood to make it strong.
Location: TBA (likely Eslh7an in North Vancouver)
9am-5pm, July 16 / 2016
REGISTER soon, class size is limited
CATTAIL/TULE WEAVING CLASS
In this weekend class, you will learn various weaving techniques using cattails and tule. We are very excited to be hosting our good friend and guest instructor, Myron Cretney, a practitioner of many skills, inclusing weaving. In this workshop, you will weave a basket or a hat and learn the fine details of using natural materials to do so. Myron will also teach proper and ethical harvesting of materials and how to harvest so you allow for regeneration and care taking of your cattail and tule patches. One-day participation will allow you to weave a basket, two days will allow you to weave a hat.
Location: TBA (likely Eslh7an in North Vancouver)
July 23 & 24, 9am-5pm, both days
$65 for one day, $130 for both
REGISTER for one day
REGISTER for full weekend
Class size is limited
In this one-day workshop, students will have an opportunity to learn how to weave from the heart and create a beautiful cedar bark basket. In the long ago, Cedar was used to create hats, clothing, baskets, masks, canoes, diapers and much more. We are all descendants of hunters and gatherers at some point in our history. Today, we have a chance to embrace the way of the Ancestors and reconnect with wild fibres.
WINTER CRAFTS AND SURVIVAL
In this weekend workshop, we will face winter: snow, cold, darkness. We will camp outside and learn not only how to survive, but also how to thrive in winter conditions. We will focus on three of the four core survival essentials: shelter, water and fire; with hands-on opportunities for all. Come and test your courage and skills in the time when conditions are harshest. Where is your edge?
We will provide a kitchen, hot water and all materials and tools. You are responsible for meals, personal equipment and a tent.
In this class we will be processing a goat from start to finish. You will learn how to skin, gut and quarter an animal. We will be using this goat in a good way, with lots of respect, honour and care. Learn how to harvest the tendons for making rope, how to flesh a hide and use all the parts of the animal. You will also learn how to put away all the meat and will go home with some meat as well. We will also cook up some of the meat on the day of the class. This is an essential class if you are interested in hunting, or just interested in putting away your own meat.
Do you want to totally challenge yourself in making fire? Spend a day with us in the Elaho Valley. With limited supplies, you will be faced with the challenge of making a fire from start to finish with no modern fire technology and no previously made fire kits. You will need to find wood to make a bow drill, find a natural string, make a tinder bundle and find dry wood. If you have taken our fire classes previously, come and test your skills. If you are new to fire, come and learn with us.
THE PATH OF THE MOUNTAIN GOAT
In the old times, it has been said that our Salish Ancestors wove magnificent blankets of Mountain Goat wool. In this one-day workshop, we will explore some of the wild fibres that were harvested and processed, the art of spinning wool, and we will cook up a few natural dyes. The path of the Mountain Goat is steep and rich, filled with precious knowledge, warmth and wisdom.
All things cedar. Turn the bark of yellow cedar into a beautiful bracelet. Learn twining techniques, as well as patterning. Twining is the first step for weaving clothing and blankets. Learn how to make little cedar roses as well.
Where: Pacific Spirit Park
Learn different weaving styles using cedar, wool and jute. You will weave your own basket.
Don’t want to get lost in the woods? Learn from an expert how to keep your bearings, read a map and read a landscape.
Learn how to make really strong rope out of natural materials like nettle, dogbane and cedar. You will also learn and practice many different kinds of knots for all sorts of situations.
KNIVES, SAWS & AXES – Bushcraft Cutting Tools and the Art Behind Using Them
How can you carve a bowl with just a knife? How can you most efficiently chop kindling? In this class we will practice many different styles of carving, as well as sharpening techniques for knives and axes. We will go over things like how to make feather sticks, how to do stop cuts and how to make a square stick round. If you have one, bring your own knife and/or hatchet.
Make a beautiful customized sheath for your knife or hatchet out of leather. Learn stitching techniques, leather craft and shaping. You will go home with a sheath that your knife will not fall out of!
All materials and tools provided.
MOCCASIN MAKING CLASS
Make your own pair of moccasins, just in time for the winter, or as a holiday gift. You will learn how to use different types of leather and different stitching techniques. All materials and tools provided.
WOOL BLANKET JACKET/CAPOTE SEWING CLASS
Make your own jacket/sweater out of a wool blanket… a.k.a. a wool blanket capote. (A google search of wool blanket jacket or wool blanket capote will give you lots of images to get inspired by.)
In this class you will learn the basics of sewing as well as how to use a pattern to make your own clothing. You have the option to use a machine or to sew your project by hand. All materials and instruction will be provided. You’ll go home with a new wool jacket!
- a wool blanket (there are nice ones available at 3 vets, and Guerilla surplus)
- a pattern for your jacket.
The pattern could be a sweater or jacket that you like. Please note that you will be cutting up your pattern. The best is to go the thrift store and find something that fits you well.
This could be a button up jacket, a pullover sweather with a pocket and a hood or a longer knee-length jacet. Delmar can provide some antler buttons, or if you have ones you’d like to use, please bring them. If you want to do extra work, you can also put in a zipper.