Primitive Skills

Using natural materials, time tested techniques, and your own two hand your can learn to craft anything from a bow and arrow, to a stone axe, to your own leather clothing. These are the skills people used to thrive in the long term. Primitive skills, hand crafts, stone tools and flint knapping.

White Tail Projects

The White Tailed Deer is the most commonly hunted ungulate in North America. Like all the mammals we eat, it has many fantastic materials sources beyond the meat and tanned hide. In this course we will dive into those most useful resources that can be taken from deer and other mammals. We will process bones and antler, working on projects such as knives, awls, fish hooks, and more. We will get into raw hide projects, learning how simple it is to turn a fresh skin into raw hide, as well as how to shape containers with this mold-able yet durable material.

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Origins-9 Month Program

Nine months, over 30 class days of training, one course a month ending with a week long stone age living trip. Engage yourself in your landscape and material culture in a whole new way. Immerse yourself in a handmade life. Studying, making, and using the tools needed to meet your basic needs, not in a short term survival scenario, but in a long term relationship of living with the land.

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Bow and Arrow Making

Combining bow building Osage Orange bow and primitive arrow making, this course is intensive, hands on, information rich, fulfilling, and fun as it gets. A total of six days.

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Basic Stone Tools- Flint Knapping

Shaping rocks into beautiful and functional tools is a fun and challenging skill that has been practiced for over 3 million years! This course is a basic stone tool class for beginner and intermediate flint knappers.

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Wild Edible Plant Foraging

Learn to see through the wall of green to a bounty of healthy, delicious, and nutritious local foods! Join Roots for a day of getting to know how to identify, harvest, and process wild edibles. A one Day Class.

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Bow Building

Build your own self bow that will last a life time while learning the fundamental principals of bow making and its dynamics. A four day class.

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Raw Hide Craft

There are many ways to utilize an animals skin. One of the most easily accessible and useful techniques is crafting with rawhide. In this short one day course we will go over processing rawhide from a fresh skin and how to source materials. Then we will get into several approaches to using rawhide, from straps, to bags, to sheaths, to boxes and other containers. All materials are included.

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Hide Tanning

Turn a raw deer hide into beautiful and functional buckskin for clothing and projects. Also looks into making and using rawhide, sinew, hide glue, bone, and more. Space is limited. A three day class.

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Pelt Tanning

Furs and pelts are an amazing way to get your hands on the tanning process. The process of tanning small pelts is less intensive and more approachable then tanning a whole deer hide into buckskin. At the same time it introduces you to much of the principals, terminology, and processes of hide tanning. As well, you get to learn how to take raw pelts and turn them into beautiful furs to use in projects such as making hats, gloves, vests, hood liners, and pouches. In this course students will tan and take home rabbit pelt.

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Celts, Adzes, Axes, and Chisels - Pecked and Ground Stone Tools

Ancient Technology of pecking and grinding to produce functional wood working tools. This is labor intensive and highly fulfilling. A four day class.

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Ancient Living Skills

Students work with a variety of important materials and processes such as bone and antler carving, soap stone carving, birch bark plaiting, advanced cordage and drop spindles, hand weaving, bent wood and rawhide burden baskets and more... A four day class.

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Primitive Arrow Making

2 days, Learn the art of producing functional primitive arrows from natural materials of bone, wood, sinew, pitch, and feathers. Stone tool processes covered.

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Cooking by Fire

Learn to cook in and open hearth fire setting. Using traditional techniques you can bake, broil, fry, steam, roast, and more just using a fire. This class is literally delicious. A one day class.

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Birch Basket Weaving - Diagonal Plaiting

Learn to weave birch bark with the diagonal plaiting method, a fun and accessible way to make beautiful and functional vessels. A one day class.

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Advanced Flint Knapping

If you have taken knapping before and want to grow your skills, this class is for you. I will work with everyone individually at their skill level, and my job is to help you take your knapping to the next level! This class will focus on a slew of advanced topics such as: refining accuracy for percussion and alternate supporting methods, adding power for pressure flaking, learning indirect percussion and several different punching types, fluting, and blade cores.

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Open House and Skills Share

A free event in which prospective students came come out and get a feel for the school and old students can come and see whats new and work on skills in an open setting. A one day event.

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