Bushcraft and nature lore lessons
I specialize in wilderness survival, bushcraft, nature lore, tracking, and related outdoor activities. I am able to train individuals, staff, and guides and can offer many campcraft ideas to make a program come alive for all ages. Below are some ideas, whether you are interested in private or group instruction.
These bows are primitive but also called self-bows in that it is a piece of wood that is carved to bend into a bow. No glues or backings. We have many local woods that work quite well for making bows. There are numerous design considerations and styles to try. Arrows and strings can also be crafted as well. Generally allow 2 days for a complete build or your own that includes a string and overview of arrow making as well as a walk in the woods to discuss appropriate trees for making bows.
Short lectures to 10-day workshops are possible. In general, a four day course offers a great introduction to wilderness survival and nature lore. Some topics include food, water safety, shelters, and fire starting, knife use and much more. Fire starting can include rubbing sticks, flint and steel, and the use of many natural materials to help you out. Natural fibre cordage is another topic to cover as we have many great plants for making cordage of any length in the woods. Knowing the animal tracks is a hobby unto itself but is a good base of knowledge to have. Depending on group interest, we can cover map and compass and more.
This make a great full day workshop or night time presentation. Having trained under Tom Brown Jr. I have some great tips to share on animal tracks not covered in the generic reference books. I also have tracking rulers and posters made from my own collection of photos that can be purchased.
Skin on frame kayak
These are the original kayak! The photo shows Aleutian style kayaks intended for rougher waters but other designs can be done. This is a larger project but may be of interest for individuals, groups, or even in classrooms as a way of making curriculum come alive. They look great on a wall without the skin too!