Come and learn the ancient art of fire by friction and ignite the fire within you. This 2-day workshop is a tutorial in bow drill fire by friction method. Learning this one skill opens a vast world of possibilities and the emphasizes the importance of learning how to create fire in this way.
The Traditional Bow Building Workshop engages in the fine art of bow making; learning to carve and shape a single piece of wood into a beautiful and efficient hunting bow. While participating in this workshop you will experience the complete process of bow making from start to finish. This is not a survival or quickie bow class.
You will learn how to properly select, harvest, and season bow wood. We then work through design & layout, shaping, tillering (bending), and finally shooting. Each participant will also learn how to make their own bow strings. In the end you will have completed a highly effective hunting tool that you will be able to enjoy for many years to follow.
In this walk and talk we focus entirely on wild edibles, although we may address questions on medicinal benefits here and there, food will be the focus. Each month of the growing season in the mid Atlantic is so diverse in plants and fungi, we will definitely include fungal foods when they pop! With each plant /mushroom we encounter we will discuss:
How to correctly identify each plant
What parts are edible
How to safely prepare it for eating
How to preserve it for long term storage
How to honor the plant and help it thrive (aka planting back/how to not over harvest)
This is a hands-on experiential workshop series that empowers people to connect more deeply with plants. We will gather and process wild food, prepare herbal remedies, explore the ecology and learn how we can help habitats to thrive.
Students will walk away herbal extracts, native seeds, new recipes, and prepared foods to share with their loved ones.
When: 12 - 5pm (see below for schedule and topics) Locations: We will explore several wild place located in; Greenbelt, Bowie, and Glenn Dale, MD