MAPS Meet 2017 Session Schedule

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gatherings schedule listed below are for ages 12 & older unless indicated otherwise.  There will be a seperate program for the 7-11 & 4-6 age groups, please see event info for more details. Schedule is subject to change without notice

Friday
7:15am -8am -Breakfast
8:15am-8:45am – Opening Circle instructor intros and schedule announcements

Morning Session 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Cindy Suter- Bamboo Containers (10 participants $5 material fee ages 12+)
  • Matt Bukowski – Fire Making Basics- material selection, proper structures, and effective lighting techniques
  • Joe Murray – Debris Hut- the ultimate survival shelter
  • Doug Elliott –Cordage Making with Natural Fibers
  • Julie Martin- Flint knapping- Stone Tool Making for Women Only
  • Keith Grenoble –Primitive Pottery- Learn prehistoric pottery techniques
  • Lauren Jacobs- Drawing as and observational tool (10 person max )
  • Justin Sutera- Awareness games for adults (20 participants)
  • Denton Bragg-Non Returning Boomerang/Rabbit sticks – (all day/two days $10-30 Material fee 7 person max)
  • Sabrina Squires- Animal butchering – learn how to humanly dispatch an animal, dress, and process the meat.  You can take it further and learn how to tan the hide to make leather in the afternoon.
  • Sarah Corrigan- Medicine Making – Bear fat and pine resin salves and a tincture of bitters ($5 material fee 10 participants)
  • Bill Kaczor –  Basic Knife safety and proper carving techniques
  • Wesley Greene- Making the most use of your harvested wild game examples and discussion

Afternoon Session 1:30pm–5:00pm

  • Alex Kilgore- Friction Fire Bow Drill Method -learn how to produce a bow drill set, choose and process different tinders and fine tune your technique (10 participants)
  • Jan Marcario – Wild Edible and Useful Plant Walk
  • Nick Neddo – Rawhide containers: boxes, pouches, sheathes and bottles. Learn the language of this versatile material and have fun making something really useful and cool. Materials fee: $10-$20 per sq. foot. 10-14 students)
  • Keith Grenoble –Primitive Pottery-  Learn prehistoric pottery techniques
  • Eddie Starnater- Fish Hooks – Learn to make effective fish hooks from bone & other natural materials. (Age 14 & up, Limit 8)
  • Lance Gardner- Basic Jiu-Jitsu (6 max under 18 with parent)
  • Denton Bragg- Non Returning Boomerang/Rabbit sticks – (continued)
  • Wolf Bravo – Proper Knife Sharpening and More
  • Todd Elliott- Woods walk: ecology, foraging, plants, mushrooms, and interactions in the natural world.
  • Sabrina Squires- hide tanning Using eggs, smoke and a little bit of elbow grease, students will flesh, tan and soften their own rabbit hides. This process can take a few hours or a day or two, depending on the amount of time the student has to devote to their hide. All tools, eggs, sewing material and two rabbit hides each will be provided to students. (Material fee $20 Maximum participants: 10)
  • Eric Stone- Bundle Bows – the art of making a serviceable bow using bundles of natural materials
  • Brad Salon- Flint Knapping Basics- Percussion  and Staging- (ages 15 & older, 5$ material fee, 12 people)
  • Charity Cimarron- Pine Needle Baskets- learn how to coil using pine needles to make beautiful functional baskets.

Friday Evening Activities
5:15 pm- 6:15pm – Meet and Greet at the dining hall (please bring treats to share like; homemade snacks, treats, and fermented beverages are welcome)
6:30pm – Dinner
7:30 pm Mead Tasting Fundraiser
7:30PM – Wendy Nufer – Introduction to Shamanism (12 participants ages 11 & older)
8:30pm – Open Mic at Central Campfire (bring instruments and stories)

 

Saturday
7:15am-8:00am – Breakfast
8:15am-8:45am- Morning Circle instructor intros and schedule announcements

Morning Session 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Cindy Suter- Gourd Bowls (10 participants/$10 materials fee 16 or older)
  • Keith Grenoble –Primitive Pottery-  Learn prehistoric pottery techniques
  • Charity Cimarron- Buckskin Sewing All day workshop on the basics of sewing with buckskin. Explore a variety of stitches and learn the joys and challenges of the material. Topics covered: tailoring, shaping, patterns, small clothing items etc. For those working on larger pieces, do not expect to finish during this class, but come to get some support, direction, and inspiration !  Buckskin and sewing tools available for purchase (Ages 12 & older 6 max $5 material fee)
  • Nick Neddo- Pigments and Paint from Stones. 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 participants)
  • Julie Martin- Bow Drill Fire making Women Only
  • Doug Elliott –Weeds Woodslore and Useful Wild Plants
  • Wolf Bravo – Leather Knife Sheath Making ($5-$10 material fee)
  • Todd Elliott- West African traps: a couple styles of traps I learned from time I spent with traditional Baka Pygmies and Bantu people in the Congo Basin of Africa.
  • Phil Bishop-Working with Soapstone- Pendents, Oil Lamps, Bowls, Pipes (7-10 participants $2-$15 material fee)
  • Sabrina Squires- hide tanning (Continued)
  • Joe Murray – Working with Bamboo- spoons, water bottles, chop sticks, & rice steamers
  • Lauren Jacobs- needle felting small sculptures and masks ($5 material fee 10 person max)
  • Denton Bragg-Non Returning Boomerang/Rabbit sticks – (all day day two continued)
  • Sarah Corrigan- Working with birch bark- make a small diagonally plaited basket (8 participants)
  • Julie Biedrzycki –  Basic Fermentation – How to Make a Tasty Mead ($10 material fee 10 participants)
  • Bill Kaczor –  Basic Knife safety and proper carving techniques

Afternoon Session 1:30pm–5:00pm

  • Alex Kilgore- Friction Fire Bow Drill Method -learn how to produce a bow drill set, choose and process different tinders and fine tune your technique (10 participants)
  • Matt Bukowski –Lost Proofing through aidless navigation and song lining
  • Justin Sutera – Ash Splint Basketry (10 participant max $5 material fee)
  • Jan Marcario – How to make rope and string from natural fibers
  • Eddie Starnater- Acorn Processing -The Forgotten Food, acorn is delicious, nutritious and easy to process in your kitchen. Learn traditional and modern ways to quickly and easily process & leach acorn, and discover the many tasty ways to use acorn every day. (NOTE: Acorn is a tree nut. Please do not attend if you have a tree nut allergy.)
  • Lance Gardner- Basic Jiu-Jitsu (6 max under 18 with parent)
  • Charity Cimarron- Buckskin Sewing continued from first session
  • Wendy Nufer- Basic Shamanic Healing Techniques (12 participants max; adults only)
  • Jeff Gottlieb- Whittling wooden utensils. Brings a small sharp non serrated knife (material fee $5) •
  • Todd Elliott- Woods walk: ecology, foraging, plants, mushrooms, and interactions in the natural world.
  • Keith Grenoble –Primitive Pottery-  Learn prehistoric pottery techniques
  • Wesley Greene- Blacksmithing (ages 14 & older 10 max $10 material fee)
  • Denton Bragg-Non Returning Boomerang/Rabbit sticks – (continued)
  • Sabrina Squires- hide tanning (Continued)
  • Eric Stone- AtlAtl Making the evolution of the throwing spear
  • Brad Salon- Flint Knapping Basics- Pressure Flaking-(ages 15 & older, 5$ material fee, 12 people)

Saturday Evening Activities
6:30pm – Dinner
7:30 pm Mead Tasting Fundraiser
8:30pm Campfire with Doug Elliot

 

Sunday
7:15am-8:00am – Breakfast
8:15am-8:45am – Morning Circle instructor intros and schedule announcements

Morning Sessions 9:00am-12:30pm

  • Cindy Suter- Gourd Bowls (10 participants/$10 materials fee)
  • Keith Grenoble – Primitive Pottery-  Learn prehistoric pottery techniques and proper open fire kilns
  • Cheyenne Greene –Fire Making Basics- Proper Tinder, Material selection, structures with modern and primitive lighting techniques
  • Julie Martin- Flint Knapping – Stone Tool Making for Women Only
  • Doug Elliott –Story telling workshop
  • Eric Stone- Wooden Spoon Making – Burn and Scrape Method (12 max $5 material fee)
  • Todd Elliott- West African traps: a couple styles of traps I learned from time I spent with traditional Baka Pygmies and Bantu people in the Congo Basin of Africa..
  • Wendy Nufer- Beginning Flintknapping (Pressure Flaking) for Kids Ages 8 & Up
  • Lauren Jacobs- 10 hand stitches you should know ($1 material fee 10 person max)
  • Joe Murray – Fire crutch – Fire by Friction
  • Jeff Gottlieb- Cordage College – Basic and advanced cordage making. Check out many materials, tools, and methods for making cordage faster, stronger and beautiful
  • Sabrina Squires- sewing fur hats This is an in depth class that will walk students through the steps of making a fur hat to keep their noggin warm. We will work from full hides, trace out our patterns, sew fur and cloth liners to complete our hats. ($35 material fee Max participants 5)
  • Denton Bragg- Primitive Cane/Bamboo Arrow Making – (all day/two days $5 material fee 10 participant max)
  • Sarah Corrigan- Hand Spinning Wool with Drop Spindles (10 participants)
  • Julie Biedrzycki –  Basic Fermentation – How to Make a Tasty Mead ($10 material fee 10 participants)
  • Bill Kaczor –  Basic Knife safety and proper carving techniques

Afternoon Session 1:30pm–5:00pm

  • Matt Bukowski –Fire Basics- material selection, proper structures, and effective lighting techniques
  • Alex Kilgore- Friction Fire Bow Drill Method -learn how to produce a bow drill set, choose and process different tinders and fine tune your technique (10 participants)
  • Nick Neddo – Rawhide containers: boxes, pouches, sheathes and bottles. Learn the language of this versatile material and have fun making something really useful and cool. (Materials fee: $10-$20 per sq/ft. 10-14 students)
  • Eddie Starnater- Archery – Learn proper archery techniques for traditional and primitive bows (Age 14 & up, Limit 8)
  • Justin Sutera- Ash Splint Basketry (10 participants max $5 material fee)
  • Jan Marcario –Wild Edible and Useful Plant Walk
  • Wolf Bravo – Proper knife sharpening and more
  • Charity Cimarron- Pine Needle Baskets- learn how to coil using pine needles to make beautiful functional baskets.
  • Lance Gardner- Basic Jiu-Jitsu (6 max under 18 with parent)
  • Phil Bishop-Working with Soapstone- Pendents, Oil Lamps, Bowls, Pipes (7-10 participants $2-$15 material fee)
  • Keith Grenoble – Primitive Pottery-  Learn prehistoric pottery techniques and proper open fire kilns
  • Wesley Greene- Blacksmithing (ages 14 & older 10 max $10 material fee)
  • Denton Bragg- Primitive Cane/Bamboo Arrow Making – (continued)
  • Wendy Nufer- Sacred Chant
  • Brad Salon- Flint Knapping Basics- Simple Flake Tools- Saw, Scrapers, Drills-(ages 15 & older, 5$ material fee, 12 people)
  • Lauren Jacobs- Drawing as and observational tool (10 person max)

Sunday Evening Activities
5:00pm – Jeff Gottlieb Trade Blanket (ages 16 & up)
6:30pm- Dinner
8:30pm Campfire/Puppet show with Charity

 

Monday
7:30am-8:15am- Breakfast
8:30am-9:15am- Morning Circle instructor intros and schedule announcements

Morning Session 9:30am-12:30 pm

  • Keith Grenoble –Primitive Pottery – The final product pick up
  • Denton Bragg- Primitive Cane/Bamboo Arrow Making – (day two final touches)
  • Cindy Suter- Bamboo Containers (10 participants/$5 material fee)
  • Wolf Bravo – Leather Knife Sheath Making ($5-$10 material fee)
  • Julie Martin- Bow Drill Fire making Women Only
  • Alex Kilgore- Friction Fire Bow Drill Method – learn how to produce a bow drill set, choose and process different tinders and fine tune your technique (10 participants)
  • Lance Gardner- Basic Jiu-Jitsu (6 max under 18 with parent)
  • Eddie Starnater- Fiber Sandles – Make your own simple, custom-fit sandals out of natural materials. ($5 materials fee. Age 14 & up, Limit 10)
  • Justin Sutera- Bow Making – the nuts and bolts applied to mini bows for accelerated learning (12 participants max )
  • Jeff Gottlieb- How to see and hear more in the woods: Learnng to use your senses better in order to see wildlife, avoid dangers, and forage succesfully
  • Phil Bishop-Working with Soapstone- Pendents, Oil Lamps, Bowls, Pipes (7-10 participants $2-$15 material fee)
  • Charity Cimarron- Pine Needle Baskets- learn how to coil using pine needles to make beautiful functional baskets.
  • Sabrina Squires- sewing fur hats This is an in depth class that will walk students through the steps of making a fur hat to keep their noggin warm. We will work from full hides, trace out our patterns, sew fur and cloth liners to complete our hats. ($35 material fee Max participants 5)
  • Brad Salon- Flint Knapping Next Steps- For folks who have knapped before at least once, advanced concepts and techniques. (ages 15 & older, 5$ material fee, 12 people)
  • Matt Bukowski – Basic animal tracking- locating trails and sign tracking

Afternoon Session 1:30pm- 3:30pm

  • Joe Murray – Caretaking and reading the forest landscape
  • Nick Neddo- Hand drill friction fire. 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. (15-20 students.)
  • Jan Marcario – How to make rope and string from natural fibers
  • Cheyenne Greene –Fire Making Basics- Proper Tinder, Material selection, structures with modern and primitive lighting techniques
  • Sarah Corrigan- Working with birch bark- make a small diagonally plaited basket (8 participants)
  • Denton Bragg- Primitive Cane/Bamboo Arrow Making – (day two final touches)
  • Wesley Greene- Mushroom Propagation (15 max $10 material fee)
  • Wendy Nufer- Carving & Coal-burning Wilderness Spoons & Containers ($2 – 4 Materials Fee, 12 participants max, ages 11 – adult)

 

We have specialized programming for youth ages 7-11 and some surprises in store for the Teens this year. please encourage your teens to participate.  The schedule below is subject to change without notice.

This is a primitive skills gathering, we would like you to understand that we attempt to keep to the schedule but “camp time” is much different than “city time” and all the times listed above are “ISH”.

Please respect the instructors and honor their material fees and age limits. Collecting and processing materials is sometimes a painstaking tedious process.

Instructors

Our event has a small budget and we can only offer a stipend to these amazing instructors. Please donate to help support our much valued and needed instructors. Most of our instructors travel many miles to attend and spend countless hours harvesting, transporting, preparing, and storing materials for this event. Your donation is greatly appreciated and 100% tax deductible.