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Cordage and fire by friction workshop · Thursday, November 24th

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Organized by: Cassandra Elphinstone.

Start: Thursday, Nov. 24th, 5:00 pm


In 2015, Saskia Wolsak (an Ethnobotanist) ran a workshop on the edible plants in BC for the VOC:
After this edible plants workshop some people wanted to practice what they learned and learn more. This second workshop will teach people some basic skills that our ancestors knew about living off the land. Saskia has agreed show us how to create string/cord from plant materials and how to make fire using friction (bow drill fire starting).

This workshop will go over what plant materials are easily made into cord and how to twist these fibers into string. If there is time we might also try to create a fire using the bow drill technique. Possibly, in the spring, I will try to organize a weekend hike for people to practice these (and other) skills outside.

Also, if you are interested, Saskia offered to show how to carve a bow drill in advance of the main workshop. We would need a piece of very dry Western Red Cedar wood, and then we could get together with a couple of knives and carve one out.

Posted: 2016-10-27 12:00:30
Last modified: 2016-11-23 11:48:33