Tree identification, then, is a key human skill, and intrinsic to the rewilders' path. Learn to employ simple techniques to effectively identify most trees by their location, bark appearance and growth patterns.
As humans, throughout history and long before, studying the behavior of non-human relatives has always been paramount. Practice the skills needed to identify, interpret, read and follow tracks and signs left by wild animals.
In the winter, when ample snow is present, we'll make a snow shelter. When snow is absent, we'll use sticks, twigs and leaves to build a debris shelter! We'll cover a few possible emergency scenarios and detail priorities.
Make a complete bow drill firestarting kit of carved wood and string, and practice using it to make a fire without using matches or a lighter. We will cover the basics of friction fire, and practice form and technique to make coals effectively.
In this class, study a basic overview of the intensive process required to turn animal skins into leather, and learn techniques required to sew with buckskin. We'll use oil-tanned deerskin buckskins to craft wallets, pouches, bags or purses.
Make some barefoot-style minimalist running sandals using a variety of ancient patterns and techniques. The sandals we make may be inspired by many different examples created by different groups of peoples around the world and across time.
Learn to weave a strong, good-sized, round willow basket. We'll employ several different weaving techniques, including twining, randing and waling, in order to create a beautiful basket for foraging, or use in the kitchen or garden.
Learn to weave with willows: they are such a joy to weave with! We'll cover identification, regenerative gathering, storage and processing, and a basic technique required to make a lovely heart for Valentine's Day. Bonus projects: woven fish, stars and other shapes!