Intended for adults and made to suit participants' wishes--from novices to professional guides looking to upgrade. Call to set-up an experience, I will then advertise to get others to join in and make it happen. Small group sizes ensure adequate attention is given to the process of leaning the skills.
Courses are $150/day/person and require a minimum of 6 people. There is opportunity for smaller group sizes. Fee will increase to compensate.
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2017 September 30th & October 3rd. Reserve a spot at one of my sessions at the Fall Splendour workshops at Fulton's Sugar Bush.
Some Themes to Consider
Map, Compass & Lost-proofing. 1day
From beginner to advanced. Learn how to read maps, use a compass and be able to triangulate your position. This knowledge offers the base for understanding the numbers used by G.P.Systems. Make use of many natural features and techniques to navigate with confidence. A basic two hour session can be enhanced with many exercises and hands-on techniques lasting a few hours to two days.
Woods Awareness. 4 days
Nature-lore may include the study of wild edible plants, reading and understanding animal sign and tracks, ecology, and developing a heightened awareness including the sights and sounds often missed by modern adventurers. Bushcraft skills include the techniques of starting fires without matches, wayfinding, clothing, natural fibre rope making, shelters, in depth map and compass (and other lostproofing techniques), leather and bark use, and many, many other bushcrafts that can be used to supplement your nature outings.
May be adapted to run from 2 hour workshops to 10 days of skills training.
Animal Tracks and Clues. 1 day
There is much to learn from each track and trail. Explore walking pattern recognition and specie identification and tips far beyond what is found in most tracking books and guides. Two hour introduction and slide show can be followed by days of outdoors training.
Wood-crafting a Primitive Bow. 2 days
At this point in history, there is a large resurgence in traditional bow making. In light of this, a fast growing amount of knowledge is building and being re-discovered.
Each step of bow making is covered: from the tree to the stave, to the string and arrows. Typically, 45-55 pounds draw weight makes a nice shooting bow for an adult. The bows we will make are made from lumber to save the student time from shaping a wedge from a tree (known as a bow stave). The strings will be made from modern materials. This course takes adults about two full days.
Recent Youth Bow Building day:
The shaving horses (seen above) are great for public demonstrations with heritage themes. These were used for making shingles, paddles, bows, axe handles and much more.
Customized Inuit Style Kayak. 6 days
No special skills required. No wood screws or glues. Just hand-tied lashings, creating a very unique and 'alive' boat that is like no other. Custom fit for the intended paddler. Seven to ten days to make. A group made boat can be done over 3 weekends.
These boats grab attention like no other (including bark boats). Look great on a wall with or without skin on frame. Also ideal for public displays at festivals or theme days.