Friday Workshops

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Friday Afternoon and Evening Workshops are Here!

A perfect option for those of you who can't get away for a whole day, who are busy on the weekends, or who are looking for more of our targeted, project-based sessions.

Workshops will run on scheduled Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. and evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Friday workshops encompass and all types of skills — a great opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and experience by getting hands-on with a wide variety of projects and sessions.

 


 

Beeswax CandlesNEW! Candle Making

Candles have long been a stable source of light and warmth in homes around the world. Candles can be made of anything from animal tallow to soy to beeswax and are easy to make at home. This evening you'll learn how to make candles using molds (both commercial molds and home made) and dipped candles from beeswax. Whether for use in emergency situations or to bring a comfortable feeling on a cold winter's night, making your own candles is a handy skill to know, and a great way to spend an evening!
(7 - 9:30 p.m.)

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Preparing for Emergencies: Where to Start

HurricaneThere is no excuse for being unprepared in an emergency situation, whatever it may be. The ability to move quickly and easily, knowing that everything you need is ready to be picked up on a moment's notice, can make all the difference. Self-reliance is about knowing that you are prepared for virtually any type of emergency, and while a thorough knowledge of survival strategies is indispensable, a well-prepared emergency strategies for home, work and in the car can make the unexpected far less dangerous, and increase your odds of safety and survival exponentially. (7 - 9:30 p.m.)

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Preparing for Emergencies: Prepping Your "GO" Bag

Go BagGO Bag — Bug-out Bag — GOOD Bag (Get Out Of Dodge) — Emergency Survival Kit — Whatever you choose to call it, this indespensible equipment bag is something that EVERYONE should have. We each have our own Bug-out Bags that GO everywhere we do, and so should you and every member of your family (including pets!) Simple to put together and essential to have, this evening we will go through all the "must-haves" for your GO Bag, what are "wants", what are "needs" and how to figure out the difference. It's not just about the major emergencies, it's about those everyday accidents, incidents and "Oh crap" events that your "GO" Bag will get you through!
(7 - 9:30 p.m.)

February 24 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

House Kit Preparing for Emergencies: The House Kit

This evening will teach you how to put together your own Household Emergency Kit that will prepare you & your family to Shelter-in-Place for a week or longer during an emergency situation, or that can be picked up and packed without fuss or muss should an evacuation become necessary.
We will also go through other important emergency kits to have prepared, including Travel and Nav Packs, that will keep all of your important and necessary information in one place so you can have it safely with you whenever you ned it. You will learn what to put in your kits, how to use each item in various survival and emergency scenarios, and methods of packing your emergency supplies that will keep the items in a safe and useable condition over the long term. While the odds of having to use your Household Emergency Kit is (hopefully!) slim, never forget the old saying: "Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail." (7 - 9:30 p.m.)

January 27 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

Bow Drill at Night

 

Fire, After Dark

Most often our ability to make fire is based on our ability to see what we're doing. Whether it's building your fire structure, making a coal with a bowdrill or getting your tinder bundle into place, once darkness falls and your can no longer see everything that is going on, making a fire is far more challenging.
The first time I tried to make a bowdrill coal after dark it was a disaster! When I couldn't see the dust I couldn't tell if there was any and I certainly couldn't tell when or if I had a coal! I've learned a lot since then, and so can you.
Join us for this evening workshop and learn all about Making Fire After Dark
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Throwing Knives, Tomahawks & Other Projectiles

Throwing knives, tomahawks and other projectiles is an art, but it's also a lot of fun! This evening will be spent on the throwing range, learning to throw all different sorts of things. Whether you are tossing knives, tomahawks, spikes, tent pegs... whatever... they all throw the same. Learning and understanding the art of throwing is a fun and satisfying pursuit, so join us!
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

NEW! Intro to Twining: Baskets & Bags

Twining is a simple, fast and incredibly versatile method of making baskets, bags and multiple other common items in both modern and primitive circumstances. One of the most useful styles of basketry to know, twined baskets comprise many of the most beautiful baskets and bags seen in museum exhibits througout the world, and can be made from materials found in any ecosystem. During this afternoon workshop you will make your own twined basket and discover how to use twining to make so much more! (2:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Melon BasketsNEW! Melon Baskets

The Melon Basket is one of the most versatile baskets patterns, and one of the fastest and easiest to make in a wilderness situation. The basic Melon basket design can be modified to provide almost anything you need in terms of a carrying container — baskets for carrying firewood, eggs, potatoes or other garden bounty, custom holders large and small can all be made. You'll make your own melon basket, and see examples of variations on the basic pattern that you will be able to incorporate into future designs of your own. Containers are a vital survival skill — join us to learn one of the simplest and most versatile types of baskets you can make! (2:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

 

Clay Sconce

Primitive Lamps

The ability to create their own light is one of the greatest unsung advances of our ancient ancestors. Without artificial illumination the winter nights were VERY long indeed, and many necessary tasks went undone. No baskets made, no nets mended, no pottery formed, no cordage processed… just sitting and waiting until the sun rose again.
There are many ways to bring in light and break out of the darkness, and in this workshop you will learn how to make a variety primitive lamps, from all different natural materials. You'll learn how to render fat to make lamp oil, discover what you can use for wicks, as well as which materials will last the longest, produce the brightest flames, and the least smoke. Never worry about a blackout again! (7 - 9:30 p.m.)

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

 

Medicine Bag

 

Making a "Medicine" Pouch

A Medicine Bag is a small pouch carried on a person, or concealed or kept in a special place. It contains items of great significance to the person, often items that may seem innocuous to anyone else, but mean a great deal to the person carrying them. During this evening workshop you will make your own Medicine Bag, either for yourself or to give as a gift, and will have the option to decorate your Medicine Bag, or to leave it plain. (7 - 9:30 p.m.)

January 6 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

 

Dying with Indigo

A briliant, beautiful blue dye, Indigo has been in use since at least 450 B.C. Extracted from a plant, the method of making Indigo dye was kept secret for centuries. In this afternoon workshop you will learn how to start and maintain your own Indigo Dye vat at home. You will also learn how to prepare wool, cotton and other fabrics and items for dying, then get the chance to dye pieces in straight Indigo, as well as double-dipped to make beautiful greens, purples and tie-dyes to take home. (2:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Knife UseUsing a Knife: Learning the Basics

People often ask us, "What is the best knife to have with you in the woods?" Our answer is always the same - Whatever knife you have on you. That is, of course, assuming you know how to use it! This evening workshop will start you on the path to safe and effective use of a knife. You'll learn the rules of knife safety, how to hold and handle a knife safely, how to cut and to carve efficiently and effectively, how to make knotches for fireboards and traps, how to use your knife to chop larger pieces of wood and how sharpen and maintain your knife to keep it ready for use whenever you need it. Knife use is the MOST important skill for every outdoorsperson to know. If you are new to the woods, or are less familiar with using a knife that you'd like, don't miss this hands-on evening!
(2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

January 13 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

 

Learning to Sharpen

Sharpening Knives, Hachets & Machetes

"A sharp knife is a safe knife." This first rule of knife safety is one of the hardest for most people to put into practice. Why? Because keeping your knife sharp requires a skill that most people have never learned!
Trust us, sharpening knives, axes, hatches and other sharp edges is not nearly as difficult as you think. This Skills Club evening is devoted to teaching you how keep your knife (or axe or hatchet) sharp and safe. You'll also learn what to look for when choosing a knife and a sharpener, and how to know if you are getting your money's worth.
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

January 13 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Payment in Full

 

 

 

Infused OilsMaking Medicine: Infused Tinctures, Extracts, Oils & Vinegars

Plant medicines and herbal antibiotics have become more common as more people are taking their health care back into their own hands. Making your own Tinctures, Extracts, Oils & Vinegars is a great way to save money, as well as ensure you know exactly what you are putting in to your body. Making infused tinctures, extracts, oils and vinegars is something that can be easily done in your own kitchen, as you will learn in this evening workshop. Join us to discover how to make your own medicines, and where to find the best ingredients at the best prices. Never pay health food store prices again!
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Fire saw

Making Fire: The Fire Saw

Eddie's absolute favorite method of making Fire by Friction, The Fire Saw is not nearly as well-known as the Bowdrill or Hand drill, yet is just as effective. You'll learn both the traditional Fire Saw method using bamboo, as well as the manner of making your own Fire Saw set using local wood. A fast and efficient way of making fire, this is a great one to add to your friction fire tool box!
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

 

Sprouting pea plants

Planning Your Garden & Starting Seeds

It's that time of year! The snow may still be on the ground but the seed catalogues are in the mailbox and it's time to Plan Your Garden!
But what should you order? From where? Who are the reputable seed sellers? Can you be sure of getting seeds and plants that are non-GMO? How do you know what to plant (and how much) in order to feed yourself and your family for the season?
In this afternoon session we will discuss your gardening goals for the year and help you to plan your garden to match your goals, whether it is to supplement favorite foods in season, to provide all your fresh greens and veg for the summer, or to feed you and your family through the rest of the year, you will learn how to plan and order and plant your garden to get the best bang for your buck. You will also learn how and when to get your seeds started, what seeds to start in advance and which can be direct planted. It's time to get ready and rolling and set for the Summer season!
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 

March 12 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

Water from GrapevineWater From Grapevine

Being able to find water is a vital skill and during the late Spring and early Summer, Grapevine can be a perfect place to find it. During this evening workshop you'll learn how to find and identify grapevine, how to extract and collect the water, how to carry it with you and how to use the grapevine itself as a filter.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

 

Baby Bunny

 

Becoming Aware

Awareness: The ability to not just move mindlessly through life, but to watch, to see, to interpret, extrapolate and reproduce. To take off your blinders, slow down your though processes and be aware of all that is going on around you and in front of you. To process that information in a consious and deliberate manner. We miss so much! This afternoon will teach you how to being the process of Becoming Aware, so that you can begin to, once again, become a part OF Nature instead of living apart FROM Nature. Awareness is everything, and without it we are only a shell of our true selves.
7 - 9:30 p.m.

 

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Coal Cooking

Primitive Cooking: Cooking on Coals

Mmmmmm... Food cooked on coals is some of the BEST food you will EVER eat. And in this evening workshop you'll learn how to cook meats, vegetables, fruits and more and, get to taste delicious samples of the many ways you can cook on coals. Whether you're in the wilderness, out on the trail or in your backyard, coals are a great option for easy cooking with no clean up. Just don't bother to eat dinner before you come!
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Birch Tar

 

Natural Adhesives: Distilling Birch Tar

Natural adhesive, waterproofing agent, mosquito repellent... Birch Tar is definitely a product to know. Distilled from the bark of birch trees, Birch Tar (also known as Russia Oil) can be made in quantity and used to waterproof footwear or other items, or as a (somewhat smelly) way to keep the bugs at bay. After some refining it is one of the best natural adhesives available -- not as brittle or as flamable as pine pitch but just as strong. You'll learn the entire process of distilling birch tar, as well as how to turn it into an excellent adhesive, and how to use it.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Hoko KnifeMaking a Hoko Knife

The Hoko Knife is an excellent stone tool — easy to make, simple to use and practical to have on hand. The original Hoko knife was found at an archaeological site in Washington (near the Hoko River) where a native village had existed about 2700 years ago. This knife has been used and re-created ever since it was discovered in the early 1970s. This evening you will make your own Hoko knife with materials you gather yourself and secure it with natural cordage and some of the Birch Tar we will have made in the workshop that afternoon.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

February 3 $35 Great Meadows, NJ Sorry this workshop is no longer
available.
Contact Julie to be
placed on the Waiting List.
 

 

Natural Cordage Bowdrill

Bowdrill with Natural Cordage

This evening will be dedicated to making the transition from nylon string to natural cordage on your bowdrill kit. Natural cordage can't take the king of tension and friction of nylon and the tensil strength is usually much lower, meaning it's much more likely to break. Tonight you'll learn what natural materials make the best bowdrill cords and how to best use them without breaking your cord with every attempt.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

 

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Bonfire


Secrets of Fire

As we always say, Fire is Magical, but it is not Magic. When you understand the way fire works, why fire appears, (and why it doesn't) you can make the adjustments you need to have fire be your friend every time. You'll learn how to read the smoke from your fire to know what your fire needs to burn hot, bright and virtually smoke-free, as well as how to read the dust on your friction fire board to know when you need more or less pressure, more or less speed, more or less heat.
You'll also learn some of Eddie's own Fire Secrets, his own tips and tricks and fire hacks to take your fire-making ability to the next level. A great way to spend an afternoon!
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Making Jam


Making Jams, Jellies & Preserves

Summer is in full swing and gardens are bursting at the seams! One of our favorite ways to make the most of the harvest, (and keep those flavors going long after the season has ended) is to make jams, jellies and other types of preserves. You'll learn every step of the process, from choosing your jars, proper sterilization, how to make jam and jelly (and the difference between the two) as well as other canned fruit preserves. You'll learn the process of canning, and how to make sure your preserves are safe, and will be shelf-stable for months and years to come. Enjoy this fun and delicious day, and learn how to preserve your summer harvest!
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Hand drill

The Hand Drill

For most people, the Hand drill is often far more difficult and frustrating than bowdrill in terms of friction fire. But it doesn't have to be! Hand drill can be just as easy and reliable as bowdrill, you just have to know and understand how and why it works.
During this evening you will have the chance to learn or re-learn proper hand drill technique, as well as how to sit or stand for the best form, and how to get that all-important downward pressure.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Cucumbers

 

Preserving the Harvest: Fermentation & Pickling

Fermentation is one of the oldest, and simplest, methods of preserving food. By using the live, healthy, lactobacillus bacteria most often seen in yogurt, you can preserve all sorts of vegetables. Not only does fermentation preserve your harvest, it also makes it better and healthier for you!
When we think of pickles we usually think of pickled cucumbers, but so many other things can be pickled! From zucchini to peaches, pickling your harvest creates delicious food preserves that will last until next year. In this evening workshop you'll learn how to make all sorts of pickles & ferments, and even get to take some home with you.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

Hard Tack

Hard Tack & Trail Bread

In this workshop you will learn about the wonders of old fashioned trail bread; Hard Tack has been around in one form or another since man could grind flour and has sustained travelers on journeys around the world and back again. You will also learn how to make different versions of Hard Tack based on your tastes and your needs, and how to creat our popular Paleo Power Bars and Pocket MREs. These unique Practical Primitive inventions are not only nutritious, delicious and shelf stable for many years, but are also compact, easily transportable and bug & rodent proof, so they can be kept anywhere without fear of attracting pests or of you returning to find your food stash nibbled on or carried off by unwelcome furry friends.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

 

March 24 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

Hand drill

 

Knots & Lashings

"If you don't know knots, tie lots!" is a common saying in bushcraft. Looking at a book of knots to try and learn can be overwhelming, trying to sort throught the hundreds of possible knots you can learn to tie. How do you know which one to choose? Believe it or not, becoming proficient in just a few simple knots will give you exactly what you need in almost every circumstance. You will learn easy-to-use knots that can be tied with both modern and natural cordage and will serve your purposes in most situations. You'll never again feel at a loss for what knot to tie, or be worried whether or not your knot will do the job.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

March 31 $35 Great Meadows, NJ
$35 Pay in Full

 

Powdered Eggs, Potato Flakes, Instant Rice & More

Instant rice, powdered eggs, beef bullion, potato flakes... all these and more can be made by you at home, where YOU can control the content, quality, salt and flavor. You'll learn to create your own dehydrated foods that contain all of the nutrient content of the originals, but are lighter, smaller and shelf stable. You will discover just how easy and inexpensive it can be to create many different kinds of shelf-stable foods that are both perfect for your emergency stashes and your home pantry.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

›› This workshop is not currently on the schedule, but we'll let you know the next time it's offered.‹‹

 

 

 

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