Course Series Overview
Survival, to Grandfather and to me, is a philosophy unto itself. With years of living close to the earth, without the umbilical cord of society, I understand a certain "oneness" that only knowledge of suvival can bring. When I think of modern man entering the wilderness, I see a scenario much like an astronaut landing on the moon. So also when man enters the woods. He carries with him his backpack full of provisions, a sort of lifeline back to society. Both the man on the moon and the man in the woods are severely dependent on that lifeline; life without it would mean certain death. There is also a further insulation from the earth by heavy clothing and shoes, outer garments and tents; all to "protect" man from the spleindid forces of nature. And their fears of being separated from the lifeline, whether conscious or not, keeps them close to the burdens of life. Survival is more than just and insurance policy. With the practice of survival one begins to relax into the earth, to learn its rhythms, to blend in balance and harmony with all things.
-- The Vision
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Bow Making Workshop
INSTRUCTOR: Bill Kaczor
From the 28 kinds of primitive bows that Grandfather taught, the one we’ll start this series with is the “self-bow”, often thought of as the simplest, and most prevalent. During this workshop students will participate in the ancient fine art of bow making; learning to delicately carve and shape a single piece of wood into this beautiful and supremely efficient survival tool.
During this workshop students will learn and experience all the steps in making a self-bow:
· tree selection
· design, shaping
You will also learn how to make strings, and if there is time, we will demonstrate how to make arrows as well. You may want to bring some arrows to test out your final product.
Dates: October 6-9, 2007
Class Size: Max 14 students
Fee: $450 workshop; $50 material fee