Youth Camp Description & Registration:
Adult Expedition: http://www.wolfcollege.com/expeditions/summer/ancient-artisans-traditional-technologies-training/
Become a great archer during this week of making the most artistic
and useful tools necessary for traditional living. For example, we’ll make arrowheads by flint-knapping, the world’s oldest exotic craft, and make a bow from all natural materials, and learning to shoot instinctively with excellent form. It’s a real trick to get proficient at these crafts, since “tillering” and “flaking” allow for no mistakes, but you’ll have plenty of materials to keep working with in order to finish with a great archery bow and arrow. Click this link for bow and arrow making instruction plus archery demo.
Other projects include harvesting a tree to make fish spears, and gathering feathers to fletch a dart for your at-latl, which was the world’s most widely-spread technological invention for efficient hunting, allowing for humans to thrive over six continents. Obviously, knife work is paramount this week, and it will be a priority that you attain a high level of safety and proficiency with us, practicing your skills by making an aerodynamic rabbit stick.
This camp week has grown to rival even the most popular camps in our history, probably due to the expertise of our instructors. Ancient Archers & Artisans also prepares participants for hunting in the future, since those who choose to hunt carry with them a great sense of honoring all life: that it is sacred, from the mightiest stag to smallest mouse. Of course, hunting can only be done legally, and few animals are in-season during the summer. Yet when it happens, you must honor any animal you harvest by utilizing all of its body, learning to skin and tan hides for making leather. Honoring the animals is exactly what this camp is all about.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to help you become a great archer, bowyer and artisan of other ancient crafts. Skills covered during this camp session may include, but are not limited to:
• Archery with modern and traditional bows and arrows.
• Use of survival knives, training in skills and safety for everyone.
• Making bows, arrows, and arrowheads.
• Carving bowls and utensils using traditional methods like hot-coal burning, natural sandstone scraping, and more.
• Transforming hides into parfleche and leather through traditional tanning.
• Natural selection forestry, using hatchets & axes for chopping and wood splitting, for those who demonstrate the most ability and consistent awareness of hazards.
• Using the wood we harvest to make fish spears and more.
• Making and accurately throwing long darts from an at-latl.
• Outdoor tent and under-the-stars camping.
• Swimming in natural waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
• Fire making skills using fire-steel, flint, bow-drill, and more.