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The wanderer
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I'm learning a lot of that at "Dirt Time" in Wyoming this week. It's a primitive survival skills campout and workshop. Today's classes included identifying wild plants, tracking, making an atlatl, and making a fire with hand-drill and bow-drill techniques. We've also brain tanned fox hides, learned wilderness first aid, helped set up a 27' tall tipi, learned how to make a primitive forge, learned what should go into a survival kit (as part of a BOB); and tomorrow we'll learn knots, knife making, and other things. We've also had the opportunity to make a bow from Serviceberry and arrows from willow, and bowls and dishes from gourds. There's more to come this week, and when I get home I'll write up a full report of what we learned.
 

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The wanderer
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katfish, you're not "vec" on another board are you? He was going to come to Dirt Time, too, but they're about to have another kid too. Interesting coincidence!

naekid, you're right, it's great to learn these things from people in person. I've learned more this week (and it's not over!) than I've gotten out of years of reading how-to books. If you're going to be in Montana some time, get in touch with us.

I've taken lots of notes and lots of pictures. I'll have something written up and ready to post next week.
 
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