The Artisan Workshop – Choice of Making Bows, Arrows, At-Latls, Parfleche & Traditional Tanned Leather

Saturdays, Feb 9 & 23, 2019 Workshops from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA

Tanning Deer Hide
Participant tanning a deer hide on stretching rack.

In this great workshop, you’ll receive an overview of the Conservation College artisan curriculum, then choose from four “tracks” to follow over the course of the day:

Leather Hide Tanning Track: After the initial demonstration of the various “tracks,” the hide tanning group will work with one instructor during the late morning on initial steps including bucking and scraping wet and dried rawhide, then the afternoon tanning a prepared deer hide plus fresh rabbit hides. An additional donation to the Conservation College is requested for taking hides home, depending on size and type. Instinctual archery training will also be provided for everyone during lunch, and everyone is invited to stay after the workshop for our evening campfire concert which is open to the public as a fundraiser for the Conservation College.

Bow Making Track: After the initial demonstration of the various “tracks,” the bow-making group will work with one instructor during the late morning to craft a fresh quickie survival bow, learning to make and attach natural string correctly, then the rest of the afternoon shaping, tillering, exercising and if time, finishing a seasoned vine maple stave into a bow. An additional donation to the Conservation College is requested for taking the seasoned stave home, depending on size and type. Instinctual archery training will also be provided for everyone during lunch, and everyone is invited to stay after the workshop for our evening campfire concert which is open to the public as a fundraiser for the Conservation College.

At-Latl & Arrow Track: After the initial demonstration of the various “tracks,” the at-lattl and arrow-making group will work with one instructor during the late morning to craft an al-latl spear thrower and bamboo dart, and selecting fletching and slate arrowhead material, then the rest of the afternoon shaping, tillering, and finishing the dart into a functional arrow prototype, then practicing how to use the at-latl effectively. You can take your at-latl home, but an additional donation to the Conservation College is requested for taking materials home to make an arrow for bows, based on the lessons learned from making your at-latl dart. Instinctual archery training will also be provided for everyone during lunch, and everyone is invited to stay after the workshop for our evening campfire concert which is open to the public as a fundraiser for the Conservation College.

Itinerary & Notes:

9:00 Check-in station opens;
9:30 Workshop Begins with overview of stations/tracks;
11:00 Separate into stations to follow chosen track;
12:30 Lunchtime & Instictual Archery Training;
1:00 Groups continue working at separate stations on chosen track;
5:00 Tour of work done at all stations;
5:30 Clean-up and share pot-luck dinner together;
6:00 Evening Campfire started with bow-drill fire-by-friction demonstration;
6:30 Campfire Concert by donation to the Conservation College
9:00 Closure

Check out our Traditional Big Game Bow & Arrow Making Instructions article and get started on your own bow and arrows, and our article on how to make beautiful leather traditionally, and how to honor animal hides. In addition to starting you on your own bow and arrow today, we’ll take hides that were harvested during the fall hunt, scrape them clean, shape some into parfleche, a drum, and other rawhide tools, then follow an ancient recipe using eggs instead of brains to convert at least one of the hides into tanned buckskin leather.

Also, for the hide-tanning track, please note that this workshop runs through the traditional parfleche and tanning processes that are good enough for making leather, but there are more advanced techniques that cannot be covered in one day. Similarly, how to make a “self-bow” plus arrows and at-latls that are good enough for hunting large game require more time, and there are many varieties of more advanced techniques that cannot be covered in one day, such as sinew-backing, re-curving, and much more. If you would like to learn more advanced bow and arrow making, or processing your own hide from start to finish, and personalize it with some advanced techniques, please enroll in our 5 Day Summer Course: Ancient Artisans: Classic Crafts & Traditional Technologies

Cost:

$95 general tuition plus optional materials.
$85 per additional friend/family member.

Registration: Who & How

Our weekend workshops are designed for adults, but youth are also welcome to register with an enrolled parent or guardian. Directions to meeting location and carpooling information will be provided upon registration.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail Registration Option: Send with a check donation payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Preparatory Information:

Bring lunch, water, work gloves, and wear clothing that can get super soiled for this workshop, and be aware that sparks from the campfire can melt your synthetic clothing, so natural materials like wool might be the best option. If you have materials geared toward working with hides, definitely bring those as well. Join us today and at any of our Weekend Workshops on themes of survival, wildlife and ethnobotany, and please contact us for carpooling information.