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Advanced Artisans

August 16-21, 2014 Overnight Camp with Prerequisite

This week, we will expand upon the knowledge you gained during your time in Ancient Archers & Artisans. Projects for the week will include perfecting aerodynamic rabbit sticks and learning accuracy in your throw; making a quiver for carrying tools; crafting your own arrow to match the bow you made; completing arrowheads as you move from percussion flaking to pressure flaking; turning raw hide into tanned leather; and making traps. You will spend a good amount of time perfecting skill with the at-latl through throwing competitions – both distance and accuracy.

We will spend time discussing honorable hunting and fishing practices. Those who have a fishing license will be able to take part in a fishing expedition with our gear. Much of this week will focus on honoring the gifts of plants; animals; rocks; water; air; and fire.

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13 & 13-17: Open/Available with prerequisite required: either Ancient Archers & Artisans in prior years (takes place simultaneously), or the Traditional Living Skills Camp earlier in the summer.

Ages 18 and up including parents may participate in the Traditional Technologies expedition running simultaneously.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you make the items you would need during a stone age living scenario. Skills Covered:

  • Natural selection forestry, using Hatchets & Axes for chopping and wood splitting;
  • Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation;
  • Fire Strategies & Safety;
  • Natural Water Purification (seeps, filters, and locating natural springs);
  • Character Bows, Arrows, and Quivers;
  • Hunting & Fishing, depending on group readiness and area laws;
  • Flint-knapping and Precision Flaking;

Camp Schedule and Activities:

Sunday: Elements of Creation and the Social Self
Story: Following Receding Glacier Rivers North & Needing Clothes, Mocs, Hunting, Gathering, Rocks

Air – Knotweed Straws & Flutes
Fire – Magnesium Fire Steel; Tinders Intro; Flint & Steel; Making Char Cloth
Water – Boiling Water in Metal Can; Burn Bowls
Rock – Make Slate Knife
Plants – Raffia & Cedar Rope
Animals – Make Leather Pouch; Buckskin & Fir Clothing Demo

Monday: Rock & Water (The Physical Realm)
Story: Climbing Rocky Mountain, Crossing Icy Glacier, Running Old Man River

Air – Himalaya Blackberry Blowguns
Fire – Banking Coals; Group Mortar; Flint & Steel
Water – Burn Bowls; Boil Water in Burn Bowl; Water Stalking; Primitive Baths;
Rock – Knife, Axe & Saw Safety; Pecking Group Mortar & Pestle; Talcum Powder;
Plants – Tree & Shrub ID: Gardening Yew & Vine Maple, Ocean Spray & Alder Spear Harvest;
Animals – Fish Species & Spears; Big Game Bow Making & Arrow Fletching;

Tuesday: Plants and Emotions (Chemicals, Sensitivities, Feelings)
Story: Counsel of Friendly Forest, Grassy Prairie, Soggy Bog, Flora Meadow

Air – Traditional Archery – Hunting Style;
Fire – Tinder & Pitch Sticks; Bow Drill Kits;
Water – Swimming & Water Stalking; Fish Species & Catching Amphibians;
Rock – Axe & Saw Safety; Award of Knife Belts; Pecking Group Mortar & Pestle; Hunting & Pecking Bow Drill Hand Holds; Making Group Hammer & Adz
Plants – Vine Maple Harvesting & Seasoning; Processing Yew, Harvesting Spruce Arrows & At-latl Materials;
Animals – Survival Bow Making; Big Game Bow Making & Arrow Straightening

Wednesday: Animals and Personality (Creativity, Dreaming, Patterns, Rote Thought, Common Sense)
Story: Lessons of Crafty Coyote, Repetitive Raccoon, Naying Horse, Courageous Cougar, Medicine Bear, Wise Eagle

Air – Archery & Hunting Games;
Fire – Bow Drill Kits; Arrow Straightening;
Water – Fish Wiers, Swimming & Bullfrog Hunting;
Rock – Slate Spearheads; Flintknapping Glass Arrowheads;
Plants – Cedar Bark Quivers; Trap Making; At-latl Training;
Animals – Parfleche & Fleshing Hides; Bone Tools Intro; Big Game Bows; Big Game Hide Tanning; Making Bone Tools; Making Hide Glue;

Thursday: Fire and the Individual Mind (Will Power, Responsibility, Discipline, Scientific Learning)
Story: Individual Inventions Build Upon Each Other for Success, Art, Literature & Leisure

Air – Archery & Hunting Games;
Fire – Fire Hardening Spears & Arrows;
Water – Swimming & Bullfrog Hunting; Fish & Frog ID & Trapping Test;
Rock – Flintknapping Obsidian Arrowheads;
Plants – Finish Cedar Quivers; Finish Traps, Make At-latls;
Animals – Big Game Bows; Big Game Hide Tanning; Making Bone Tools;

Friday: Air and the Intuitive Dimension (Prayer, Meditation, Synchronicity, Connection, Quantum Worlds)
Story: Travel through Black Holes to Stars, Planets, Moons and the Future

Air – Archery, Rabbitstick & At-latl Tournaments;
Fire – Smoking Hides;
Water – Camp Cleaning;
Rock –  Finishing Arrowheads; Soapstone Carving & Gifting
Plants – Trees & Shrubs Review & Wood Experiments; Cedar Bark Clothing Demo; Wood Testing;
Animals – Finish Hides & Quivers.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are supervising this camp week which will be lead by artisanry specialists on staff.

Location, Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click here for location and transportation details which are the same as for the intro Ancient Archers & Artisans and the adult Traditional Technologies running simultaneously.


Costs are the same as for the intro Ancient Archers & Artisans or the adult Traditional Technologies running simultaneously.

Click here for costs to attend multiple weeks: Recommended additions to make Artisan Camp most successful include Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics to understand the plants you are using, Survivors Side of the Mountain or the Traditional Living Skills Camp, the Wildlife Safari plus Epic Fishing, and complete three of those, you can attend our Honorable Hunting Camp.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional camp you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

Registration Options:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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