Confession: I Still Cannot Yet Skin A Deer

Back in 2005, when I was still fairly new to the idea of ‘peak oil’ and ‘culture change,’ I read an article that I remember well even now.  Written from the perspective of a big city dweller – San Fransisco’s Mark Morford. Quite humorous, and a little irreverant, Morford laments that his many urban survival skills may not be of any help “when the devolution comes and oil is $200 a barrel and we are at war with China and the dollar is worth about three cents on the euro.”  The article is called I Cannot Yet Skin A Deer.

Fortunately, we here in Whatcom County have an opportunity to do a weekend reskilling crash course at the Whatcom Skillshare Faire at Hovander Park Homestead Sept. 21 and 22, 2013.

When I read the list of skills being offered, my only response is “WOW!” An $8 ticket gets you in to all of this! And you know it’s gotta be good when Peak Moment TV has made it a priority to be there for filming future episodes of their ongoing series of practical hands-on resilience building interviews on “Locally Reliant Living in Challenging Times.”

Download Saturday’s Schedule in pdf format: Click Here
Download Sunday’s Schedule in pdf format: Click Here

Ongoing demonstrations:

  • Appropriate Use of Hand Tools – Brian Kerkvleit of Inspiration Farm
  • Archery for All Ages – Laurel Baptist Church
  • Art at Home: pastels, watercolors, drawing, clay – Whatcom Women
  • Backyard Chickens and building a Chicken Tractor – WSU Ag Extension
  • Basic Home Electrical Repair, Outlets, Switches and more – Kelly McClurg
  • Beans and Grains for the Pacific Northwest – Krista Rome
  • Beekeeping – Mount Baker Beekeeper’s Association
  • Building and Using a Rocket Stove – Peter Holcomb
  • Building and Using Sundials – Sasch Stephens
  • Championship Llamas, shearing and spinning – Jeff and Niki Kuklenski
  • Combing and Spinning Wool – Yvonne Madsen
  • Cooperative Economies – Fourth Corner Exchange
  • Coping with Chronic Pain – Meggan Sheble
  • Dry Stone Walling – Derek Duffy
  • Electric Car Conversion – Jack McKee
  • Felting Soap Balls – Jamie Jedinak
  • Fermentation of Raw Crackers – Suki Aufhauser
  • Growing a Year Round Food Supply – Krista Rome
  • Growing Blueberries and Black Currants – Travis Linds
  • Gestalt as a Way of Life – Cindy Sheldon
  • Hand Spinning – Carol Osterman
  • Herbal Medicine Making and Distillation Demo – Victoria Reddick
  • Home brewing Demonstration – Bellingham Beer League
  • Homemade Firestarters – Kelly McClurg
  • Horse Whispering – Ginger Kennell
  • How to Run a Kickstarter/Crowdfunding Campaign
  • Kaleidoscope Community Yoga – Lo Nathamundi
  • Keep Your Bike in Shape – Josh Hardesty
  • Knots for Everyday Use – Mark Richardson
  • Learning to Sew – Karen Kucker
  • Livestock Information – WSU
  • Make an Electric Sewing Machine into a Hand Crank – Karen Kucker
  • Making Goat Cheese – Nina Dent
  • Making Kombucha – Kombucha Town
  • Making Rag Rugs with Crochet – Janice Shepherd
  • Making Sour Dough – Gary Sparrow
  • Making Wooden Utensils – Jeff Fisher
  • Natural Birth – W.I.S.E. Birth Doula Collective
  • Northwest Wildllife Rehab Center – Alex Gomes
  • Pasture and grazing management – Carol Osterman
  • Preparing for an Emergency – Whatcom County Preppers
  • Primitive Skills Medley – Earthways Nature School
  • Raising Natural Fibers, spinning, weaving and knitting – Carol Boswell (Spindrifters)
  • Raising Sheep – Russell Boggs
  • Save a Life with CPR – Robin Long
  • Seed Saving – Celt Schira and Brian Kerkvleit
  • Solar, Wind, and Hydro Energy – Home Energy Solutions/Jeffrey Utter
  • Sock Darning – Erma
  • Weaving – Nina Dent
  • Whatcom Folk School – Information booth – Josh Hardesty
  • Wild Honey Elixir Fermentations – Heather Katahdan and Terri Wilde

Scheduled SkillShares

Saturday, Sept. 21

10:30 AM

  • How to butcher a turkey – Transition Goshen

11 AM

  • Fire by Friction – Wolf College
  • Brew Your Own Beer for Taste and Awesomeness  – Bellingham Beer League Co-op – Josh Smith
  • CPR – learn to save a life  Robin Long, RN
  • Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics – Michelle Sanger
  • Making an Electric Sewing Machine into a Hand Crank – Karen Krucker
  • Renewable Energy Basics – Jeffrey Utter of Home and Energy Solutions
  • Sewing for Everyone – Whatcom Women

11:30 AM

  • Basic Sour Dough – Gary Sparrow
  • Nature Based Games for Kids of All Ages – Earthways Nature School

12 NOON

  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy
  • Best Field Guides for Homesteading, Permaculture, Plants, Birds, Insects, etc. – Wolf College
  • Kaleidoscope Yoga – Lo Nathamundi
  • Making Kombucha – Kombucha Town – Chris McCoy
  • Making rag rugs – Laura Sellens
  • Water Witching – Colby Styles
  • Brew Your Own Beer (cont’d) – Bellingham Beer League Co-op
  • Solar Energy – Jeffrey Utter of Home and Energy Solutions

1PM

  • Process and tanning Hides for Leather and Parfleche – Wolf College near
  • Gardening in the PNW – David Pike
  • Hoof trimming for Goats – Cheri McKay
  • Wine Making at Home – Kelly McClurg
  • Water conservation and sustainable living – Scott Durkee of Transition Vashon
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy
  • Storytelling for parents, grandparents and families – Doug Banner
  • Scything and other sharp ideas  (2 hrs)– Brian Kerkvleit, Inspiration Farm
  • “EM” at home – culturing effective micro organisms – Colby Styles
  • Brew Your Own Beer (contd.) – Bellingham Beer League Co-op
  • Making Biochar from Charcoal – Larry Williams
  • Wind, Hydro, and Solar Energy – Jeffrey Utter of Home and Energy Solutions

1:30 PM

  • Making Milk Kefir at Home – Randy Card
  • Fire by Friction – Cody Beebe of Earthways Nature School

2PM

  • Herbal and Critter Forage for Healthy Chickens – Wolf College
  • Making rag rugs – Laura Sellens
  • Bow Making – Steve Sahlin
  • Wild Honey Elixir Fermentations – Heather Katahdan and Terri Wilde
  • Irish Music Workshop – Cayley Schmid and Clea Taylor
  • Water conservation and sustainable living – Scott Durkee of Transition Vashon
  • Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plant Walk – Kim Bauer, ND, LM
  • Yoga for posture, pain and performance – Kathleen Grimbly
  • Water Witching – Coulby Styles
  • Biochar from Charcoal (cont.) – Larry Williams
  • Brew Your Own Beer – Bellingham Beer League Co-op
  • Making Traditional Bows and Arrows – Wolf College

3PM

  • Biochar from Charcoal (cont.) – Larry Williams
  • Brew Your Own Beer (cont.) – Bellingham Beer League Co-op
  • Beans and Grains for the PNW – Krista Rome
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy
  • Hoof trimming for Goats – Cheri McKay
  • Compost teas for Your Plants – Alison Kutz
  • Juice Cleanse for Health – Rhys Faler
  • Gardening in the PNW – David Pike
  • Juice Cleanse for Health – Rhys Fahler

3:30 pm

  • Outdoor Worm Bins – Alicia Wills
  • Nature Based Games for  Kids of All Ages – Earthways Nature School

4PM

  • Cooking Wild Edibles – Cattails, Crickets and More – Wolf College
  • Meditation Practices, Bhakti Yoga – Lori Erbs
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy
  • Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plant Walk – Terri Wilde
  • Splicing Double Braid Rope – Canh Khong from Samson Rope
  • Water Witching – Colby Styles
  • Processing Nettles, Willow and other fibers for rope, baskets, and sitting mats – Wolf College

5PM

  • Bodhran Drumming – Derek Duffy
  • How to run a Kickstarter/Crowdfunding campaign – Matthew Brouwer
  • Qi Gong – Ronaye Carmen
  • Water Witching – Colby Styles

Sunday, Sept 22

10 AM

  • Basic Sour Dough – Gary Sparrow

11am

  • Home funerals and greening the end of life – Raven DuBois and Nora Cedarwind  (2 hours)
  • CPR – learn to save a life – Robin Long
  • QiGong  – Ronaye Carmen
  • Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plant Walk – Shana Lewis
  • Worm bins and compost tea – Alicia Wils

12 noon

  • Kaleidoscope yoga – Lo Nathamundi
  • Making rag rugs – Laura Sellens
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy
  • Making Mead – Mary Tully
  • Water Witching – Coulby Styles
  • Biochar from Charcoal w/ a little garlic – Larry Williams

1 pm

  • Water conservation and sustainable living – Scott Durkee of Transition Vashon
  • Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plant Walk – Terri Wilde
  • “EM” at home – culturing effective micro organisms – Colby Styles
  • Bow Making – Steve Sahlin
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy

2pm

  • Yoga for posture, pain and performance – Kathleen Grimbly
  • Growing a Year Round Food Supply – Krista Rome
  • Making rag rugs – Laura Sellens
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy
  • Biochar from Charcoal (cont.) – Larry Williams
  • How to Run a Kickstarter/Crowdfunding Campaign – Matthew  Brouwer
  • Making Mead – Mary Tully

3pm

  • Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plant Walk – Shana Lewis
  • CPR – learn to save a life – Home Central
  • Juice Cleanse for Health – Rhys Faler
  • Jewelry making – Oasis beads – Karen Murphy

4pm

  • Meditation Practices Bhakti Yoga – Lori Erbs
  • Bodhran Drumming – Derek Duffy

Performance Schedule

Saturday, Sept 21

11:00 Storytelling with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor
12:00 Giant’s Causeway
12:45 Storytelling with Kelvin Saxton
1:00 Echo Mill
1:45 Storytelling with Doug Banner
2:00 Bellow Wing
3:00 Kaleidoscope Yoga with Bellingham Bhajans
3:30 Dana Lyons
4:00 Coulby Styles
5:00 Misty Flowers
5:45 Storytelling with Kelvin Saxton
6:00 Square Dance with the Gravel Grinders & Lisa MacAvoy calling
7:00 Swil Kanim
7:30 The Devilly Brothers
9:00 Swil Kanim
9:30 Hot Damn Scandal

Sunday, Sept 22

12:00 Quickdraw Stringband
1:00 Lindsay Street
2:30 Tap Dance
3:00 Kuungana
4:00 Mike Marker
4:30 Daddy Treetops
5:00 Mike Marker, Daddy Treetops, & Bill Sterling
5:30 Critical Mass Marching Band

In between sets Saturday/Sunday:

Bellingham Storyteller’s Guild
Eric Schmitz
Matthew Brouwer

 

 

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Recommended Reading for September 19th

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d stop by and share a few posts I recommend.

 

“Peak Oil Demand” = Peak Oil by Richard Heinberg
A new phrase has entered our energy lexicon—peak oil demand. The essential idea: prophets of doom who warned about a looming global petroleum shortfall (“peak oil”) were wrong; instead of a downturn in supply, we’re instead seeing the shrinkage of demand for oil. A non-problem just solved itself! Nothing to see, folks; move along.

What’s wrong with this framing of our energy situation? Plenty…

Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future by Richard Heinberg
The change in our public conversation about energy is predicated on new drilling technology and its ability to access previously off-limits supplies of crude oil and natural gas. In the chapters ahead, we will explore this technology—its history, its impacts, and its potential to deliver on the promises being made about it. As we will see, horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas pose a danger not just to local water and air quality, but also to sound energy policy, and therefore to our collective ability to avert the greatest human-made economic and environmental catastrophe in history…

Albert Bartlett might have been another obscure physics professor had he not put together a now famous lecture entitled “Arithmetic, Population and Energy” in 1969. The lecture, available broadly on the internet (Preview) , begins with the line: “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

The logic is surprisingly simple and irrefutable. Exponential growth, which is simply consistent growth at some percentage rate each year (or other time period), cannot proceed indefinitely within a finite system, for example, planet Earth. The fact that human populations continue to grow or that the extraction of energy and other natural resources continues to climb does not in any way refute this statement. It simply means that the absolute limits have not yet been reached.

Bartlett, who died this month at age 90, gave his lecture all over the world 1,742 times or on average once every 8.5 days for 36 years to audiences ranging from junior high students to seasoned professionals in many fields. His ability to stay on message for so long about something so important should make him the envy of every modern communications professional…

20 Important Concepts I Wasn’t Taught in Business School by Nate Hagens

[This one is long, but it joins a short list of what I consider excellent and extremely important articles discussing the intersection of energy, ecology, and economy.  I feel it is critical to gain a certain level of energy literacy to prepare for the low energy world that I believe is our future.  – David]

Business as usual as we know it, with economics as its guide and financial metrics as its scorecard, is in its death throes. The below essay is going to appear critical of finance and the nations (world’s) business schools. But it is too, critical, of our entire educational system. However, physicists, plumbers and plowmen do not have the same pull with respect to our cultural goals and narrative that financial folk do – as such an examination of the central assumptions driving society is long overdue…