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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