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Along with our regular, individual classes, be sure to consider attending:
Michigan Outdoor Skills School
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Natural Fiber Twining and Cordage

  Make twined bags or pouches from Cedar bark and other natural plant fibers. Learn how to process plants and tree bark into your own natural fibers or cordage. This subject has been extensively researched and the displays are very interesting in themselves. An excellent addition to the primitve skill toolkit!
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Birch Bark Baskets

  Working with birch bark and spruce roots, make durable and useful containers. Create a traditional Makuk (box) used by the Native Americans of the Great Lakes region. Excellent class!
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Flintknapping Arrowheads

  Turn stone chips into useful points for arrows and spears. Percussion and pressure flaking as well as tools and firing will be discussed and demonstrated. Tools and stone are yours to take to your "Knapping Shack" (your house). Beautiful display of stone knives, arrows, axes and spears.
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Hide Tanning

  Make beautiful leather using the traditional brain tanning method. Tan a deerskin without the use of toxic chemicals! Jim's leather is seen in the movies Thunderheart and Legend at the Falls. Take home a finished skin.
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Traditional Wood Bows

  Build a bow the same way the Native Americans did using local wood and methods. Start with a stave split from a tree trunk and end with a completely authentic woodland bow. This class uses traditional methods in order to transfer the knowledge that has been gained over a lifetime of studying Native American weapons.
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Fire & Cordage

  Discover the trees and plants that hide their fire within! Fire by friction using the bowdrill and hand spindle. Take a walk with your instructor to identify plants for your bow and drill. Learn the woods best suited for the fire board. Come expecting work and fire!
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Primitive Pottery

  Learn many facets of pottery making from an expert. A field trip the first day includes finding and testing the right clay, tempering and shaping the pot. Firing is thoroughly explained and will take place (weather permitting). This is a comprehensive 2 day course for those interested in time honored methods.
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Modern & Traditional Arrows

  Arrows are more than sticks with points on one end and feathers on the other. Learn the requirements for arrows that will fly straight whether traditional or modern. The class includes wood, point and feather selection along with the actual construction and fletching of arrows. Also learn the native trees and shrubs used by our ancestors and build a traditional arrow from dogwood or reed. Learn to process and use sinew leg tendon to tie on feathers and stone or bone points.
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Brain Tanned Buffalo Robe

  This event is for the serious tanner. A buffalo skin is tanned with the hair on. A considerable amount of effort is required to finish one of these hides! When conmpleted they make excellent bedrolls!
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Split Ash Pack Baskets

  Learn the technique of making split ash baskets starting with an ash log. Instruction includes removing and sizing the ash splits along with the skill of splitting long battens into uniform thicknesses. No mean feat! Build a pack basket and carry the knowledge with you forever!
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Northwoods Beaver Trapping

  A hands-on class introducing would be trappers to technologies & equipment needed to procure meat and pelts from North America's largest rodent. Walk the trapline with Jim & Company!
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For reservation requests, please call Willow Winds at 989-736-3487
or fill out our reservation request form and mail it to:

Willow Winds
962 F-30
Mikado, MI 48745

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