Primitive and Survival Skills

Birch Bark Containers - Ferdy Goode

Combining natural materials from the forest including cedar bark and wood, birchbark and spruce roots; simple tools are used to create a Native Style Bark Container! Material fee $40

Birch-bark canoes 101 - Ferdy Goode

An Introduction to the birchbark canoe

Native Style Traditional Snowshoes 101 - Ferdy Goode

An introduction to Native style snowshoes

Black Ash Gathering Baskets -Tim Ewert

Join Tim as he shares his knowledge of black ash basketry. From prepping the natural materials to a final beautiful basket, Tim will guide you through making your own black ash gathering basket. Material fee $25 Class size 5 (will be run multiple times to allow more folks to learn from Tim!

Stone Pendant Necklace - North Winds Wilderness School

There is significant evidence to support the idea that when humans started decorating themselves, was around the same time that spoken language, and sense of self came into our lives. Archaeological evidence from Blombos cave puts this around 90,000 years ago. In this workshop we will discuss the history of human decoration, and we will work with soapstone, and both stone age and modern tools to create our own beads and pendants.... $5.00 Material Fee This is a 4 hour workshop( 2 sessions)

Brain Tanning - Derrik Walker

Derrik will be demonstrating all the steps involved in tanning deer hides in a traditional way.

Flint Tip Arrows - Andrew Minnick

FLINT TIP ARROWS Andrew will take his expertise in knapping to show primitive arrow making with flint tips. Participants will be able to make and take their own arrows!

Raw hide Containers - Amy Schmidt

Learn the principles of working with raw hide to form usable containers and vessels. Folks will make a small vessel during class. Class limit 10. Please bring extra scissors. Material fee $5

Processing Wild Rice - Steve Gorg

Chippewa River Canoe Tour - Scott Oeth

Chippewa River Canoe Tour Scott from Bull Moose Patrol will lead a short canoe cruise on the historic Chippewa River. Here's a chance to practice your technique, and enjoy the local waterways. This event is weather dependent. It may be moved to a flatwater lake location, or cancelled all together if water levels, wind, and temperatures are not suitable for an on-water paddle. Limit 10 participants.


Tim has many many years of experience to share with you as he will be holding an open Bow Making Demo session which will show you how to make a traditonal bow, its string, and arrows!

Saami style Coffee Bag - North Winds Wilderness School

The famous Saami style coffee bag is so widely used for a good reason. It is not only very attractive and easy to make, but it is very versatile. I use them for my fire kit, I use them for coffee, I use them for fishing kits, and several other things as well. In this 3 hour workshop, you will make your own deer hide Saami style Coffee Bag, and you will also bring home a pattern and a list of ingredients to make more on your own. You will learn the basics of leather craft, as well as sewing, and pattern use.