Skills Day 2006
Manuel Lisa Party completed a skills weekend on January 6th, 7th,
and 8th, 2006. It was attended by Gene Hickman, Walt Walker,
Greg Muich, Mike Nottingham, Karl Wessel and guest, Ron Garritson. The
party focused on completing necessary requirements to enable members to finish
Bossloper and Hiverano qualifications. The weekend started with the joyous
arrival of friends that had not seen one another for a couple of months.
On Friday evening, we constructed a grass mat with a primitive loom of willow
branches lead by Gene Hickman.
finished out the evening with a presentation on tracking by Walt Walker and Mike
Nottingham. On Saturday morning, we put the skills to use that Walt and
Mike had described so thoroughly the night before. The use and benefit of
a tracking stick were highlighted.
continued our primitive skills training with cordage making where we learned
from Gene that the key to good cordage is to wind three stands of natural
material in one direction first and then the opposite direction around
themselves. We completed cordage from yucca leaves that we processed and
linen tow and practiced braiding.
then moved on to a discussion about naturally adhesive materials like pine pitch
and hide glue. We made a glue stick from pine pitch and use the pitch to
secure an arrowhead in a shaft prior to hafting.
Flint knapping was a crucial part of our education.
Using a flint knife to cut willows
Primitive Fish Spear Construction
The skills that we learned this weekend are critical in our quest to become self-sufficient in the wilderness. We will continue our education with primitive traps and shelter building so that we will ultimately be able to construct shelter and gather/prepare food with only materials found in nature.
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