MerleFest 2011

As I write this blog, I have completed 2 out of 4 days of being a Heritage Crafts Vendor at MerleFest 2011. This is an annual festival of Americana and Bluegrass music that draws visitors from all over the U.S. and foreign countries as well. I have chosen to participate as a Heritage Crafts Vendor which allows me to demonstrate my craft of primitive living skills and survival skills. My display highlights the historic skills of indigenous peoples and pioneers and includes a Cheyenne style teepee and campfire area surrounded by log stumps that are used as seats.

In the photo you can see my new friend “T.J.” who shares survival skills interest. He has just achieved his first successful ember using the bow and spindle kit that I made. In turn, he demonstrated the cobra stitch method of creating a wrist band that conveniently stores about 6 feet of parachute cord for emergency situations. This interaction of skills and experiences by visitors is what makes this experience so delightful. I extend my thanks to Ann for capturing this epic moment of firecraft and to all the visitors who have sent me their photos to share.

If you plan to attend this event, please drop by and say “hi”. In 2 weeks I’ll be attending another event “Daniel Boone Day” at the Wippoorwill Village. Check out my calendar for details.

(after this was published, I was photographed during a cooking demo… CLICK HERE to see the Winston Salem Journal Photo)

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