I have enjoyed attending various events with the purpose of gaining more exposure and sharing my passion of primitive and survival skills. Although we think of Open Air Markets in terms of locally grown food sources, it also hosts local crafts and cottage industries wherein I find a niche. I offer bow and spindle fire kits, different dead-fall triggers, bamboo implements as well as survival and preparedness items. Of course, I enjoy doing demonstrations of my craft.
Yesterday was my first time participating as a vendor at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market and had a totally great time. I had the opportunity to meet many local friends and website visitors. I was able to teach solar and flint & steel fire methods to those who had previously never tried it and were successful in making their first fire using those techniques. They walked away standing a little taller, being better prepared for future fire needs. We had a lot of fun. I demonstrated bow and spindle technique using Red Cedar fire kits. I’ve discovered that Red Cedar will heat quickly, but it also cools quickly, and takes special care in the process. It took several tries throughout the afternoon, but in the end I had success as the on-lookers applauded.
All Open Air Market events take place in Historic Downtown Wilkesboro in the town-owned parking lot near Havana Dreams (except for the Oct. 22 event, which will be held in Cub Creek Park.) Baring any unforeseen circumstance, I plan to be a regular vendor located at the far end of the lot. Just follow the camp fire aroma to my booth.