I have been privileged to volunteer at Turtle Island Preserve (TIP) for the past couple of years in different capacities of demonstration and instruction. Yesterday I shared primitive and survival skills with attendees at the Families Learning Together (FLT) event. This was a slight variation of the Open House events from previous years that helped to bring a little more order to what in the past was a little more chaotic. FLT is also a fund raiser for the organization that brings a tangible opportunity for the Public to experience heritage skills and sustainable living ways.
The event was “sold out” with 400 tickets sold. There were numerous volunteers in attendance as well. I was surprised at the slower pace of previous years and I suspect that next FLT event will increase the number of tickets available as there is a greater capacity for Public participation.
I was able to demonstrate and teach flint and steel firecraft, optical firecraft, hobo fishing with a tin can, alcohol burner construction with a aluminum can, outdoor cooking methods and more. As usual, I enjoyed learning from others their experiences and techniques in these endeavors.
TIP is already discussing the prospect of scheduling another event for this Fall. You can keep up with their activities at http://www.turtleislandpreserve.com. I might see you there!