Utility plants

For this meetup we will take Nick Spero's lead and will be going over making cordage from plan fiber and making friction fire with a bow drill. Dogbane and Milkweed will be our primary plants for the cordage and I will try to collect some stinging nettle also. I have a couple bow drill sets that I will bring. If you are interested in bringing material to make one please contact me and I will instruct you on what and where to get stuff. Tinder will be provided for the bow drill session. If you are able to catch the tinder you have succeed in primitive fire making skills. We will meet at Oregon Ridge by the lake. This area has been chosen because there are outdoor grills there for us to toss the fire into when finished. We may not be able to identify all the plants being used for these workshops, but we will see them again and again on future outings.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Received an email that said start time is 11am. Above it says 2pm. What time should we get there?

    November 23, 2013

  • karen s.

    This is very much the kind of info i've been looking for! I would love to attend! I'm new to this group, hope i can share some of my skills going forward.

    November 18, 2013

  • Regina M.

    Hi Eric - I would like to attend and if I can obtain some materials to make it easier for more people to have material, I'd be glad to try and collect it.

    November 8, 2013

    • Mangy White B.

      Some Tulip Poplar bark for fire starting would be great!

      November 12, 2013

    • Martha S.

      I read that clubmoss makes good flash powder and I know where a bunch is. I will try to bring it. Nick mentioned some shelf mushrooms for it too!

      November 16, 2013

  • Jamie k.

    Baby's birthday got scheduled for that day.

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to the group. Hope to make it Nov 24th, but will need help finding the site. I'm new to Maryland.

    October 30, 2013

  • Wilma E.

    Not sure of my schedule that weekend - I usually work.

    October 11, 2013

  • Janice

    Wow, I would LOVE to be at this class, but will be out of town that weekend. Please do have this again. I am soo.....interested in learning.

    October 10, 2013

  • Gianina D.

    This looks great and I'd love to attend, but I'll be at the Fort Garrison Feast that afternoon.

    October 10, 2013

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