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PRIMITIVE STONE BLADE KNIFE MAKING CLASS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
Primitive stone blade knife making class in the great outdoors (no experience necessary), in beautiful Big Tujunga Canyon. Let's go deep with our ancient roots and the "stone people" as we fashon our own stone bladed knife, using obsidian stone for the blade. My friend Barney Desimone, the highly skilled flintknapper will be co-teaching this class. We already pre-formed the blades to save time and to ensure everyone goes home with a finished, hand made, stone bladed knife (if you want to re-shape the blade, of course you are welcome to. We will carve our handles from Alder wood, then insert the stone blade into the wood handle, and secure it with ancient pine pitch / asphaltum glue, that we will make ourselves. Next we'll wrap each end of the handle with real sinew or artificial sinew ... your choice. All this fun and camaraderie will take place under the shade of large Oak trees in this beautiful natural, wild place. After the knife making we may do some flintknapping or take a short plant walk if time and interest allows. IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS CLASS WILL BE LIMITED TO TWELVE PEOPLE. IF YOU WANT TO ENSURE YOUR SPOT, IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR YOU TO CALL ME (JIM) AND CONFIRM ASAP AT:[masked]. COST: $45. CASH OR "PAYPAL". NOTE: IF YOU PAY IN ADVANCE (RECOMMENDED) YOU MAY USE "PAYPAL". IF YOU USE THIS OPTION, USE THIS EMAIL ADDRESS: [masked] AND MAKE CERTAIN PAYMENT IS MADE PAYABLE TO "FRIEND OR FAMILY" CATEGORY. THIS WILL CONFIRM YOUR SPOT IN THE CLASS. COST INCLUDES YOUR FINISHED OBSIDIAN STONE BLADE, ALL EQUIPMENT, TOOLS AND INSTRUCTION. DIRECTIONS TO LOCATION: TAKE THE #210 FREEWAY TO SUNLAND BOULEVARD, TURN LEFT IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE WEST, AND TURN RIGHT IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE EAST.. AFTER A SHORT DISTANCE SUNLAND BL. WILL BECOME FOOTHILL BL. ... CONTINUE ON FOOTHILL APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE, AND TURN LEFT ON ORO VISTA (THERE IS A TRAFFIC LIGHT). CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON ORO VISTA AS FAR AS YOU CAN GO (IT'S LESS THAN A MILE), AND THE ROAD WILL TURN TO THE RIGHT ONLY, AND WILL BECOME BIG TUJUNGA CANYON ROAD AT THIS POINT. SET YOU ODOMETER TO ZERO HERE AND GO A LITTLE OVER SIX MILES UP THE ROAD. LOOK FOR A SMALL GREEN SIGN WITH WHITE LETTERS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD THAT SAYS "VOGEL FLATS ROAD". TURN RIGHT HERE AND GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL (IT'S ONLY ABOUT ONE TENTH OF A MILE). AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL TURN LEFT, PROCEED ABOUT 150 YARDS STRAIGHT INTO THE PARKING LOT FOR "STONYVALE PICNIC GROUNDS". WE WILL MEET IN THIS PARKING LOT, LOOK FOR MY DARK BLUE TOYOTA RAV4. NOTE: IT'S GOOD TO ARRIVE A LITTLE EARLY FOR SIGN-IN. IF YOU ARE LATE IT COULD BE DIFFICULT TO FIND US IF WE DECIDE TO MOVE AROUND, AS THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE AT THIS LOCATION. PARKING: BRING AN ADVENTURE PASS IF YOU HAVE ONE. THEY COST ONLY $5. FOR THE DAY; OTHERWISE YOU MIGHT GET A PARKING TICKET (WHICH ALSO HAS ONLY BEEN $5.). EITHER WAY YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE FOREST SERVICE WHICH IS A GOOD THING.. BRING: LUNCH, WATER, BANDANNA, KNIFE (AND HOOK KNIFE IF YOU HAVE ONE, OTHERWISE YOU CAN USE ONE OF MINE), HAT, LONG SLEEVES AND PANTS, GLOVES IF YOU HAVE THEM, AND A RAG OR CLOTH FOR CLEANING YOUR HANDS. SORRY NO DOGS. QUESTIONS? (AND TO REGISTER) CALL ME (JIM) AT:[masked]. KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS? PLEASE FROWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

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    Most people in the United States these days have a huge disconnect from the natural environment. From my perspective this lack of connection is one of the main reasons for illnesses, both mental/emotional and physical, in the world today. I enjoy teaching outdoor skills and I consider all of them to be pathways towards a more intimate relationship with the natural environment and with oneself. This group is for all ages, races, religions, and conditions of people. Anybody can participate as much or as little as they like, and can enjoy the camaraderie of being with other nature lovers or may simply observe the happenings.

    Would you like to learn how to make fire without modern technology? Would you like to know which plants are edible and which plants can be used medicinally? Join me, naturalist/aboriginal skills instructor Jim Robertson, for outdoors instruction on how to build shelter, make soap, weave containers, and more, all from natural materials. I have been leading hikes and teaching aboriginal/wilderness skills in the Santa Monica mountains for over fifteen years.

    Please feel free to visit the Aboriginal Skills website: (http://www.aboriginalskills.com)

    Also, listen to my interview on The Uncivilize Podcast: (https://www.jennifergrayson.com/uncivilize-podcast/2017/12/11/008-aboriginal-skills-and-the-path-to-undistractable-attention-jim-robertson)

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