What we're about

The main purpose of this group is to share traditional “back to the land” skills and develop a greater connection to and appreciation for our Earth, while having fun and making connections with others in the general eastern MN and western WI area.

In addition to "skills", this site is also a format for posting earth connecting events....like solstice celebrations, raptor center bird releases, earth day happenings, and farm/earth based festivals and gatherings.

Please post any classes, workshops, or gatherings, that you would like to offer or know about that fit this group's theme. there is really a shortage of people willing to teach. so if you have something to offer, please consider sharing.

“Back to the land” skills are referred to by various names, such as Folk-Green-Traditional-Nature-Wilderness-Earth-Primitive-Survival-Native-Homesteading Skills. If you are interested in being more connected to nature, sustainability, self sufficiency, and have ever wanted to learn about: edible wild plants, tanning hides, wool spinning/felting, flintknapping, mushrooms, making fire without matches, maple syruping, cheese making, basket making, bee keeping, hunting/fishing, gardening + seed saving, canning+food preservation, homemade soap, raising animals, natural building, knitting/sewing, wood working, herbal medicine, etc and too many others to list. then please join and lead or attend a class/workshop.

This group is intended to have an emphasis on honoring and connecting to Earth (the plants, animals, water, air, and soil) by raising awareness of our relationship with nature, and how the Earth provides so abundantly for us, nourishing our body, mind, and spirit.

In addition to learning skills, may we have gratitude and honor for all the earth gifts that provide life.

If you RSVP for a class, but later decide not to attend, please un-RSVP as that is considerate and helpful for whoever is leading the class.

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Intro to Timber Framing - Build your own Sawhorse

Aspire Artisan Studios & Folk School

www.andersontimberworks.com $400.00 Registration Fee to register follow this link: https://squareup.com/store/aspireartisanstudios/item/intro-to-timber-framing-sawhorse more info here on aspire artisan studios here: https://squareup.com/store/aspireartisanstudios/ In this class, students will get acquainted with timber framing tools, practices and techniques while building your own sawhorse! This course offers a great starting point for students interested in learning to timber frame. We will employ square rule methodology and build a sawhorse using traditional tools. We will also use a few power tools to speed the process along. No experience is needed as this is an intro to timber framing class. Tooling, instruction and material will be provided for you. Students are expected to bring a positive attitude, willingness to learn and basic safety equipment. Students will cut, assemble and take home a fully completed sawhorse. Students that work a little faster may have the opportunity to begin a second sawhorse. Materials for a second sawhorse are available for any student that wishes to bring the materials home and further refine their timber framing skills. During the class, you will layout timbers using the Square Rule method, cut mortises and tenons. Students will assemble and test fit the sawhorse and use the drawboring technique to pull things together. Throughout the class, students will become familiar with following topics: TF Terms Tools (Hand & Power) Square Rule Layout Sharpening (Chisel and Auger Bit) Measuring and Checking Techniques Making Pegs Drawboring Shaving Horse Additionally, on Saturday night (if the weather is good) we might burn a little wood and have a little pot-luck barbecue, beer and brats! Instructed by Jon Anderson. Ages welcome: Youth ages 15-17 with registered, accompanying adult and adults ages 18+ Dates: Saturday, June 1st 2019 - Sunday, June 2nd 2019 Times: Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm Sunday: 8:00am - 5:00pm Location: Aspire Artisan Studios & Folk School 8060 MN-5 Waconia, MN 55387 What to bring: Tooling will be provided. Please bring your rain jacket, safety equipment, a bagged lunch and water to drink. If you have any of the tooling listed below, please bring it to the class: Hand Tools: 1 1/2” Framing Chisel 2” Framing Chisel Corner Chisel Slick Block Plane Box Cutter & Blades Carpenter’s framing square Pull Saw Combination Square Carpenter’s Pencil 16’ or longer Tape Measure 1”, 1 1/2” & 2” Auger Bits “Big Al” Borneman Layout Tool Cross Cut Saw Boring Machine Power Tools: Skill Saw Drill Router & Bits Planner Chain Mortiser Safety Equipment: Gloves Eye Protection Leather Shoes Rain / Foul Weather Gear Dust Mask Anderson TimberWorks can arrange to deliver Barr Chisels, “Big Al” Layout Tools, and Timber Framer Tapes on the first day of class. Contact Jon at [masked] to pre-order. Registration Cost: $250 per student Material Fee: $150 Limited to 5 students minimum, 8 students maximum Please submit registration by Saturday, May 18th 2019 *As this is a two day class, students have the option to camp at Lake Auburn Campground, located 3.8 miles away from Aspire Artisan Studios & Folk School. More information on the campground and reservations may be found at: https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/lake-auburn-campground

..... Hands On Foraging .....

Carlos Avery WMA, Viking Blvd, Wyoming, MN

This class is a step up from our plant walk. We will cover fewer plants, but we will cover them much more in depth. We will discuss: edibility, Medicinal uses, and Utilitarian uses. We will harvest and process plants to be used for these purposes. By the end of this workshop you will be confident in the identification and processing of 6-10 plants that grow wild in Minnesota. We will be in the field rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and plan to get dirty. Thursday June 5 6pm-Dark Location: Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area... Please register at northwindswildernessschool.com to attend... $40.00

..... Edible Plant I.D. Walk .....


If you have ever wanted to learn more about foraging, or make your jump into harvesting wild foods for yourself this could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Since the dawn of humanity Harvesting wild plants for food has been 1 of the corner stones of the human diet. During this “Plant Walk” we will discuss in depth several easily identifiable wild plants. We will discuss Identification factors, Edibility, Medicinal uses and Utilitarian purposes. These walks are always fun, plus, what a cool reason to get out into the woods with some like minded people for a few hours Thursday June 6 6pm-8pm Location: North Winds Wilderness School, Siren, WI. 25.00 ..... Please Register at northwindswildernessschool.com

..... Learn BRAIN TANNING .....


The ability to turn a raw animal skin into a usable and durable piece of leather was a pivotal discovery in human evolution. Not only is it a way to utilize every single part of your game animals, but it gave (and gives) us a wonderful material to work with. It is soft, supple, Water resistant, and very strong. Brain tanned deer hides can make: Clothing, shoes, Bags, cases, Blankets, shelters, and more. This amazing material has been a very valuable part of human knowledge for thousands of years. In this 3 day workshop you will turn a raw deer hide into finished leather. We will utilize the wet scrape method to remove the flesh and hair. Then we will use an egg mixture to open up the fibers in the leather and break it down before we smoke it to waterproof and finish the tan. Every student will go home with a finished tanned hide (as long as you are willing to put in the work to finish it). You will also gain a whole new level of confidence and strength in knowing that you can use, and process a hide all on your own. Friday June 7 - Sunday June 9 - 9 am-5 pm each day Siren, WI. .....PLEASE REGISTER AT northwindswildernessschool.com $350.00

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