Brushfire Rendezvous Schedule

JMBS Instructors

We’ve got a lot of talent coming to the Brushfire Rendezvous next weekend. I’ve put together a tentative schedule, but everything can change depending on peoples’ interests and the skills people bring to share.

There are still a few spots available, so if you haven’t registered, there’s still time.

We’re finishing week 9 of our fall semester this week and will be off the grid until Wednesday PM on our final field exercise. If you need to contact me, do so before noon on Sunday, or wait until Wednesday.

A few things. First, plan to bring your own food. We’ll do a lot of food sharing, but we’re not offering meals for people. Second, we’ll be using our humanure composting system for the event. If sawdust toilets make you squeamish, this might not be the event for you. Third, we’re counting on everyone policing their own trash.

Arrival Thursday PM or Friday AM

10-12 Setup, meet and greet

12-1 Opening ceremony: Ceremonial burning of the first liquor-bottle-shaped brush pile. Welcome, field school tour, toilets and humanure, wells and water, vendors

1-2 Hot tent demo and tour

2-2:30 Tump line demo

3-4 Axe and Scythe Demo

4-5 Crooked knife workshop begins. Also other crafts

5-6 Expedition planning roundtable

6-? Dinner and evening fire. Discussion of thermal cooking.

7-9 Breakfast, morning trail hike

9-10 2-minute bow and arrow, archery shoot

10-11 Canoe poling and paddling demo

11-12 Fly casting demo and workshop

12-1 Lunch

1-2 Craft showcase: pack baskets, braintan, homemade packs, knives, knife handles, etc.

2-3 Cordage, rope, net bags, nets

3-5 Food! Dutch ovens, reflector ovens, camp food systems, pot suspension systems, fermented foods, fermented drinks

5-5:30 Discussion: Challenge event for 2020

5:30-? Dinner, evening fire

7-9 Breakfast, morning constitutional on the trails

9-10 Deadfall demo

10-12 Skill share: bring something to teach, talk about, show off, etc.

12-12:15 Closing ceremony. Ceremonial burning of the 2nd liquor-bottle-shaped brush pile

12:15-whenever Schmooze, skill share, etc.

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