New and coming to the folk school November 10-14, we’re taking a bunch of make your own gear projects specific to winter and combining them into a weeklong class called The Winter Craftsman.
The focus for 2014 will be making your own plastic trail toboggan and sewing your own braintan mukluks. Other options will include making a komatik (runnered sled), lacing snowshoes, making braintan overmitts, and carving an axe handle. There are numerous other small camp and gear projects available as well.
We won’t be demonstrating every project on the list. It’s not a “show and tell” course. It’s a you-build-it and take it home course.
We’ve been making and teaching others to make these items for years, but there is never enough time in our semester programs to include them. So we wanted to set aside a week for making the gear we use, and teaching others to make it as well.
This program is open to anyone, but we’re offering this at a greatly reduced cost for our Wilderness Bushcraft Semester alumni.
We’ve got the tuition set at $500 plus the cost of project materials. This is a specific reference to the plastic needed to make a toboggan, which runs a bit more than $100 each.
As this is a folk school program it takes place in Wolfeboro, NH. There is no camping on site, but lodging is available at the Winddrifter Resort, which has an indoor pool and sauna and is only two miles away.
For more information, visit the Winter Craftsman page on our site.
Coming in April, the warm-weather companion class called The Summer Craftsman.