Includes $20 per person materials fee.
The knowledge of how to ply fibers into usable lengths is one of the most basic, essential, and important of human life skills, and yet most modern people find this requisite art strangely absent from their personal skill set. Cordage (string) and rope have long been utilized and treasured by humans from every part of the world as tools in fishing and hunting, for carrying burdens, constructing shelters, in textiles, and for tying bundles of possessions together. Join this class to immerse yourself in the world of plant fibers! Learn how to extract high quality fiber from local native and naturalized plants, discuss the processing of fibers in general, and ply those fibers into string, rope, and nets. Participants will have plenty of time to perfect a variety of different cordage methods, make a netting shuttle from oak shoots, use that shuttle to make a knotted net, make a small knotless netted bag, and help make a rope using a basic ropewalk system.
Rustic cabins provide dormitory-style accommodations at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, included for all participants. Also open to youth (age 12-17) with parent attending.