Before we learned to manipulate metal to make nails, screws, hinges, and wire, our ancestors bound and tied their world together. Fiber from plant or animal was the key element whether braided, woven, knotted, twisted, felted, or spun. It literally held a shelter together, kept your pants or loincloth from falling down and your shoes on. Its place in history is underrated. Learning to manipulate plant or animal material to make cordage is critical and historic lifeway knowledge.
Immerse yourself in a day of exploring Rule #5, cordage (fiber craft). Gain an appreciation of your ancestors as you work to make items from string. These were once a part of everyday life and sadly the skill and understanding has all but been lost from us.
In this 1-day clinic learn how to identify plants that would make good cordage. Learn the pros and cons of plant fiber vs. animal sinew for cordage. Practice the skills that were once a part of daily living -- natural cordage, finger weaving, knot craft and more. We’ll have plenty of examples of natural cordage in use for you to see. We’ll segway into useful knots, anchors and bindings for modern uses and what cordage to carry in your day hike “Go Bag.”
Join us and get ready for your hands to remember your history and heritage of fiber handcraft.
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Are you taking both skill clinics (fire and fiber)?
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The Ro5 Safari tent, night add on: $45
Night in your own tent add on: $20
Maximum number of participants: 12
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Arrive at Rule of Five base by 8:30 AM
Introductions and orientation
Training in Rule #5, Cordage until 5 PM
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