Aboriginal Skills Outing / Class – Saturday September 20th

**PLEASE DO NOT RSVP HERE**
Due to the unique nature of this class, email RSVP’s to
KEITH acmetnt@roadrunner.com. The class fee will be
pre-paid via paypal in order to guarantee attendance
for our guest instructor.

ABORIGINAL SKILLS CLSS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 9:30AM – 5:30PM
With option to stay until dark with Jim if you like (includes option for a “Stealthy” campout)
IN THE BEAUTIFUL SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

Featuring the ancient skill of Flintknapping with a very special guest instructor joining me.
This will be a great fun class for all levels of Flintkanppers from beginners to advanced!

You, your family and friends are invited to join me, Naturalist and Aboriginal Skills Instructor, Jim Robertson along with my very special guest, Flintknapper, Ralph Lawless for a full day of Aboriginal Skills in the wild.

Due to the nature of instruction required for the class and to guarantee expert one-on-one time for each student, the number of attendees will be limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Don’t worry about the heat, as we will spend most of our time in the shade of a nice large oak grove.

My good friend, Ralph Lawless is a highly skilled Flintknapper with many years of experience. Ralph is one of the best Flintknappers in the country! In addition to being highly skilled in his craft, he is also an excellent instructor of his craft and a great person!

THIS IS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF!

For those not familiar with the ancient stone age skill of Flintknapping… We use certain types of stone to break and shape other kinds of stone (this is known as the “Percussion” phase of Flintknapping). After the Percussion phase, we move on to
the “Pressure Flaking” phase where we use variety of different tools which often have pointed tips, such as antlers. Pressure flaking is the finer, “Finishing” phase for your piece/project.

Items commonly made by Flintknapping are Arrow Points, Knife Blades, Hatchet, Ax Blades and small items such as Pendants and other Jewelry to hang around your neck.

Archaeologically speaking, “Clovis Points” have been found dating back over 13,000 years. So Flintkanpping is an extremely valuable and useful tool to have in your bag of Aboriginal Skills. Additionally, Flintknapping is a fun way to connect more deeply with your ancient past and natural wild environment!

I hope you can take advantage of this special opportunity to spend some time in the wild with myself and my friend Ralph who is and extremely talented and well respected Flintknapping instructor!

In addition to Flintkanpping, we will include a Plant Walk where we will meet many of our plant friends and discuss how we may use them for Food, Medicine and Utilitarian purposes. This will include discussions of our local ecology, harvesting with integrity, mindful awareness and the law.

We will harvest some wild greens by the stream to make our traditional delicious healthy wild soup, which we will cook in my self made primitive clay pot.

Other Aboriginal Skills will be available for practicing such as the Friction Fire (hand drill and bow drill) making, cordage, wild soap making, net making, traps (no animals are harmed), etc….

REGISTRATION: To check space availability and register, contact Keith Farrar: ACMETNT@ROADRUNNER.COM or call 805-910-6060.

COST: $47 Per Person – Pre paid via paypal (information upon RSVP) / Location – $12 parking fee

LOCATION: Calabsas, Malibu area – Full Directions upon RSVP

WHAT TO BRING – General: Water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandanna. Optional – headlamp, paper, pen, camera, trekking poles or walking stick, knife (sheath preferred or pocket), please consider bringing an evening meal.

WHAT TO BRING – Flintknapping: Tools will be provided. Please bring (if you have them) Safety Glasses and a Sturdy Camp Chair. If you have your own Flintknapping tools, feel free to bring them along as well.

WHAT TO WEAR: Dress in layers, long pants and long sleeves are recommended to avoid contact with Poison Oak, sturdy shoes (with good tread) Consider wearing colors that harmonize with the natural environment.

Sorry – no dogs, nonprescription drugs, alcohol or tobacco (except for offerings)

Know of anyone who may be interested in this class? Please forward this announcement.

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Aboriginal Skills Class – Sunday, Jan 8

Happy New Year!

You, your family, and friends are invited to join naturalist and aboriginal skills instructor Jim Robertson THIS Sunday, January 8th in a private oak woodland, riparian setting near Pacific Palisades for a wilderness/aboriginal skills class, with option to camp out.

Workshop Topics:

  • Seek, Collect, & Cook Fluted Black Elfin Mushrooms
  • Show & Tell Hide Tanning Procedure Info (Raccoon & Deer Hides)
  • Hand Drill & Bow Drill Fire Making
  • Nature Awareness Walk including plant identification, wild edibles, wild harvest technique (harvesting with consciousness & integrity), plant communication, & medicinal uses

And, if time allows & materials are available, activities will also include:

  • Flute and/or Container Making with Elderberry branch
  • Dead Fall Traps
  • Flint Knapping
  • Shelter Building Review

Come and participate fully or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature enthusiasts. If you are interested, please register now – See contact info below.

What: Wilderness/Aboriginal Skills Class

When: THIS Sunday, January, 8th 9:30 am – 5 pm. You are welcome to leave earlier or stay later as your schedule allows. This class includes an optional overnight camp! We will head out by 12 noon Monday, January 9th.

Where: Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades area. Detailed directions to this privately owned area will be provided upon RSVP. Note: All participants to this location must sign a liability waiver prior to entering the property.

Bring: Water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandana. For those staying late, bring additional food & water for dinner. Optional: paper & pen/pencil, camera, trekking poles, bag for collecting wild edibles, knife (sheath preferrable, or pocket), empty soda or beer bottle ideally with flat bottom (for flint knapping). Overnighters: Sleeping bag, tent (optional), flashlight, toiletries, additional clothing, breakfast foods & extra water.

Wear: Dress in layers, and sturdy shoes (with good tread).

Cost: $20 per person donation, cash preferred, payable prior to start of hike.

Contact: Sophia Wong at sophiawong4@yahoo.com or call 818-321-2819. To register, please provide name, e-mail address, cell phone number, city of residence, and indicate whether you will camp out.

Rain never cancels. Sorry, no dogs.

Next Class Sunday Dec 4th

The rain brought Mushrooms!!!  You, your family, and friends are invited to join naturalist and aboriginal skills instructor Jim Robertson on Sunday, December 4 in 110 acres of beautiful private wild land near Pacific Palisades for a wilderness/aboriginal skills class with focus on Mushrooming.  We will hunt, harvest, and cook any edible mushrooms over the campfire.  Also, you will have the option to camp overnight!

Additionally, topics will include:
  • aboriginal shelter “tuning”
  • aboriginal fire making
  • nature awareness walk including plant identification, wild edibles, wild harvest technique (harvesting with consciousness & integrity), plant communication, & medicinal uses
And if time allows & materials are available, activities will also include:
  • dead fall traps
  • basketry
  • flint knapping (if possible, bring soda or beer bottle, ideally with flat bottom)

Come and participate fully or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature enthusiasts.   If you are interested, please register as soon as possible with Sophia Wong – contact info below.

What: Wilderness/Aboriginal Skills Class

When: Sunday, December 4, 9:30 am – 5 pm.  You are welcome to leave earlier or stay later as your schedule allows.  This class includes an optional overnight camp!  We will head out by 12 noon Monday, Dec 5.

Where: Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades area.  Detailed directions to this privately owned area will be provided upon RSVP.

Note: All participants to this location must sign a liability waiver prior to entering the property.

Bring:  Water, lunch, sun protection, hat, bandana.  For those staying late, bring additional food & water for dinner.  Optional:  paper & pen/pencil, camera, trekking poles, bag for collecting wild edibles, knife (sheath preferrable, or pocket), empty soda or beer bottle ideally with flat bottom (for flint knapping).

Overnighters:  Sleeping bag, tent (optional), flashlight, toiletries, additional clothing, breakfast foods & extra water.

Wear: Dress in layers, and sturdy shoes (with good tread).

Cost: $20 per person donation, cash preferred, payable prior to start of hike.

Contact: Sophia Wong at sophiawong4@yahoo.com or call 818-321-2819. To register, please provide name, e-mail address, cell phone number, city of residence, and indicate whether you will camp out.

Sorry, no dogs.