Monday, April 8, 2013

Rattle Making

Alicia Daniel joined the Earth Skills Seminar for the last 3 weeks to share with us the beautiful process of making rattles. It was great to see her bring so much thought and care to the process of creation. And this was so clearly reflected in the rattles everyone produced - each a reflection of our unique personalities. We've also been working on making gourd bowls and next week will finish some as of yet unfinished projects and begin work on spoons. It seems like the return of sun and warmth to the land has brought with it a renewed excitement to be physical, to use our hands, to dig into the earth, harden calluses, and build up a sweat. Goodbye knitting season and welcome the season of plenty!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Still sugaring

Last week we were in Rock Point's sugar shack helping with their boiling operation. This week we got the first significant flow on our birch bucket. Here, Emmett's checking out the sapscicle on our striped maple tap. The sapscicle was super sweet and delicious. With our Wednesday group we boiled down some of our syrup and made conifer tea using hemlock, pine, and cedar, flavoring with a touch of sumac. Delicious!