PALEOTECHNICS

WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS
& Hands-on Activities

with Tamara Wilder

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    Workshops are held at a variety of locations and organized by the site host,
    so please use the contact information listed after each class description
    to get more logistical information or to register.

    If you wish to speak directly with the instructor about workshop content or other topic related questions,
    please email Tamara at ts@paleotechnics.com

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    2015
    JANUARY 17-18, 2015
    "WHOLE ANIMAL"
    PIG PROCESSING WORKSHOP

    Covelo, CA
    JANUARY 24-25, 2015
    "WHOLE ANIMAL"
    PIG PROCESSING WORKSHOP

    Petaluma, CA
    FEBRUARY 1, 2015
    DOGBANE STEWARDSHIP OUTING
    Santa Rosa, CA
    MARCH 14, 2015
    STRING FROM STICKS!
    Berkeley, CA
    mid June 2015:
    KIDS "PALEO CAMP" DAY CAMP
    Boonville OR Sonoma County, CA
    late July 2015:
    COYOTE CAMP PROGRAM
    Occidental, CA
    late July 2015
    NOT-SO-SIMPLE LIVING FAIR
    Boonville, CA
    August 15 2015
    INTRO TO PALEOTECHNOLOGY
    Pt Reyes, CA

    Current
    Paleotechnics
    Class Schedule
    (pdf download)

    TOPIC OVERVIEW GUIDE
    Workshops, Demonstrations
    & Hands-On Activities

    click on topic/location
    for details on current programs:
    ANIMALS

    BRAINTANNING BUCKSKIN
    see tanning description

    • no workshops currently scheduled

    BRAINTANNING
    FURS
    see furs description

    • no workshops currently scheduled

    RAWHIDE

    • no workshops currently scheduled

    USES OF THE DEER
    see deer uses description

    • no workshops currently scheduled
    MINERALS

    EARTH PIGMENTS & NATURAL BINDERS
    see pigments description

    • no workshops currently scheduled
    PLANTS

    CORDAGE (Stringmaking)
    & NETMAKING
    see cordage description

    HANDDRILL FRICTION FIREMAKING
    see firemaking description

    WILD FOODS & PLANTS
    see plants description

    • no workshops currently scheduled

    ADULT OVERVIEW PROGRAMS

    ADULT
    WORKSHOPS

    KIDS PROGRAMS

    MULTI-TOPIC PROGRAMS
    FOR KIDS
    (open to the public)
    see kids overview info

    MULTI-TOPIC PROGRAMS
    FOR KIDS
    (private)
    see school program info

    BEADMAKING
    HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES
    open to the public
    at local events

    see school program info
    for full description
    of this beadmaking activity


    January 17-18, 2015 in Covelo
    IS HAPPENING
    but
    January 24-25, 2015 in Petaluma
    HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    "Whole Animal"
    PIG PROCESSING WORKSHOPS
    with Tamara Wilder

    January 17-18, 2015 in Covelo
    IS HAPPENING RAIN or SHINE
    but
    January 24-25, 2015 in Petaluma
    HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    (Saturday & Sunday)
    9am - 6pm daily
    with potluck dinner & optional camping Saturday night
    Petaluma, CA

    Many people who eat meat feel that they are out of touch with the sources and processes behind the food that ends up on their plate.
    The knowledge required to efficiently and humanely transform an animal into food is an essential tool for self sufficiency, and the entire process can be easily and cleanly accomplished with just a few basic tools.

    Pigs are considered to be one of the most "edible" of animals, meaning that every part can become a delicious dish.
    Being omnivorous "garbage disposals" that consume garden, orchard and dairy surplus and transform it into delicious meat & fat, pigs have long provided a staple of food and fat for homesteading and landbased families all around the world

    Pork is particularly desirable as a meat because almost every part - from the tail to the internal organs - is both edible and delectable, the meat is very good fresh, but is also exceptionally tasty when cured and smoked into bacon and ham. The fattiness of all the parts distinguishes them from all others and the far itself that pigs produce provides an essential staple for baking and cooking when rendered into lard.

    As a group, we will slaughter and process a domestic pig.
    Parts of this process will be demonstrated but the majority of this workshop is very hands-on, meaning that all participants will be "doing" most of the time.

    Processes include:

    • Extracting the innards (heart, lungs, liver, spleen, blood, fat, etc...) and preparing them for a delicious potluck dinner,
    • Processing the other miscellaneous parts (tongue, ears, head, skin for pork rinds, stomache for menudo, intestines for sausages, bones for bone broth, fat for lard),
    • Breaking down the carcass into a variety of usable cuts
    • Salting, curing & smoking bacon
    • Grinding meat & fat and stuffing them into intestine casings

    COST:

    • Covelo, Jan 17-18: $225-$300 sliding scale
      (includes seminar, potluck-style Sat dinner, camping, tools, materials). Participants DO NOT take home any meat.
      downloadable registration form for Covelo Workshop
      ?'s
      : Ruby 650-773-9787
      • This is our firsttime at this location and it does not have the same indoor working space as we are accustomed to in Petaluma, so conditions may be more challenging. Covelo is also a long drive from both Sonoma County & the Bay Area; so this class is intended primarily for people from Mendocino & Humboldt Counties.
      • Please contact Ruby ASAP to express your interest.
        We need to have a good group by Jan 12 to make it happen.



    February 1, 2015

    Dogbane Preserve Cordage,
    Harvesting and Stewardship Outing

    February 1, 2015
    12:30-3:30
    rain or shine

    Santa Rosa, CA

    Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and
    Open Space District & LandPaths Series

    Join the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and LandPaths at the Dogbane Preserve in Santa Rosa.
    We will be harvesting the dried dogbane stalks for making cordage and stewarding the property to encourage healthy growth of this important plant.

    We will begin our time with a demonstration & mini workshop with Tamara Wilder on how to make string from the Dogbane plant and learn why this cultural resource is being protected by the Open Space District. We will then as a group harvest some stalks and help the dogbane plant spread and thrive by clearing away the blackberries encroaching on this stand.
    Do let us know if you can join us this afternoon. Your interest and care of the site is vital to its continued health. If you can’t join us on this day we will be hosting another time to focus on stewardship in March before the dogbane starts emerging in the Spring.

    WHERE: In Northern Santa Rosa; RSVP to request space(s)
    and for more details, including exact meeting location.

    Space is limited and there is no cost for this outing.

    To register for this event and receive more details go to the Landpaths website.
    Here's the new link that should work:
    http://landpaths.org/eventdetails.aspx?EventId=23073

    We hope you can join us!



    March 14, 2015

    STRING FROM STICKS

    with Tamara Wilder

    March 14, 2015
    10am-4pm (Saturday)

    UC Botanical Gardens
    Berkeley, CA

    Immerse yourself in the world of plant fibers!
    -EXTRACT fiber from local native & naturalized plants
    -DISCUSS the processing of fibers
    -TWIST those fibers into string
    -MAKE a rope using a basic ropewalk.

    ALL LEVELS WELCOME!


    Garden Members $125
    Non Members $135

    info: botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

    contact: deepanatarajan@berkeley.edu



    Mid June 2015
    (date to be determined)

    Boonville, Ca

    "Craft" themes will be different each day of the week:

    MON:
    "Stringmaking,
    Soapstone Beadmaking & Pine Nut Beadmaking"

    TUES:
    "Woodworking Elderberry Containers & Oak Shoot Shuttles"

    WED:
    "Ropemaking, Netmaking & Cardwoven Belts"

    THURS:
    "Firemaking, Net- making, Soapstone Beadmaking & Pine Nut Beadmaking"

    FRI:
    "Earth Pigments & Rawhide mini-drums & hoops"

    "PALEO CAMP"
    KIDS SUMMER DAY CAMP

    with Tamara Wilder

    in Boonville, CA (Mendocino County)
    and/or in Sonoma County


    Mid June 2015
    Boonville, CA

    Monday - Friday (daily)
    10am - 4pm
    (with optional 9am drop off & 5pm pickup)

    ages: 7-12 yrs old

    Daily activities which will be repeated each day are:

    • Hunting tool target practice with hoop & pole game, rabbitsticks, handspear, atlatl (spearthrower), and bow & arrow
    • Games with bone and nut dice, bone buzzers, catch games, etc.....
    • Free Time to work on whatever they have previously started (for kids that attend more than one day) .
    • Craft Themes will be different each day of the week.

    $270/week or $65/day

    downloadable flyer


    TO RESERVE YOUR KID’S SPACE AT CAMP:

    1. Fill out & send registration form or email requested information
    2. Send $50 deposit to hold spot using check or money order (payable to Paleotechnics)
    3. Send to: Torrey Douglas PO Box 943 Boonville, CA 95415
      email: torrey@pacific.net ?’s: 707-272-8592

      Deposit is fully refundable if notice is received before June 1st.
      Balance due on first day.
      Additional details, directions & confirmation will be sent via email.



    late July 2015
    (Date to be determined)

    COYOTE CAMP PROGRAM
    late July 2015

    One day paleotechnologies program with Tamara as part of
    Week of Wilderness Skills and Original Technologies

    Explore universal hunter gatherer skills used by humans all around the world. Learn basic and essential living skills
    through the following hands-on activities:

    • Make fire with handdrill and bowdrill fire kits
    • Process dogbane fiber and make string
    • Practice with hunting tools, including throwing rabbitsticks & spearthrowers, shooting bow & arrow, and playing hoop & pole game
    • Learn basic stone and woodworking techniques through beadmaking, shaping and polishing stone, and grinding pine nuts.

    Who: For children and youth ages 5-12 years old
    When: Sign up for one or more weeks! Hours: Mon-Fri. 9-4pm.

    COYOTE CAMP REGISTRATION:
    To register for Coyote Camp, please visit our website at www.oceansong.org or contact Annie Klein, Coyote Camp Director, at (707) 318-6948 or anniek@oceansong.org



    late July 2015
    (date to be determined)

    photos by Linda MacElwee

    NOT-SO-SIMPLE LIVING FAIR
    late July 2015

    Mendocino County Fairgrounds,
    in Boonville, CA

    The Not-So-Simple Living Fair, a weekend of hands-on workshops and demonstrations celebrating rural living and homesteading skills, will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.

    website http://www.notsosimple.info/


    The weekend starts on Friday night at dusk with a Camp-out Cabaret in the campground at the Fairgrounds (bring a song, poem or story to share). Workshops and ongoing demonstrations will be offered all day Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening there will be a Local Food Potluck dinner (please bring food to share and your own plate, cup and utensils to eat with). Music and dancing will round out and energize the evening.

    Displays and demonstrations, the Conversation Café, Tool Show and Tell, and Marketplace will be on-going throughout the weekend. Participants will have the opportunity to share skills and ideas.

    Admission is $20.00/day or $30.00/weekend, plus additional fee for camping. Youth are free. No dogs are allowed on the Fairgrounds.

    For more information or to volunteer to help at the Fair, email info@notsosimple.info or
    call (707) 684-0028.

    Not-So-Simple Living page on Facebook

    Click here to see Linda MacElwee's wonderful photodocumentation of the 2011 Not-So-Simple Fair.



    August 15 2015

    INTRO TO PALEOTECHNOLOGY DAY WORKSHOP

    Basic Stringmaking, Beadmaking & More
    with Tamara Wilder

    August 15, 2015 (Saturday)

    Kule Loklo (Pt Reyes National Seashore, CA)

    Join us as we explore hunter gatherer skills used by humans all around the world. Being aware and comfortable with fundamental human skills such as making fire and string provides a deep appreciation for true sustainability. Students will move a step closer to being able to provide for themselves, while also learning how humans have thrived and lived in harmony with nature for tens of thousands of years.

    Participants will learn essential living skills
    through the following hands-on activities:

    • make fire with hand-drill and bow-drill kits
    • process dogbane fiber and make string
    • practice with hunting tools, including throwing rabbitsticks, spearthrowers, bow & arrow
    • earn basic stone and wood-working techniques through pine nut bead-making, shaping and polishing stone

    Registration:
    The easiest way to register for one MAPOM's COMPS classes is to call the College of Marin's Community Education Office at 415-485-9305 and ask them to send you a brochure. In the middle is a simple application form to fill out and mail or fax in. You can also go directly to their office at the College, pick up an application, fill it out and hand it in right there. Do register early as the classes have been filling up rapidly. Application for classes offered in each of the College's quarters (winter, spring, summer, fall) will be available in the month before the quarter begins.

    Download the 2014/2015 Schedule here: http://www.mapom.org/classes/Classes%202014-15.pdf


    contact us at ts@paleotechnics.com

    PALEOTECHNICS
    PO Box 876 Boonville, CA 95415
    707-391-8683

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