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I NEed SOmeone To STArt THE EVEnt TODay In SEward Park!!!

Let's just say something horrible is throwing a wrench in my (Kelda's) plans for this weekend, leave it at that...

VOLUNTEER IS NEEDED TO: 1) make a cardboard sign that says 'SKillshare HERE'

That's it. From there i think the rest of it can self-organize. IT IS NOT CANCELLED. SELF-ORGANIZE!!! SELF-ORGANIZE!!

Primitive Skills and Permaculture

Meet-up and Skillshare

Seward Park, Seattle, South of the Learning Center

January 17th, Saturday 10am-2pm

Free event, donations happily accepted.

Primitive skills (prehistoric handicrafts and pre-industrial technology), meets Permaculture (design for sustainable human habitats) and yields an abundant event full of things to learn. Wildcrafting, growing food, shelter/tools, appropriate technologies, etc.

Bring materials, kids, snacks for lunch, and interest.

What projects would you like to see? Which of your skills should your bring? Share your thoughts.

(to add more info, the password is 'spgedit', click edit in the upper right-hand tab.) Or email me your projects, 253-370-9946

Kelda: guerilla grafting

Jason: fire-starting

Morgan: making bike panniers from buckets

Steve: I do metal casting. Pre-industrial skill, but with some post industrial tools. Can make items for use in shelter and tool making. Portable, but not appropriate for this event. Possibly for this event we are looking for Nomad(portable) skills? More on Steves thoughts.

A request from Dan:I am curious about clothing fabrication... especially shoes...I generally understand what would go into the processes of spinning wool to make yarn (though I've never done it)... and then knitting socks, sweaters (jumpers, as the Brits would say), and hats and mittens. (I don't know how to knit yet, either.) I imagine wool to be rather itchy for clothing next to the skin generally and would be curious about alternatives that could be produced independently--locally. Cloth weaving??? Sources for fiber for weaving cloth??? (Looms can be complicated but... a viable technology, I'm sure.) Cotton doesn't grow well here. Animal skins might be one option but this might clash with current fashion--would fashion even be a consideration???I have a friend from Taiwan who has a Taiwanese farmers outfit with sun hat made from indigenous fibers. I'm reminded of a corn husk doll when I see it. It certainly is functional for a sunny day out in the fields but...

Katie: I have good mending skills, primarily in terms of sewing. Mending things is a direct way to live more sustainably by extending the usefulness of stuff you have. I use both a sewing machine (definately not pre-industrial), and do mending by hand. I would also be interested in getting together in the future with folks who want to hang out and work on hand sewing projects, knitting, etc.

To Dan-- Historically I think linen was a significant material for clothing made in England and other parts of nornthern Europe. So I imagine that flax would also grow here, although I don't know specifically. My impression is that processing flax into linen is fairly complicated. Hemp would be another possibility. Local native folks in this area used cedar bark, but I wouldn't recommend that, given it's limitations as a material, and the current state of our forests. I also know that nettles have long fibers in the stems that can be used to make twine and other things. If you wanted to fabricate something out of a locally available material that might be the place to start. -Katie

I just got an email that the local Food Not Bombs folks will come to feed us!

They're going to be busy cooking for the first part of the skillshare and then show up with "Possibly just some Mighty-O doughnuts, bread, and a type of soup."

Thank you Food Not Bombs! You guys are so awesome!

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