Join master craftswoman Penny Hewitt of Lazy Mill Hill Farm for a day of creating objects of beuty from natural birch bark! Utilizing techniques common to the Scandinavian and Russian style of basketry, you will craft birds and stars using strips of inner bark from the paper birch tree. You will also learn how these materials are harvested and prepared. Each participant will leave with 3 ornaments. Enjoy the simple pleasure of creating a decoration or gift from local, responsibly harvested materials in the company of good conversation and eager learners.
9 AM - 3 PM. Fee includes materials, instruction, coffee and tea and a light lunch.
Join us for a week of winter exploration, as we travel by ski and snowshoe to our beautiful winter camp. There we find a canvas tent with a crackling woodstove and a balsam fir floor. Each day, we will cut and split firewood to warm our tent and cook our meals, and chisel a hole in the ice to collect water. Adventures by day will include snow shelter making, exploring the woods by snowshoe, and skiing over the beaver flowages. We will bake biscuits over the fire, drink hot chocolate to warm our toes, carve our own spoons, and investigate tracks and trails as animals go about their lives amidst the snow. At night, the stars and the moon will illuminate the scene of a winter paradise with ice crackling in the cold and snow blanketing the trees. There will be stories, songs and great conversations in our candlelit canvas wall tent.