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Introduction to Primitive Skills

Our Intro to Primitive Skills offers a one-day, crash course in all things primitive.

By the end of the day, you’ll have made a stone knife blade, attached it to a handle using pitch & hand-made cordage, and fashioned a sheath to hold it on your belt.  You’ll also receive a private tour and discussion of our on-site primitive shelters – and what it’s like to live in them.

Spend this hands-on day learning the basics of the primitive world.

What You’ll Learn In This Course

  • Basic Stone Tools
    • Fracture planes
    • Pressure flaking
    • Making blades
    • Retouch
  • Cordage
    • Basic reverse wrap
    • Splicing & Loops
    • Selecting & Processing plants for cordage
  • Pitch Glue
    • Identifying sources and harvesting pitch
    • The perfect recipe make Nature’s epoxy!
  • Hafting
    • Attaching shafts/handles to primitive tools
  • Weaving:  Containers/Sheath
    • Make a twined sheath for your knife!
  • Primitive Life & Shelters – tour the shelters at our field site and learn about living life in the wild – totally primitively
  • Friction Fire/Bow Drill (Time/Conditions permitting)


Location:  Gone Feral’s Field School – North of Ward, Colorado – Local driving directions provided upon registration.

Please bring:

  • Clothing/Footwear appropriate to the weather at 9500′ the weekend of our course
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • Lunch and snacks for the day


2019 Course Date

  • Postponed, until further notice

Price:  $105



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