August 27th - Day #2
(Natural Cordage & Rope, Bow Fire Drill Set, Plant Walk, Snack Time)
Woke at 0630 for an Oats, honey & raisins breakfast which is great energy for the morning and seems it will be part of my routine throughout the fall semester. I brought along an entire case of Yukons' Gold, so the class will have plenty of orange blossom honey for teas, coffee, biscuits, oatmeal etc. I don't believe I've ever been so excited to learn such useful knowledge!
Natural Cordage & Rope
If you're in need of securing or fastening something together there are many solutions in the natural world. Creating cordage out of grass, roots, saplings, and even the fibers of plants such as dogbane, nettle and velvet leaf. The plant fibers are much easier to process after the first frost when the plants are dying. We all made 2 ply cordage out of tall grass found on the roadside and when a piece was big enough two students would play tug of war to demonstrate how durable it can be. I harvested about 8 dogbane plants to remove fibers on the inside of the stalk. Very tedious work as the material is much smaller then bundles of grass yet surprisingly one strand of dogbane fiber is nearly impossible for one person to tug on and break. Impressive stuff! I decided to make a bracelet after making a few feet of cord then doubling it over on itself, came out great (since this is back logged) I've never taken it off and the dogbane bracelet thus far has lasted over 3 months on my wrist.
Fire Bow Drills
to dry in the sun we will come back to them for fire by friction instruction.
On our plant walk this afternoon we talked about, identified and pressed 8 plant species :)
Lemony, tangy tart flavor.
Delicious in a salad :)
|St. John's Wort|
Known Herbal treatment
- Plantago major (Plantain)
- Rumex Acetosella (Sheep Sorrel)
- Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Ox-eye Daisy)
- Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)
- Abies balsamea (Balsam Fir)
- Hypericum perforatum (St. Johns wort)
- Prunus spp. (Pin-Cherrys)
- Usnea cavernosa (Pitted Beard "old mans beard")
Grasshoppers glazed with a honey & brown sugar mix, fried up in a pan for a delightful afternoon snack.