January has been a busy month at Alderleaf with the Wilderness Certification Program. Here are a few of the highlights:
Students spent a day with Karen Sherwood working on making pine needle baskets by hand. Here is Nick Laptew working on his basket above.
On another day we worked with Frank Sherwood on making and using primitive longbows. Look at the arrows fly out of the bows of AWCP students (from left to right) Alex, Keith, Tim, Shea, and Justin!
Here Frank instructs AWCP student David on proper technique for how to draw the bow and focus the attention.
Later, students spent another fun day learning from instructor Allan "Hawkeye" Sande about emergency shelters. In this case, one made from a poncho. The day included many other shelters as well as more opportunities to practice teaching/mentoring skills with the experienced coaching of Allan.
To be continued...