This elk antler choker was made entirely with stone age tools and processes . I made it for my ex wife @wilder_tamara of @paleotechnics in my main primitive technology phase in the 90’s. There was a fatal flaw. In order to get such a long strip, I had to run up along one of the tines (points) of the antler. The tip of the antler is much more dense than the pithy base. The problem wasn’t the wall thickness, but the actual density of the material. As a result, it would not remain round. A longer bigger antler would be needed so that the entire strip could be derived from the main beam. Even so, it might need to have a clasp or tie at the back. I tried to set it into shape by cooking it longer, but that eventually cooked out too much of the cementing proteins and it became very weak and broke. I knew better, but nothing else was working. The stone tool I’m scraping with is a simple flake of chert, which is like flint. The marks define an area that needs to be thinner. If I say stone tool to most people, they will think of a long knife, a spear point or an axe etc. No such tools were used in the making of this and many, if not most stone tool processes are carried out with flakes of stone. The flakes may be used as is, or modified into one of several different simple tools for grooving, slicing, scraping and sawing. Many flakes of stone that have been used as tools would not be recognized as tools by most people, or even as having been made or modified by a person at all. That was a neat project and very time consuming. It was not in any way crude. When finished, no one would have guessed that symetric, polished thing of beauty was made with stone age processes. Too bad I didn’t get any finished pics, it looked totally unique and awesome. Photo by Tamara Wilder. #primitivetechnology#primitivetechnologist#stonetools#flintknapping#antler#craft#primitivearts#elkantler#primitiveskills#survival#woodcraft#bushcraft#chert#skillcult
The tea of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)! 🌲This tree is called kuwes (GOO-wehz) by the Passamaquoddy people. Eastern white pine contains proanthocyanidins, powerful antioxidants and potentiators of vitamin C (a potentiator helps small amounts of a substance, this case vitamin C, exert the same effect on the body as higher amounts would). The inner bark possess among the highest levels of these polyphenols in the plant kingdom. 😮 Also, it’s an anti-diabetic! We use a knife to remove the inner bark and infuse the strands into cold water for at least 24 hours to make our signature, “Wilder Water” tea! ☺️ Pine has a plethora of other uses as food, medicine, bandages, cordage, water-tight bark containers, and weaving material among other gifts. Because when we interact deeply with our surrounding plants, we may protect them one day against industry! 👊 Read more about pine in #ancestralplants. PS Both pine bark tea and books make good gifts this time of year! 🎁 Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order Ancestral Plants V2 and receive 20% off!
**GIVEAWAY!!!*** . . . We are doing our first official giveaway to promote our shop a little bit! . Enter to win this beautiful little braintan buckskin satchel . . HERE IS HOW TO ENTER! 1) repost a favorite picture from our account OR post a picture of your favorite nature spot. 2) tag @wild_pathways in your post 3) follow @wild_pathways . . Do these 3 things before Tuesday Dec 18 for a chance to win. On Dec 18 at 5pm mountain time we will randomly select a winner from the contestant pool and mail you this beautiful pouch. . . ***once you have entered, share this giveaway on your Instagram story for an additional entry!*** . . This whitetail doe was harvested in SW Montana with a rifle and tanned the old way with brains and woodsmoke. This bag is crafted completely with buckskin and even tied together with knot seams of buckskin thong. No metal needles were used in crafting this bag, there are no stitches only knots. . . Thanks everyone!!! #giveaway#giveawaycontest#braintan#buckskin#primitiveskills#ancestralskills#bushcraft#deer#deerskin#braintanned#mountainman#foraging#natureconnection#leather
SUMMER SOLSTICE BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP🌞 Learning and practising primitive skills is a great way to get outside, away from technology and connect with nature. Arrive with nothing and leave with a beautiful primitive basket of your own design. Beyond your basket take home the knowledge and wisdom of these ancient weaving patterns and techniques stored permanently in your mind and in your muscles. Basketry is for everyone, no previous experience is needed. All materials will be provided on the day. TIME 11:00am - 3:00pm DATE Summer Solstice 22nd of December LOCATION Wild Movement Perth 439 Sydney Road Gnangarra COSTS $40 TICKETS www.wildmovement.com.au/events WHAT TO BRING A pair of scissors or a knife BYO food and drinks, all rubbish must be taken home with you. #wildmovementperth