Baby Cradle Board
Cradle boards are used for the first years of an infant's life cycle. It’s made to hold and carry the infant horizontally on the mother’s back and shared from generation to generation. Babies were wrapped in a moss bag and securely bound to the cradle board that is laced with leather. The board consists of cedar wood, and the handle and foot stand consists of ash wood. Join in on a one day workshop in making a baby cradle board, hear stories and learn its practical uses.
With this amazing opportunity you will learn in this one day workshop how to manipulate birch bark. Learn to use the ancestral ways of etching in Fall-Winter-Spring seasonal birch bark, to produce a design on your basket, without using markers nor paint. Learn the flexibility of birch bark and how to sew with spruce roots.
Come learn the ingenious ways Algonquin ancestors built the foundational structure of their birch bark canoes with the simplicity of their intellectual designs. No one needs a degree to do this. Anyone can easily build a canoe if they have the patients and desire to learn. All canoes are built depending of the paddler’s needs. In this one week and a half workshop (or 8-10 days separated on different weekends), you will learn about: types of natural materials (barks, roots, woods, and gums); how to process the materials; and how to use manual tools. * Pre-harvest materials must be available.
While canoeing, you might tip and fall in the lake or river waters. Wouldn’t you like a floating birch bark match kit to keep your matches dry and add to your survival kit? Explore in a one day workshop how to make your very own birch bark match kit. If you ever canoe and tip in water, you’ll be able to start a fire to get dry and warmed up before the cold night comes.
For yourself or for a gift, join in on this one day workshop to make a beautiful rawhide rattle. Use the same rawhide as for the drums. Each rattle is stitched with rawhide lace, left to dry, and then filled with pebbles. The handles are all ash wood. The use of rawhide and wood gives it its natural beauty.
Are you bored at home? Come learn in a two day workshop on how to make a pair of snow shoes to help the long winter time pass by faster. You will then have the pleasure with your snowshoes to go discover paths in the forest and discover the beauty of nature.