|Deer Bone needles and awls|
Naomi and Dan are www.outback2basics.co.uk from Shropshire. They've been invited by North East Wales Wildlife (www.newwildlife.org.uk) to teach us some traditional skills. They’re brilliant, passionate, but most of all, fun. They went to America and re-lived the Stone Age for 4 months, making their own clothes, shoes, shelter, fire, food. We saw the photos, they obviously didn’t have showers in the Stone Age.
After lunch, we go outside for some fresh air and learn how to tap a birch tree to get the sap. ‘It makes a lovely drink,’ Dan says. ‘Pine cones make great scrubbing brushes,’ adds Naomi, ‘and those Leylandii we all hate in our neighbour’s gardens, their bark makes great containers, but get permission first before you go stripping the bark of your neighbour’s trees, or any trees.’
‘Hmmm,’ I reply, stroking the trunk and picturing my next rustic creation.
(This was a free course provided by NEW Wildlife based in Rhydymwyn)