I was introduced to felting last fall when I took a class from Rosemary at the Rabbitstick Rendezvous and made a hat….. It’s a ton of fun!
With shearing season coming up (generally sheep are shorn early spring) I thought it would be fun to do an episode about a craft that would allow you to take advantage of the raw wool that is about to come available. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks and you may be able to get your hands on some wool for your next project!
Rosemary primarily teaches hat making, but we discuss the basic fundamentals of felting in general so that you have a base understanding that you can apply to whatever project you have in mind.
In this episode we cover things like wool selection, storing wool properly, washing (or the lack thereof), straightening out the wool (carding/picking), laying out your pattern, what needs to happen during the felting process and how you know when to move on to the next step, and of course some history of the craft and what types of things it was traditionally used for. Take a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it!
Rosemary’s Youtube Channel
The State Hermitage Museum
Scandinavian-Style Feltmaking by Patricia Spark
Gatherings Rosemary teaches at:
You know those miles of picturesque stone walls you’ll see in tourism photos from the UK? Ever wondered how they were built?
Today we’re talking construction, dry stone construction! Dry stone masonry is an age old craft, we have examples of it going back centuries…. amazingly you can still find a lot of it intact too! If you’re like me, the first examples that pop into mind are the stone walls found throughout the UK. I’ve always been fascinated by the stone walls, I love craft that endures for so long. Plus it’s beautiful!
This week we’re talking with modern craftsman Bryce Hollingsworth about dry stone construction and how he got involved in masonry. Great talk with a great craftsman– I found this to be a fascinating topic, I hope you do as well!
Stonebearhardscapes.com — Bryce’s website (contact info there if you want to talk to him about doing a job for you!)
Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain — and here’s a link to their video’s on Youtube that Bryce mentioned.
The Stone Trust — and the link to their Youtube channel
Dry Stone Conservancy
Dry Stone Walling by Paul Webley (published by the Dry Stone Walling Association)
Stone Primer by Charles McRaven
Building with Stone by Charles McRaven
And, if you’re interested in a couple other fascinating videos on the subject, check out this one and this one.
This week’s episode is exciting for me! I’m talking with Tamara Dean (author of The Human-Powered Home) about human power, machines, tools, best practices and why this should interest you.
So what do we mean by human power? Think crank, treadle, and bike power– historic examples you are likely familiar with would be treadle sewing machines, pole lathes, treadle power hammers, or hand crank grain mills. But the ideas and principles can be adapted to so much more!
If you’re interested in self-sufficiency, being off grid, DIY, or just making things that are awesome her book is a must read. It has plans for a number of different human powered projects you can build, but also discusses the principles behind what you’re doing in a way that makes you feel confident you could adapt the ideas to whatever project you needed built.
Most of the methods we talk about (or that are mentioned in the book) are not strictly traditional, but they are modern adaptations of human powered machines used up through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Overall, it was a great conversation to have and I hope it gets you thinking about human powered machinery in a new light!
Bicimakina.com — & their youtube channel (seems to be inactive at the moment)
Maya Pedal — link is to the English version of their site
Village Tech Solutions
Driftless Writing Center
The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles over Motors by Tamara Dean
Bicycling Science by David Gordon Wilson
Great episode with Charlie from over at Blue Bear Flutes!
I discovered Charlie while lost on Youtube distracting myself from actually doing my taxes like I was supposed to be…… He has some great videos that explains and demystifies flute making in a way that makes me feel confident that I could make one (how well it would play is a different question entirely).
In this episode we dive down a few rabbit holes related to flute making and craft in general….. You’ll get an overview on flute making, plus a good chat discussing craft and making in general as well as some of Charlie’s philosophies!
bluebearflutes.com — Charlie’s website
Blue Bear Flutes Facebook
Blue Bear Flutes Instagram
Blue Bear Flutes Youtube Channel — specific videos mentioned are below
The Art of Native American Flute Making by Charlie Mato-Toyela
Great conversation this week with Kris Daman! We discuss the basic weave and process involved in getting started fingerweaving, as well as the history around it, what it is best used for, and how it was involved in the early tourist trade.
If you’re interested in reenactment, muzzleloading, traditional living skills, and some of the history in the great lakes area you’ll enjoy this episode for sure!
- Materials used (historical and modern)
- Estimating yarn length needed
- Getting set up
- Doing a basic weave
- A few notes on different patterns
- And finishing up your strap
Kris’ Instagram account
Kris’ Facebook page
Braddock’s Sash Youtube video
Carol James’ Youtube Channel
JaggerSpun yarn that Kris likes to use
Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding by Alta Turner
Finger Weaving Basics by Gerald Findley
The Assomption Sash by Marius Barbeau
Twined Bags: an Historic Finger-weaving Craft of the Native Americans by Monica Moore
Fingerweaving Untangled by Carol James
Sprang Unsprung by Carol James
Trading Identities by Ruth Phillips
Patterns of Power by Ruth Phillips
The Book of Buckskinning series by William Scurlock