If the New Year is getting you excited to learn some new skills, I have a couple fun classes and things to suggest.
1. Scion Exchange
Berkeley, San Jose, Sebastopol, and many more!
If you have fruit trees, you can graft different varieties onto your tree! Last year, I went to the scion exchange in San Francisco and got some crazy kinds of fruit trees to graft. Sadly, not one of the grafts took, even though I spent hours going to the scion exchange, whittling scion wood and cleft grafting onto my pear and apple trees. The year before I had four take. Clearly I’m getting all Flowers for Algeron on the grafting tip. I need to brush up! That’s why I’m so psyched that again the scion exchange is coming! This year, it’ll be in several places, I’m going to the one in San Jose on January 9th, because it’s at an urban farm that sounds mighty wicked.
For more info about dates and times for the scion exchanges, see the California Rare Fruit website.
2. Rabbit Hide Tanning Class with Tamara Wilder
Ghosttown Farm, Oakland, CA
Feb 6-7, 9am-5pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Braintanning is a natural, beautiful & soft method for tanning furs.
In this two day class, participants will partake in the whole process—from prepping and fleshing the pelt to smoking the softened fur. Tools and materials will be provided and some softening tools will also be available for sale.
Domestic rabbit furs will be supplied.
$120 per person
Bio: Tamara Wilder has been demonstrating and practicing ancient living skills for the past 20 years. She is the coauthor of the book Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning and regularly teaches seminars on stringmaking, braintanning, firemaking and other ancient technologies across Northern California. More info at www.paleotechnics.com
If you’d like to sign up or get more information, email me at novellacarpenter at gmail dot com.
*Never mind if you don’t keep rabbits, the concepts in this class apply for all kinds of hairy critters, including squirrels and roadkill. Tamara is a total bad-ass.
3. Sauerkraut Making on Valentine’s Day
Biofuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Ave, Berkeley
February 14, 11-12:30
Come on down the Biofuel Oasis and learn how to make sauerkraut and ginger beer from my friend Leslie, who is mighty knowledgeable about all things fermented. We’ll supply all the raw materials to make a jar of kraut and a bottle of ginger beer to take home to your loved ones–with tastings in between.
Register here; and while you’re there, check out all the other cool classes like Keeping Chickens and Ducks, Greywater, Backyard Beekeeping, Mushroom Cultivation, and Rabbits!