Maine, July 20-22, Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering

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  1. x39

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    We're about four months out now from the 2018 4th Annual Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering, to be held July 20-22 in Columbia, Maine, so those who plan on travelling should have ample time to make plans. Full event information here... http://prfgca.org/?page_id=563, or feel free to PM me with any inquiries. Last year's event was a real turning point, we're growing, with more to offer than ever. This is a great opportunity to meet like minded folks, learn and share skills, and just have a really fun weekend outdoors in rural downeast Maine. Here's the trip report from last year's event... https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/2017-puckerbrush-primitive-gathering.202090/ . A bunch of folks from the forum were there, and we really hope to see more this year.
    Download a flier here... http://prfgca.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/puckerbrush2018.pdf

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    Take a look folks!
     
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    C'mon up!
     
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    Awesome, looking forward to seeing you.
     
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    A little slide show we put together...

     
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    Nice.
     
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    Great slide show @x39. Looking forward to being there for all 3 days this year. I'm collecting birch bark to bring to make tar, have a couple pack baskets full so far.
     
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    Excellent! We'll keep the distillers going all weekend!
     
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    I also have a good supply of Chaga to bring to share, found three more chunks last week but need to find my tree steps as they are 12'-15' up.
     
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    @x39 A Awesome slide show ! I really enjoyed watching it and the photos thumbs up . Music was Great with it . I’ll be there this summer if all goes good :dblthumb:
     
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    Been there I saw two years ago a mother Chaga but about 12’ maybe higher .
     
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    All the Chaga I have found in the past has been waist to head height on the tree and usually caused by damage from logging operations.
     
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    BUMP. Looking favorable for attending this event, FINALLY! Lord willing and the creek don't rise!
     
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    Wish they allowed dogs
    I have been looking for a trip I could bring them with me.
    They are real bushcrafty too. German shepard is great at herding things like kids and keeping them out of trouble.
    Husky who just loves everyone........like a hippy LOL
     
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    I know it is a primitive gathering but would it be ok to bring some HAM radio stuff as well?
     
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    I don't really think that would fit in with the scheme of things. The tone is more primitive/traditional skills and bushcraft rather than prepping. I hope you'll come just the same.
     
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    We're getting close, five weeks out this coming weekend. Last Sunday several of the crew including forum members @Bad Little Falls and @Zanimal helped get one of our workshop sites up to snuff. The shelter also provides a shady spot near the river for relaxing and conversing.
    We have several new workshops in store for this year. As far as forum members go, @Bad Little Falls will be having a canoe poling workshop on our river as well as a green woodworking workshop. @Fowler will be showing his gear from his time on the "Alone" show as well as leading a slingshot building workshop. @bushwolf will be doing a presentation on knives from A-Z. @Zanimal will be doing a net making workshop. @Barebow60 is gathering birch for a huge run of birch tar rendering. We'll also have a workshop dealing with the use and maintenance of the scythe. Renowned blacksmith Doug Wilson will be back with several forges and blacksmiths for his very popular hands on demonstrations. As usual, Stim Wilcox will be having his bowmaking workshop, last year 21 people walked away from the event with basic selfbows they made over the weekend. Robert Riversong will be back with his excellent rigging, ropes, and lifting workshop Lots more to come, will be updating frequently from this point forward.
    Meanwhile, from last weekend @Bad Little Falls , Steve, and @Zanimal setting up a fly rod during a break in the work. Ollie has better things on his mind....

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    Shelter about ready for the event...

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    And some video....

     
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    I'll be there early Saturday until evening, Be nice to see the gang and meet a few new ones! A Big Thanks to @x39 and may other folks for the early set up and for having me ! Can't wait to see you all. I will be bring my Smudging items for Smudging folks or gear.
     
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    Mike, it's always a pleasure, looking forward to seeing you there.
     
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    Thanks to Steve for assisting with the fly rod set up. Now for some rain to keep the streams from drying up. Its going to be a good event. Lots going on. I will have my exploratory spring pole lathe going for people to try, a work in progress.
     
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    @Bad Little Falls operating the aforementioned spring pole lathe today at a reenactment event....

     
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    That's a decent clip of the lathe working, I struggle with getting the right tool to cut in the best wood, angles and tilts of the tool, species of wood and good straight grain, most of the wood I am using is junk fire wood. I am still working on some new variations in cutting tools and on going modifications to the lathe itself. It will be set up for people to use.
     
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    Just a heads up to folks who may be trying to access our web site for information. It appears that our organization's entire site has been hacked, so it's currently down. Our administrator expects it to be operational again by July 5. In the meantime, I've attached a pdf with our flyer , which has full event information...
     

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    I'm missing all of the cool stuff. We'll be in the southern/central portions from the 14th until the 18th. There's basket makers festival coming up the 6th through the 8th that I'd love to check out as well.
     
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    A week from tonight the event will be underway! We've got some pretty cool workshops scheduled to be led by knowledgeable folks. Just a list of workshops and activities without going into too much detail:
    Bow making.
    Blacksmithing.
    Pit fired pottery using local clay.
    Canoe poling.
    Green wood working.
    Knives and knife safety.
    Slingshot making and shooting.
    Backwoods rigging and rope work.
    Tracking and awareness.
    River ecology.
    Net making.
    Using and maintaining the scythe.
    Friction fire from materials sourced on site.
    Sheath making step by step.
    Plant identification walks.
    Trade blanket.
    Ornamental and useful knots.
    Rendering birch tar.
    Astronomy.
    Yoga.

    On site activities:
    3-D Archery.
    Swimming.
    Hiking.
    Axe and knife throwing.
    Archery range.
    Aerial archery.
    Pot luck supper Saturday night.
    Fishing.
    Camping.
    Just hanging out and talking to interesting folks.

    AND, THE FIRST ANNUAL DOWNEAST MOSQUITO SWATTING CHAMPIONSHIP!

    As well, our kitchen will be open serving our famous pulled pork sandwich meals, and the traditional staple of eastern Maine, red hot dogs. Be there or be square!

    TWENTY BUCKS FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND, IT WOULD COST YOU MORE TO STAY HOME!

    MORA COMPANION DOOR PRIZE DRAWING EVERY DAY!
     
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    Full event schedule and activity time line attached. More to come!
     

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    We were at the site most of the day today setting up fire rings and shelters. Here's a shot of our year round shelter with the heavy canvas tarp deployed along with some of the canoes for the poling workshop...
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    @Bad Little Falls green wood working area is nearby...

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    Tomorrow this time, the area will be buzzing with activity.
     
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    If I lived nearby, I'd be roaming around all over that place this weekend.
     
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    Hey man, wish you were! It's a good time with good folks.
     
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    I'm still packing up "stuff"!
     
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    Yeah, me too. Just made another four wood scrapers for Stim's bow making workshop. Short on material, I cut up one of those rusty saws we were looking at the other day.... :eek:
     
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    So close! I'm in Maine at least....
     
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    Had to work this weekend after all... :( Hope you all have a great time and I hope to see lots of pictures to help me make it through this weekend of work.
    Best wishes.
     
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    Bummer! One of my best friends put in for the weekend off at work last year and wound up with the Guard in Afghanistan instead! Things are moving along nicely, will probably do an update or two on this thread while the event is active, and do a trip report to follow up.
     
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