Earthskills gathering provides insight into basic skills from earlier times

Hand-cutting logs to become beams of a building.

Weaving baskets out of palm fronds.

Using blacksmithing skills to create a knife.

The Florida Earthskills gathering in Hawthorne was a step back in time to remember the many skills that people used to have to create their own homes, food and clothing – without construction companies, grocery stories and malls that many of us count on today.

Instructors had their classes gathered under tents or trees to receive instructions and typically to try out skills.

After creating my didgideroo  and making some initial attempts to play it, I explored the other work groups to see what they were doing.

Take a look for yourself at the variety of activities on a Saturday afternoon at Florida Earthskills, 2015.

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