Florida Earthskills Gathering 2017

The Florida Earthskills Gathering provided me with a great opportunity to practice my woodworking skills along with the many who were interested in learning sustainable living skills.

Little Orange Creek Nature Park, outside of Hawthorne, provided a scenic location, with the event held amidst massive live oaks.

I participated in Barron Brown’s Bowl Carving workshop. During the day-long workshop, I carved a half-log of Tulip Poplar into a bowl.

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Those who took the Coconut Palm Leaf Hats workshop were wearing the results of their work — and some of the hats and small bowls made of coconut palm leaves were available for purchase in the sales tent.

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Earthskills Arts of the Coconut
Participants in the Art of the Coconut learned that cracking open coconuts took strength, a heavy mallet and good aim.

My workshop was held next to the Art of the Coconut workshop. The workshop participants cracked open coconuts and collected the coconut meat for a community food project. They used the shells to make either a bowl or a goblet.

I placed one of my handmade driftwood branch flutes in the sales tent, and by lunch time someone had purchased it.