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.
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.
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.