Earth Connection is a school of primitive skills and wilderness survival located in Northern Virginia and North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham area) that has been in existence for over a decade. Our hands-on classes are reasonably priced because we don't believe in big price tags for primitive skills. That's just not natural!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Primitive Cooking or Primitive Glutony -- You Choose!

Gluttony -- Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste. In the Christian religions, it is considered one of the seven deadly sins. We are dreadfully sorry for the sinning part, but that is unfortunately part of the primitive cooking class... we eat and eat and eat. Just cannot stop. Especially when we are cooking for eight hours... biscuits anyone? We had so much food this past weekend that I will have to go on a diet to get back to fighting weight.

I cannot wait for next year so see how much food we will prepare over a green stick grill, in a steam pit, or a "Snowbear" oven, by clay baking, or in a stone oven, rock boiling, or just plain throwing it in a fire.

Get your ash cakes and hot biscuits!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

2nd Annual Fire Palooza - So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

The 2nd Annual Fire Palooza was full of flaming surprises this year. Everyone achieved some sort of pyro spectacular flame-out, especially our resident caveman Tim. There was even a feminine touch this year that brought the fire birthing story new meaning. Next year will be even better with more friction surprises.

Two days of friction fire is all we can handle. We attempted quite a few types of friction fire methods from hand drill to fire saw. We even broke out the fire piston. The return of two Fire Plow boys (Wes and Hardy) showed us all how to make fire the intense islander way... FIRE PLOW is for real men.

Steven made a heroic attempt at it too.
Congratulations to all those who created new life (fire) that weekend.