Skills Workshops

Summer 2024 Workshops

Below you will find a list of workshops for the Summer of 2024. In order to register for any of these please contact our Program Director Tyra at [email protected]

Sandal Making 

When: March 23, 2024 9am-5pm

Cost: $150 plus $25 materials

Who: open to participants 16 and up (max 6)

Instructor: Isaac Coffin

Get your start in sandal making with a simple and rugged design. The Laughing Coyote crew has taken these sandals everywhere, from the deserts of Africa to vacationing in Italy, the tip of South America to backpacking in the Rockies. They are great for daily use or your next adventure. We will go through the entire sandal making process from making a pattern, sewing and breaking in the finished sandals. Students will be using conveyor belt for the sandal material. 

Bowdrill Friction Fire

When: April 6, 2024 9am-5pm

Cost: $150

Who: open to participants 16 and up (max 6)

Instructor: Isaac Coffin

Have you ever wanted to make fire by rubbing sticks together, or to be able to go out and stay warm and cook with just what you can find around you? If so, this might be the class for you.

Learn the foundations of bowdrill and fire making. Each participant will carve their own bowdrill kit, as well as learn form, tinder preparation and trouble shooting the friction fire process.

Spoon Social

When: April 20, 2024, 1pm-4pm

Cost: free, donations accepted

Who: open to all, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult

Instructor: Isaac Coffin

Spoon carving is a fun craft to create something functional while expressing artistry, and is a great social activity. Come out and join us for an afternoon of spoon carving and conversation. Wood and tools will be available, but feel free to bring along your own project, knife, spoon knife and hatchet. This is an informal gathering, beginners are welcome to bring questions to learn.

Hide Tanning

When: May 16-19, 2024 9am-5pm 

Cost: $450 plus $25 materials

Who: open to participants 16 and up (max 6)

Instructor: Isaac Coffin

Traditional tanning is practiced around the world, and was an essential part of life. Transforming raw hides to beautiful buckskin and leather is a miraculous process. In this workshop participants will learn “fat tanning”, making soft and supple smoked buckskin. We will be working with sheepskins from a local farm, but this is the same process to tan deer, elk and other animals. Tanning is physically demanding, yet deeply rewarding. Come out prepared to work hard and walk away with a gorgeous hide.

Board Bow Making

When: July 13-14, 2024 9am-5pm each day

Cost: $300 plus $25 materials

Who: open to participants 16 and up (max 4)

Instructor: Isaac Coffin

The beauty and simplicity of the wooden long bow has captured the mind of people since the dawn of archery. Its simple and efficient design and ease of construction makes it one of the most widely used bows in the world.

Get your foot in the door of the bowyer’s craft and learn to use woodworking tools and bow making techniques to shape an effective bow. Come prepared to work hard with your hands and mind, and walk away with a beautiful functioning bow!

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Please feel free to send over any questions: we love sharing our educational philosophy, programs, and skills. And we hope to see you around the farm in Boulder County’s beautiful Colorado landscape.

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