It goes without saying that rope is versatile. In land-based survival settings, rope is used in creating trap lines, tethering shelters, tying brushwood bundles, and igniting fire by friction. In our homes, we can use simple, plant-based rope for clothing lines, drying herbs, mounting wall-hangings, and everyday fix-up jobs. The possibilities are infinite, yet with the upswell of interest in foraging and medicine-making, cordage is an often-overlooked dimension of human’s long-felt relationship with the plant world.
So, in this class, we’ll spotlight the craft of simple cord-rendering. We’ll delve into plant identification, fiber processing, and creating a finished material that is taut, durable, and biodegradable. Along the way, we’ll highlight native and nonnative plants that offer themselves for cordage and explore how humans have practice cord-spinning for centuries.
This class is part of the Horn Farm Center's new Windows to Wild Lands series, taking place from 1 to 3pm on the first Sunday of every month. Each class, we'll offer an entry-level, hands-on lesson in an age-old primitive skill that reconnects with the land while giving us a glimpse into the nature-based lives of our human ancestry.
About the Instructor: Wilson Alvarez
Wilson Alvarez is a certified permaculture designer, inventor, gardener, skilled tracker, bowyer, nature-awareness instructor, and writer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since 2004, he has taught classes and workshops on bio-intensive agriculture, regenerative technology, foraging, hunting, trapping, tracking, and wilderness survival. Wilson studied at the Wilderness Awareness School via the Kamana program, and he received his Permaculture Design Certificate through Susquehanna Permaculture.
Space is limited to 12 participants due to the hands-on nature of this class. Not recommended for children under 15. Children accompanying a parent or guardian who is taking the class may attend without charge.
This class will take place outdoors. Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain and potentially snowy and/or muddy conditions.
All programs are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather. Participants will receive an email in the days preceding the program for any changes or cancellations. You can review our current Cancellation and Refund Policy here.
Parking takes place in the field above the farmhouse.
The cost for this program is $25/person.
York, PA 17406