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“For, like the nails on a beast’s paw, the old tools were so much an extension of a person’s hand or an added appendage to their arm, that the resulting workmanship seemed to flow directly from the body of the maker and to carry something of theirself into the work.” 

-Eric Sloane, Museum of Early American Tools

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If you are coming from out of town and would like to camp at our campus during your weekend class, this is available for an additional $10 per night, per tent. Please choose this option during enrollment. Bathrooms and showers are on-site.  

Axes and knives are among the oldest tools humans have used to shape their environment. These two tools have allowed humans to construct shelters, make tools and implements for harvesting food and water, produce fire to heat shelters and cook food, and create artifacts of cultural expression. Continuing in this tradition, you will be learning the fundamentals of wedge and edge to safely harvest and process wood into tools and implements.


In this course you will learn:


  • Axe and knife types and selection

  • Axe and knife safety

  • Axe techniques: felling, limbing, bucking, splitting, carving

  • Knife carving techniques (beginner to advanced)

  • Axe and knife sharpening and care

  • Introduction to hook knives

  • Super tuning your tools

In this course you will make:


  • Wooden maul and glut for splitting wood

  • Wooden splitting wedges

  • Wooden stool with staked legs or chopping block

  • Knife carving try stick

  • Wooden tent stakes

  • Wooden butter knife and / or spoon

  • Wooden blanks for carving projects

This class is very hands on. Each student will get LOTS of practice with the techniques covered in this course. Limited to 10 students.

Dates: TBA

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm


Location: Earth Native Campus, 137 Woodview Lane, Bastrop, TX

Ages: This is an adult class but open to ages 17+

Required Tools:

  • Axe: If you don’t have one, we recommend Council Tool Boys Axe 2.25# Head and 28” Handle : SU22B28C : Available from Council Tool, Amazon and other stores. Available to rent axe/sheath from us during enrollment for $25.

  • Axe Sheath: Blade Guard or Axe Sheath or make your own. 

  • Bushcraft / Carving Knife : Mora Classic #2 or Mora Clipper Companion Knife. Available to purchase from us during enrollment for $20.

Suggested Tools / Materials:

Please contact us to be notified when dates are announced for this class.

Purchase an Earth Native Klean Kanteen Bottle

Available to buy during registration - pick up at class!

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Klean Kanteen

27 oz, Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Sports Top $20.00

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Klean Kanteen

16 oz, TKWide Insulated Hot/Cold Beverage Bottle with Leak-Proof Cafe Cap $24.99


Klean Kanteen

32 oz, Insulated Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Chug Cap $39.99



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