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Primitive Bone Tool Making

a beginner's workshop

Saturday, Jan 4

12pm- 5pm

OHerbals Apothecary, Baltimore MD

Workshop description:

Bone is one of the oldest and most useful materials for making tools & also decorative objects like beads. To this day, a bone awl is one of the most useful tools in a myriad of natural crafts, especially leather work (in which its practically indispensable!) & basketry. And, unlike metals, bone is easy to acquire and takes no special tools or materials to shape. 

Learn to make a small tool or other object of your choice using deer bones, water, stones, and local plant material. You will learn how to select, break, shape, and polish bone for the function you desire. 

Expect to finish one to two projects to take home with you. Projects could include a large or small awl, a pick, scraping tool, sewing needle, bead, hair pin, pendant, or something else you dream up!

This workshop requires some patience, repetitive scraping motions, and a willingness to get a little wet. We'll be working on the ground. If you are unable to sit crouched to work, please get in touch ahead of the class to see about other options. 

Register for the workshop:

To register for this workshop email

Registration is $40 per person, and can be made by PayPal, check, or cash. Payment must be made ahead of the class to confirm your spot.


Space is limited to 5 participants.

About the Venue:

OHerbals Apothecary is a private healing space located in Upper Fells Point, near Patterson Park. The apothecary is fairly small, so expect the living room/classroom space to be cozy! We'll also be using a small outdoor garden space for parts of the workshop. So dress in layers prepared to be working both indoors and outdoors.

OHerbals Apothecary Baltimore Maryland

Objects all made by complete beginners at workshops:

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