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Animal Kin Connection – Deer Bone Whistles w/ Josh Barnwell

August 10 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

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About the Workshop: Animal Kin Connection- Deer Bone Whistles

Bone has met the material needs for peoples the world over since time immemorial. Harder and sharper than wood, less brittle than stone, this often overlooked gift from our animal kin provides a doorway to connection to the natural world.  As we work with bone, we deepen our understanding of animal bodies and how they relate to our own. During this class, students will clean, shape and polish deer phalanges into beautiful, functional whistles, replicating historical artifacts found across the globe.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Deer anatomy in relation to human anatomy
  • The foundations of working with bone including sourcing and processing 
  • Basics of scrimshaw, a way of marking and decorating bone
  • Examples of other bone projects to inspire future creativity and exploration of the craft

This class will be held outdoors in a covered pavilion on Saturday August 10, 2024, from 10 am – 2 pm near Asheville, NC.

This class is suitable for all skill levels. The minimum age is 12 with adult.

About the Instructor: Josh Barnwell

For over 20 years Josh Barnwell (he/they) has been inspired by the natural world and the ways it has provided material needs for humanity the world over. He spends his time in Tennessee with his feral family, pursuing cyclical, seasonal, nature inspired crafts and leading workshops from his farmstead and at earthskills gatherings around the east coast.

Equitable Pricing Model $100 – $45

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  • Sponsor Price $100: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $70: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $45: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

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Class Price includes all Materials for the Class


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DEER BONE – 08/10/2024 Sponsor Price
Supports accessibility for others as well as yourself
$ 100.00
DEER BONE – 08/10/2024 Standard Price
Covers your share of basic class expenses
$ 70.00
DEER BONE – 08/10/2024 *Equity Discount
*Available for those of the global majority who identify as coming from a racialized community or an underrepresented ethnicity and would not have access to this workshop without this discount
$ 45.00

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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.