Our family is home - invigorated and inspired - after spending some precious days with our friends, the Knapp family at Koviashuvik Local Living School. Often, while working in the woods with them, I leave the camera behind to use both of my eyes and all of my hands. But I've long wanted to properly document and share our time with them here with you in this space. It was a pleasure to do that on this trip and a pleasure to see this place through the lens, where everywhere I looked I found the beauty of the natural world, the touch of handmade, and the thoughtful details of people with deep respect for the Earth.
I have words to share about our time there, and some of the good things that Chris and Ashirah are doing at Koviashuvik, but I'll save that for tomorrow.
Today, through the lens....
Our 'home' for the stay.
Gathering food from the root cellar and garden.
Starting a fire with the (large) bow drill.
Collecting ice from the icehouse.
Making bows on the shave horse.
Making a quick birch bark basket.
Learning to scythe.
Koviashuvik, the name of the School and place, is an Inuit word meaning "A time and place of joy in the present."
More to come tomorrow...