The Cascadia SkillShare and Barter Faire is a fun festival about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills. Years ago, lots of people knew how to repair and sharpen tools, make a braided rug, raise chickens, make soap, build a fence, make simple toys, and much more. The goal of the SkillShare Faire is to help revive those skills, showcase some new ones, and provide a place where all of us can come learn from people more experienced in these crafts and trades.
If you aren’t one of the hundreds of people that have attended a SkillShare Faire, you may have heard- they are informative, entertaining, and lots of fun! Hourly skill sharing demonstrations throughout the day with all kinds of old-timey and new-fangled resilience building skills. Great local bands and performers. The response of fair-goers has been overwhelmingly positive.
Swap and Barter: We encourage you to bring things to trade and barter such as seeds, recipes, clothes, household items, pottery, produce, preserves, and all kinds of other interesting and useful items and services. One person’s throw-away is another person’s treasure!
Some of the skills offered in past years:
Raising Sheep and Llamas • Shearing • Preparing Wool-Combing • Spinning • Weaving and Knitting • Rags to Rugs • Make a Felted Soap Ball
Darn that Sock! The Lost Art of Sock Darning • Drawing • Cooking • Cake Decorating • Knitting • Crochet • Cross Stitch • Sewing • Make-up
Goats: Care and Milking • Beekeeping • Horse “Whispering” • Raising Livestock • Poultry Butchering
Fermentation and Brewing: Wild Fermentation and Honey Elixers • From Start to Finish: Home Brewing with the B’ham Beer League! • Sourdough • Sauerkraut • Kimchee • Mead • Home Wine-Making on a Shoestring • Making Goat Cheese •
Fire by Friction • Processing and Tanning Hides for Leather • Traditional Bows and Arrows • ID and Cook Wild Edibles • Using Wild Fibers for Rope, Baskets and Mats • The Best Field Guides for Homesteading • Wilderness First Aid • Edible Medicinal Plant Walk
Water Witching • Archery • Bow-making • Yoga for Pain, Posture and Performance • Get Funded! Run a Successful Kickstarter/Crowdfunding Campaign • Look, Ma, No Cord- Revive Your Old Sewing Machine, Unplugged! • Homemade Firestarters that Work • Preventive Auto Maintenance • Using Tools and Tool Safety • Scything and Other Sharp Ideas • Build and Use a Sun Dial • Keep Your Bike in Shape • Water Conservation • Make a Rocket Stove • Building and Using a Solar Oven • Safe Basic Home Electrical Repair • Gardening • Worm Bins • Compost Tea • Winter Gardening • Growing Mushrooms • “QI” Activation for Energy • Kaleidoscope Community Yoga • Be Prepared! • Dignity Through the End of Life • Make and Distill Herbal Remedies • Making Jewelry • The Art of Telling a Good Story • You and Ruby: Tap Dancing! • Irish Step-Dancing • Learn traditional Irish music by ear • How to play the Irish Bodhran drum and many, many more!