speaker-info

Dennis Biswell

MOTHER EARTH NEWS

An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

Dennis will be speaking at the Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs

Workshops

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Surviving the Wilderness Extended Workshop

Think you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness with limited supplies and resources?! Or perhaps you have been thinking it might be a good idea to get training on at least some basic survival skills? Whatever the case, you do not want to miss this unique, informative, and fully immersive half-day survival workshop featuring popular MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speakers Dennis Biswell and Matt Stephens. Participation in this exclusive Seven Springs extended workshop is strictly limited to ensure maximum small group interaction. Biswell and Stephens have a combined 50 years in wilderness survival and training, and in this workshop they demonstrate fundamental skills and supplies required for basic wilderness survival, with an emphasis on a few main goals: starting a fire, building a dry shelter, finding food (fishing without poles), and purifying water. Participants follow instruction and advice before challenging themselves to use what they have just learned. They receive transportation from the main lodge at the resort to a secluded location on the mountain. Biswell and Stephens also supply attendees with supplies to get their survival pack started! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today.
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Friday 8:00-12:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room B

Making Leather and Buckskin Tanning at home

Dennis Biswell shares his years of experience tanning a variety of hides. He discusses how to make beautiful hair-on leather hides, durable hair-off leather, and traditional buckskin. With a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell has long enjoyed tanning projects at home. He reveals his timetable for fitting them into a busy schedule. Don't know what to do with hides after they are tanned? Biswell answers that question as well, showing off items he’s crafted from his home-tanned hides.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Grit Stage
North Carolina, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Maryland, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Oregon, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Grit Stage
Pennsylvania, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Grit Stage
Kansas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Cappers Farmer Stage

Hand Stitching Leather Hands On Workshop

Learn to make three leather stitches: blanket, saddle, and whip stitch (and find out when each is used). Participants receive a kit that includes the leather pieces to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch pouch, needles, artificial sinew, and instruction on how to sew the pouch together using the three stitches. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
North Carolina, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Oregon, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Pennsylvania, Friday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room A

Hand Stitching Leather Extended Workshop

At this extended workshop, participants receive a kit that includes the leather pieces to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch pouch, needles, artificial sinew, and instruction on how to sew the pouch together using three stitches. Dennis Biswell shares tips for creating patterns and templates. See and use different leatherworking tools, such as punches and a stitching pony, and hear hints and ideas for embellishing the kit (by adding stitches to the flap, a belt loop, a closure, and more). The goal of this two-and-a-half-hour session is to provide each participant enough time to finish a pouch.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community Hands On

Available In:

Kansas, Sunday 2:00-4:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops

Extended Emergency Preparedness Plans and Skills That Could Save Your Life

Preparation coupled with some fundamental outdoor survival skills are the keys to surviving emergencies. In this extended session, Dennis Biswell and Matt Stephens share their plans for surviving a variety of emergencies: catastrophes at home (such as weather disasters), auto and travel problems (like getting stuck in a blizzard), and outdoor situations (as when a fall turns a hunting trip into an overnight stay). In addition to preparing and planning, practice skills to will help you stay alive. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today.
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Maryland, Sunday 2:00-5:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops

Durable and Beautiful Hair On Hides

Have you ever wanted to turn a deer skin into a beautiful throw for your home? Dennis Biswell reveals how to create durable hair-on leather from a wide range of animals, including deer, goats, raccoon, coyotes, and rabbits. Sharing how to do it all at home with a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell discusses his timetable for working tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has created with his home-tanned hides.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Maryland, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
Oregon, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Pennsylvania, Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Kansas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Cappers Farmer Stage

Deer Processing Fielddressing and testing for chronic wasting disease

Shane Hesting (Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism disease coordinator) and Dennis Biswell (MOTHER EARTH NEWS' resident outdoorsman) show how simple it can be to field-dress a deer after a hunt, as well as how important and easy it is to test for chronic wasting disease (CWD). With their guidance, you and your family will have more peace of mind at the dinner table and be respecting the life of the animal by learning how to most effectively make use of the deer. Learn tips about skinning, caping, and more! This presentation is sponsored by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Grit Stage

Deer Processing Breaking down the carcass

Following up on their previous deer processing presentation, Shane Hesting and Dennis Biswell show you how to debone the animal after successfully field-dressing, skinning, and preparing to test for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Learn different approaches and techniques to fit your needs. This presentation is sponsored by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community

Available In:

Kansas, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Grit Stage

Continued Hand Stitching Leather Extended Workshop

At this extended workshop, participants receive a kit that includes the leather pieces to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch pouch, needles, artificial sinew, and instruction on how to sew the pouch together using three stitches. Dennis Biswell shares tips for creating patterns and templates. See and use different leatherworking tools, such as punches and a stitching pony, and hear hints and ideas for embellishing the kit (by adding stitches to the flap, a belt loop, a closure, and more). The goal of this two-and-a-half-hour session is to provide each participant enough time to finish a pouch.
Modern Homesteading Nature and Community Hands On

Available In:

Kansas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
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