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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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, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

Hands on Hand Stitching Leather

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 Workshops
North Carolina, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On Workshops
Oregon, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

Extended Surviving 7 Springs

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 8:00-11:00 a.m., Hands-On 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, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined