38 episodes

Join host Daniel Howell as he explores making and learning traditional skills and crafts with topic experts. From foraging to blacksmithing, weaving to hide tanning, each episode contains guidance and tips for learning to make or do it yourself. Inspired by the survival, homesteading and handmade communities this podcast covers a variety of traditional knowledge for the person that is interested in practical self-reliance, rural skills and artisan craftsmanship. Operating on the belief that knowing how to 'do things' is one of the most underrated skills in modern life and that the joy of craftsmanship and providing for yourself is rapidly becoming lost, each topic is presented in a way to provide you with the necessary information needed to get started now and make something useful in your life! Learn to make what you need, understand how things work, and imbue your life with the self satisfaction that comes from working with your hands! Homesteading, self-sufficiency, primitive technology, traditional knowledge, ancestral skills. . . Folk crafts. These are my passions, lets share them together.

Folk Craft Revival Daniel Howell

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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Join host Daniel Howell as he explores making and learning traditional skills and crafts with topic experts. From foraging to blacksmithing, weaving to hide tanning, each episode contains guidance and tips for learning to make or do it yourself. Inspired by the survival, homesteading and handmade communities this podcast covers a variety of traditional knowledge for the person that is interested in practical self-reliance, rural skills and artisan craftsmanship. Operating on the belief that knowing how to 'do things' is one of the most underrated skills in modern life and that the joy of craftsmanship and providing for yourself is rapidly becoming lost, each topic is presented in a way to provide you with the necessary information needed to get started now and make something useful in your life! Learn to make what you need, understand how things work, and imbue your life with the self satisfaction that comes from working with your hands! Homesteading, self-sufficiency, primitive technology, traditional knowledge, ancestral skills. . . Folk crafts. These are my passions, lets share them together.

    Carving and Whittling with Brian Carver

    Carving and Whittling with Brian Carver

     #038. -- The ability to shape wood with a knife is one of the most elemental skills to have, and plays at least a minor role in the vast majority of other crafts. Sadly, knife skills in general seem to be in decline. . . Though that's something we encourage around here!

    Brian, from the Carving is Fun channel on Youtube, helps educate and get folks involved in carving and came on the podcast to chat about carving, whittling, tips, techniques, and suggestions.  I found this interesting because I've never attempted to whittle small 3D objects (what I classically think of when I think of whittling). Hope you learn something from our conversation! 

    Links resources mentioned in this episode can be found over at:
    folkcraftrevival.com/38  

    • 47 min
    Bone: Understanding the Material, it's Uses and History with David Constantine

    Bone: Understanding the Material, it's Uses and History with David Constantine

      #037. -- In the craft world of the modern age, bone seems to be a rather neglected raw material that is rarely used for much of anything. But that was not always so, and fortunately Dave was willing to come on the podcast and share a little bit of his experience and insight on the craft of working with bones and antlers.

    Dave is a re-enactor of the early medieval period and a bone crafter who specializes in replicating artifacts of that time period. We chat about the history, archaeology, artifacts, methodology, and manufacture of bone implements. Overall, I found this to be a very fascinating and informative conversation, hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did!

    I also hope we can change our perspective on how bone was used historically, and garner some ideas on what we can make with it now!

    Links resources mentioned in this episode can be found over at:
    folkcraftrevival.com/37  

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Wool & Spinning with Josefin Waltin

    Wool & Spinning with Josefin Waltin

     #036. -- How many of you have ever knitted your own garments from wool you processed and spun yourself? Just the thought intimidates me.... and also draws me in wanting to learn more!

    In one of Josefin Waltin's Youtube videos she shows just that - and since her channel and website showcase a variety of other wool processing and spinning content I reached out to see if she would be willing to talk to us about spinning. We cover a bit about processing wool, the time involved in spinning, necessary tools and how this can be done just about anywhere, experiments with flax and other plant fibers, choosing interesting raw materials over easy to spin fleeces, and more.

    Something I've been dwelling on was her comments about intentionally using the least mechanized process for her craft and how she thinks that's the easiest way to learn. Agree? Disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts about this!

    Links to Josefin's website, channel, and resources mentioned can be found over at:
    folkcraftrevival.com/36 

    • 1 hr
    Explanation (& Ramblings....)

    Explanation (& Ramblings....)

    #035. The Folk Craft Revival podcast is back!!!!

    If you can't tell, I'm excited! I've really missed putting together this podcast -- chatting with guests and getting to know some individuals involved in heritage skills and retaining and reviving the knowledge that was once fairly common. Hopefully you've missed it as much as I have! While I'm looking forward to where things are going moving forward I also wanted to give a little bit of an explanation into why I shut the podcast down for the last year.
    ..... that took about 3 minutes and then you get to put up with me rambling and updating ya'll with some of the projects I've been up to in the last couple months. :)

    Shoot me an email if you know of anyone who would be interesting to talk with so we can keep this thing going strong!

    Episode webpage will be:
    folkcraftrevival.com/35

    • 23 min
    Finding Color on Your Local Landscape with Scott Sutton (The Pigment Hunter)

    Finding Color on Your Local Landscape with Scott Sutton (The Pigment Hunter)

    #034. -- Scott Sutton (aka The Pigment Hunter) joins us to chat about the art of finding color on our local landscape. We discuss how he got involved with making paints and sourcing pigments, his philosophy on sourcing materials and minimizing his personal environmental impact, some of the base methods and tools used to source pigments and process them for paints, and where beginners like you and I should start. 

    Big thanks to Janey Chang for suggesting I chat with Scott!

    Links to resources mentioned can be found over at:
    folkcraftrevival.com/34

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Foraging, Homesteading and Self Reliance with Jesscy Dean

    Foraging, Homesteading and Self Reliance with Jesscy Dean

    #033. This week I’m chatting with Jesscy Dean (aka The Wild Homesteader) about foraging, food preservation, sourcing your own food, and old skills like that in general! Food seems to be the theme of this conversation, and why not? It is THE fundamental skill set that!
    While a lot of our conversation revolves around food, Jesscy is involved in a number of other crafts and we talk about her felting, hide tanning, and general ethos of self reliance as well.


    Links to resources mentioned can be found at:

    folkcraftrevival.com/33

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

laurencreature ,

As a taxidermist, I appreciate this Podcast

Wonderful podcast. If you’re looking for a hobby, this might be a good place to start especially you’re looking for something a little more unique.

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