Campout offers primitive skills

Published 6:25 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

State and national parks across the United States celebrated the Great American Backyard Campout last weekend. High Bridge Trail State Park joined in the celebration by welcoming Al Lookofsky to teach lessons on primitive tools, including how to use them.

Park guests participated in a discussion about rope, fire and weaponry. Participants were invited to throw spears at a target in the spirit of an ancient hunter chasing a woolly mammoth.

Lookofsky taught the arts of spear throwing, weaving rope from leaves, creating fire from natural materials and carving knifes from rocks.

Campers and visitors enjoyed learning new skills and trying their hands at the ancient crafts.

CARSON REEHER Jayne Fanshaw looks at a basket that Lookofsky made using primitive techniques.

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Jayne Fanshaw looks at a basket that Lookofsky made using primitive techniques.

CARSON REEHER Many examples of primitive tools were shared during the event.

CARSON REEHER
Many examples of primitive tools were shared during the event.

CARSON REEHER Clint Shettle launches a spear, attempting to hit the target several feet away.

CARSON REEHER
Clint Shettle launches a spear, attempting to hit the target several feet away.

CARSON REEHER From left, Jonathan and Asa Shettle examine some of the tools that Lookofsky brought to share.

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From left, Jonathan and Asa Shettle examine some of the tools that Lookofsky brought to share.

CARSON REEHER Al Lookofsky demonstrates how to create fire using natural materials at the Great American Backyard Campout.

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Al Lookofsky demonstrates how to create fire using natural materials at the Great American Backyard Campout.

CARSON REEHER From left, Ann Ligon and Woody Ligon listen as Lookofsky talks about making tools.

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From left, Ann Ligon and Woody Ligon listen as Lookofsky talks about making tools.