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As I blogged twice already, I attended Becoming an Outdoor Woman’s (BOW) ‘BOW in the SNOW’ workshop February 1-3 near Tomahawk. The weekend was filled with classes and outdoor experiences. I had too much to share for two blogs so here’s Part III.

For the first time in my BOW experience I attended an indoor class: pine needle basket making taught by Florida BOW instructor Suzanne Niemann. Most of us were surprised at the smooth, tight construction of the baskets.

To achieve this we learned to use ‘gauges’ made of lengths of cut drinking straws. Some people use copper gauges. We fed long pine needles commonly found in Florida through the gauge (average pine needle length for making baskets is six inches or longer), building the basket by coiling and stitching to the previous coil with unsplit artificial sinew.

I also attended the air gun class, my last workshop of the weekend. Many of us were surprised to learn about the high-power air guns available, using .357 caliber air rifle bullets.

We used lever and pump air guns, and break barrel air rifles for indoor target practice after receiving instruction in gun safety, air gun history (Lewis and Clark devised an air gun), interesting facts (air gun shooting is an Olympic sport, air guns are used for big game hunting especially in Europe, the military uses air guns …), and gun and ammunition types.

Well, I need to wrap up what has become my BOW blog series.

I learned so much.

Plus I met fellow-participants with diverse backgrounds: farmers, professors, artisans, teachers, homemakers, museum professionals, freelancers, business owners, marketing professionals, and professional and amateur sportswomen — many attending alone or with sisters, sisters-in-law, mothers and daughters, cousins, co-workers, and friends.

Maybe I’ll see you at a BOW event sometime!

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