2021 One-Day Skillshare

Reeds & Roots One-Day Skillshare

Saturday, September 4, 2021
Blakeslee Log Cabin
441 Seven Hills Rd
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Join us in Ashtabula County for a full day of FREE earthskills workshops!!
(Cash donations appreciated at the event)
Earthskills teach how to live sustainably and closer to the land – nature skills, healing arts, activism, and living in harmony with other humans and the earth are major themes
Read more about us here


Do you have an earthskill to share? We are still taking applications to teach. Click here to apply!

This list is subject to change and more will be added soon:

  1. Wild Mushroom Identification, Don King
    Learn how to find and identify the many mushrooms species that grow wild in Ohio.
  2. Beginning Hand Spinning, Gaille Ruhl
    Basics of hand spinning with & without a drop spindle.
  3. How to Make Salves, Ointments and Balms, Lynn Abbey- Zukowski
    Learn how to infuse oils and turn them into healing salves, ointments & balms. We will talk about using vegetable oils and butters or traditional animal fats as well as use of either beeswax or vegetable waxes. There will be information about topical uses of common herbs. We will include brief demonstrations and a handout with DIY recipes to try, so you will be ready to go home and try it on your own.
  4. Intro to fly tying – tying your first fly, Jim Owens
    Learn all about the basics of fly tying. The difference between the types of flies , materials you need to tie good quality flies that catch fish and where to get them – what makes an attractive fly to the different species of fish, and for the $2 cost of materials tie your first fly.
  5. Mythical Mushrooms: The Legends and Lore of the Forest Floor, Cecilia Li
    Join me for storytime! Journey through fungi-inspired folkloric legends from around the world and throughout time. Hear indigenous tales from across North and South America, ancient Chinese and Japanese myths, West African stories on the origin of different fungi, and more!
  6. Night Skies, no teacher – volunteer your knowledge!
    Take a look through a telescope to see stars and the moon.
  7. Using herbs and plants from your yard, Donna Devadoss
    How to find and use herbs and plants.

Blakeslee Log Cabin

Thanks to the Ashtabula County Historical Society for their sponsorship and use of Blakeslee Log Cabin! We’re excited to try out this new venue, featuring an historical log cabin, barn, small spring house, outdoor kitchen pavilion, and more! We encourage all attendees and teachers to make a donation or join the historical society today! Learn more about the 1810 log cabin here!

Conveniently located just off Rt 11 on Seven Hills Rd, very near I-90. Click here for the map point.

Food – Camping – Water – First Aid

Please bring all your own food. We do not have food vendors at this event. We also do not have use of a kitchen or fridge – you will need to bring all equipment needed for any food prep / storage that happens on-site. Those who do bring cooking equipment will be encouraged to share.

The closest town is Ashtabula, only a 5 minute drive away. Ashtabula has restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.

Please bring your own drinking water. This site does not have any running water.

We will have regular porta-potties and handwashing water available for use. There are no bathing or swimming facilities.

We are welcome to camp on the grounds of Blakeslee Log Cabin both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept 3 and 4). There are no sleeping quarters or camping accommodations – all campers must bring all their own gear.

There IS electric in several of the buildings – if you need it, bring an extension cord and contact us with any questions.

There IS cell reception.

Prepare to be outside the whole time you are with us. Please check the weather to plan accordingly.

At past events, we’ve had wonderful medic volunteers for First Aid needs – this event does NOT have such accommodations. Please bring all your own first aid supplies.

Several of our awesome teachers will be vending – bring cash for the vending booths.

What NOT to Bring



Pets – are highly discouraged but not prohibited

Illegal substances

THANK YOU to our Sponsor!