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Bushcrafter Spring Gathering kicks off month of events at Lumberman's Monument

Dec 25, 2023Dec 25, 2023

OSCODA – Bushcrafters, campers and outdoor enthusiasts met up for a full day of activities at the Michigan Bushcrafter Spring Gathering held at Lumberman's Monument on Saturday, May 6.

Attendees participated in presentations on fire starting, making a story belt and making leather belts, to name a few.

In the morning, television personality Brooke Whipple gave a presentation on her process of making a story belt.

Event co-organizer Tim Parsell said approximately 75 people attended the event, with some coming from as far away as Alaska to see Whipple who was a contestant on Seasons 4 and 5 of the show Alone.

The annual Spring Gathering started in 2018, was held in 2019, took a two-year hiatus and returned in 2022.

During the last event of the day, a belt making workshop, participants received everything they needed to make a leather belt including a freshly cut piece of leather, buckle and hardware. Parsell tries to source all of his materials from companies in the United States, however, he has not found a supplier for the hardware in the U.S.

In the hands-on workshop, participants were shown how to make their belt and did the assembly themselves. The $30 fee included the leather, buckle and hardware. For those who missed the workshop, Parsell has a YouTube video on how to make a belt. Additional information about Parsell, the products he offers and the link to his YouTube channel can be found on his website

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