RISD Digital + Media Survival Training

This past weekend we hosted the RISD : Digital + Media graduate students. It was an honor to share a camp with so many talented artists. We had a blast teaching them about survival and spending an overnight together in the New England Woods. They all did a fantastic job. On top of that they did … Continue reading RISD Digital + Media Survival Training

Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga

Journal Notes:  A fungus that is parasitic on birch and other trees, known for its medicinal properties. The sterile conk is irregular in shape and looks like burnt charcoal. This isn’t the fruiting part of the fungus but a mass of mycelium (vegetative matter). The fruiting body will usually appear after the tree is dead. It … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga

Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months

Journal Notes:  Birch sap can be collected in a similar manner to Maple sap, except about a month later and it usually only flows for about a month. The sap also needs to be gathered about three times more often than maple sap. The Sweet Birch has a smooth bark with distinct horizontal lines. In … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months

Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

In my last post I mentioned the founder of Providence, Roger Williams. However he was not the first European to settle in Rhode Island.  That title belongs to Rev. William Blaxton. William Blaxton was an Anglican Priest who was frustrated with the established Church of England. This resulted in him leaving England and serving as … Continue reading Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer

Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Many people think of pre-colonial New England as an “untouched” wilderness; however the various Native American people who lived here were excellent farmers and land managers. Primary sources tell us, when the first Europeans began to arrive, they found acres upon acres of land cleared for agricultural purposes and paths through the woods, which were routinely … Continue reading Woods of the Past #1 – Intro