Black Swamp Fall 2023 Bushcraft Gathering

November 2-5th 2023 (Arrival starts Noon on the 2nd)

Location: Bluffton, OH

A working bushcraft and experimental archeology event where we build structures and simple machines to learn the techniques our ancestors used to not only survive but thrive in a primitive world.

The skills we learn together at the Black Swamp Gatherings will give us a leg up if we ever happen to find ourselves in a survival situation.

What you can see and do:

  • Primitive Woodland Camping (Hammock Friendly)
  • Outdoor Skills Workshops – we’ll be building multiple projects throughout the gathering.
  • Campfire Socializing – Wind down each night with a fire and conversation.
  • Trade / Barter Blanket – Bring your unwanted outdoor gear for trade and barter.

Black Swamp Gathering 2023 Projects:

  • Viking House Improvements – the Viking House needs a roof.
  • Bushcraft Meat Smoker – A multi-tear smoker using materials the landscape provides.
  • The “All Night Fire” Lay – Based on a promising technique seen online, we’ll put this method to the test in the hopes to create a fire that burns throughout the night without maintenance.


Attendance is free, but we’re accepting donations for tools, supplies, and camp maintenance.

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