Information on workshops and demonstrations from Charlie Cracker

Charlie CrackerCurrently offering workshops in Flute Making, Dyeing Fabric With Native Florida Plants and Early Camplife and Cooking.

See the Hoe Cakes page for more information on cookery and to get your copy of the cookbook "Hoe Cakes, Pot Likker and Other Cracker Cuisine" featuring over a dozen original drawings by Charlie Cracker

HOE CAKES and CORN PROCESSING

Jimmy cracked corn and I don't care

For thousands of years, corn has been a staple food source of people through-out the Americas. Learn how corn was processed and some of the ways it was used by early Settlers. Watch as the corn is cracked, sifted and turned into food for live-stock as well as humans and then taste the finished product, HOE CAKES!

FOR THE NEXT WORSHOP or TO SCHEDULE ONE AT YOUR LOCATION CONTACT mecharliecracker@yahoo.com

FLUTE MAKING

Older than recorded history, flutes echo the sounds of the ages.

I began making flutes in the late 1980's. After working and traveling with a flutemaker for a couple of years, I came to realize that there were a lot of people who were interested in how the flute worked and how it was made, so I started giving demonstrations at events. This led to several flute making workshops for the Florida Artist Blacksmith Assoc at their yearly conference. The flute is a very old instrument and the tools I use, fire, steel and wind, were much the same used by the blacksmith throughout history. At a Charlie Cracker Flute Making Workshop we will discus origins and history of the flute as well as materials and tools. I take the class through the whole process, from acquiring and preparing the raw materials to tool making and the tuning and finishing process. This is a hands-on workshop and the student should leave with a working knowledge of flute making as well as a finished product.

FOR THE NEXT WORSHOP or TO SCHEDULE ONE AT YOUR LOCATION CONTACT mecharliecracker@yahoo.com

Dyeing Fabric With Native Florida Plants

Early settlers in Florida had to rely on available materials to color the homespun cloth they used. Luckily, this area abounds with native flora that is well suited to the task! The conquistidors may have been in search of gold or the fountain of youth, but what they first noticed were the bright colors worn by even the common workers of the native population. Red was a color reserved for royalty in Europe, but here the natives wore it for everyday wear. Amazingly, it was obtained from a small bug living on a cactus native to the area! At a Charlie Cracker 'Dyeing With Native Florida Plants Workshop', you will learn more about this bug, the plant it lives on and about many of the plants we now call weeds, but that the early settlers and natives used for many other things, including food. Identification of certain plants as well as the chemicals and salts used in the dye process will be discussed. Also, a hands-on demonstration using locally harvested plants and readily available chemicals will be conducted. You will leave with a working knowledge of plant dyeing, including the materials, chemicals and process used to color natural fabric.

FOR THE NEXT WORSHOP or TO SCHEDULE ONE AT YOUR LOCATION CONTACT mecharliecracker@yahoo.com

Booking

Charlie Cracker is currently booking events in the S.E. U.S.A. If you are interested in having a historical demonstration of early Florida camplife, flutemaking and/or a musical performance of all original material at your event or venue, please contact:

mecharliecracker@yahoo.com

Be sure to check the 'Media' section for links to videos, mp3's and more information.

Charlie Cracker performing at Alafia 2013

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