Biographical Summary: James Clinkscales, EarthSkills Guest Instructor.
James Clinkscales started learning primitive skills at an early age, cutting teepee poles for his family’s lodge on multi-week camping trips, where they would forage along the ocean and woods for food, crafts, and medicine. He has been teaching a variety of skills, including flintknapping, cordage, basketry, atlatl crafting and throwing, archery and arrow making, trapping, fire by friction, natural glue making and more for over 35 years. He teaches scouts, school groups, at earthskills gatherings and more.
James owns a homestead farm outside of Greenville, South Carolina where he practices modern permaculture techniques, including mushroom log cultivation, beekeeping, chicken and goat farming, gardening, and making mead. Adventures in his whitewater kayak and explorations for ancient artifacts are a few of his varied passions. He created his business, Modern Primitive Life, to kindle the fires of inspiration and share ancestral knowledge in this time when it is needed more than ever.