Hipcampout Summer Series: Arts and Craftsmanship on the Coast

The third Hipcampout took place last weekend at the beautiful Jughandle Creek Farm in Caspar, CA, and we couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out!

We were lucky enough to have two world-class arts and crafts workshop leaders teaching us natural shibori dyeing and wood carving. The workshops not only allowed to us to bring a little piece of the weekend home with us—both emphasized environmentally sustainable craftsmanship and inspired creativity through connecting with the outdoors.

Shibori Dyeing

The shibori dyeing workshops were taught by Yoshiko Wada, the President of the World Shibori Network, and the founder of Slow Fiber Studios in Berkeley, CA. We learned how to naturally dye materials using a sustainable and organic indigo vat recipe Yoshiko made herself. The recipe uses organic, non-harmful reduction agents such as fructose, which can be made from organic matters collected from kitchen scraps which are high in antioxidants. At our workshop we used oyster shells and vegetable scraps from lunch!

Everyone was able to bring home a beautifully dyed scarf and bandana. Thanks Yoshiko for sharing your abundance of knowledge with the group and for making the workshop so informative and fun!

Yoshiko Wada, our incredible Natural Dye teacher @yoshiko_wada_

All organic and sustainable Indigo vat

Our work!

Wood Carving

The wood carving workshop was taught by Tonu Eagleton, a Polynesian master wood carver, environmental artist, and educator. Tonu encouraged all of us to think of a symbol that truly embodies who we are, and then we each carved that symbol into a redwood totem pole that we rose together before dinner on Saturday night. Collectively creating this piece of art was a extremely powerful experience and a lovely way to pay our respects to the land we were camping on.

Tonu’s work can be found throughout the Bay Area, including Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Zoo, Shoreline Amphitheater and Presidio National Park. He’s also designed and carved staged art for Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, and Peter Gabriel—which is by itself pretty rad! He has also dedicated a lot of time towards promoting sustainable practices regarding recycled wood and living trees. It’s safe to say that we felt extremely lucky to have him teaching us.

The setting of our wood carving workshop

Carving our symbols into the redwood totem pole

Practice makes perfect

Alyssa and Nick raising the totem pole!


Thanks again to our amazing sponsor Eddie Bauer, for making these weekend campouts possible. Remeber to follow @eddiebauer and #liveyouradventure for inspiration for your next outdoor adventure. In addition to their ongoing support through funding and resources, they’ve been generous enough to provide tents for any guest attending our summer campout events as well as hooking us all up with a special goodie bag filled with camping essentials. Thank you!

HUGE thanks to Luke’s Local for making some of the best camping food we’ve had in a long time! Based in San Francisco, they use all fresh and organic ingredients and support local farms whenever possible. If you want delicious food that’s good for your soul and delivered to your doorstep, check them out.

Thanks to Union Wine Co, Fort Point Beer, and Stumptown Coffee, we were drinking delicious beverages throughout the weekend.

Our sustainability partner, Klean Kanteen, gave every guest a bottle and cup so that we could easily stay hydrated and have vessels to drink out of. Thank you!

Farallons blew us all away with their incredible live performance around the bonfire on Jughandle Beach. Their music is gorgeous and we strongly encourage you to check them out.

Thanks to Lodge Cast Iron for the dutch ovens to cook with and to Coleman for providing the coolers to keep all of our drinks cold! Social Print Studio printed out good lookin’ schedules and the TCHO chocolate was enjoyed by all during a late night s’more session on Saturday night.

Eddie Bauer Olympic Dome 4-person tent glowing under the stars. @eddiebauer

Eddie Bauer beanies for all!

Thanks to Eddie Bauer and Klean Kanteen for the incredible gift bags!

Klean Kanteen bottles helping us stay hydrated @kleankanteen

Wining and dining with Union Wine Co. @unionwinecompany

Good morning! Luke’s Local spoiling us at breakfast @lukeslocalstore

Eat yo’ greens!

Potato grillin’!

Morning necessity @stumptowncoffee

Cold beer… @fortpointbeer

…warm food @lodgecastiron

And of course, chilled agua @colemanusa

All photos taken by Hipcamp photographers Nic Castellanos and Ezekiel Gonzalez. Here are a few more highlights:

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