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Club crafts handmade spoons and ancient throwing tools

BYU-Idaho’s Outdoor Activities club hosted a spoon-making event Thursday, Dec. 9, and then followed it up the next night with atlatl-making. Its activities are open to all students in an attempt to help them stay active and recognize the natural beauty around the Rexburg area.

“It’s a great way to get a little out of your comfort zone in a safe environment,” said Chelsea Stephens, a student and guide for Outdoor Activities. “We help you build your skills and go outside and experience the world around us. I feel like no one really knows the magical things that are hidden in this gem of a state.”

For several hours, a dozen students sat around together, whittling away and casually conversing with one another. With two blades, one flat and one rounded, the wooden spoons slowly took form. These spoons would be handy to make when camping or backpacking, just one more skill on the students’ repertoires.

The final product: a wooden spoon whittled by Micaela Leavitt.
The final product: a wooden spoon whittled by Micaela Leavitt. Photo credit: Isaac Dixon

“I figured it’d be really cool,” said Gavin Keller, a sophomore studying accounting. “I know this is the Outdoor Recreational club, and now that I know what it is, I’m really interested in all of their activities.”

The next night, Friday, Dec. 10, the club got together again to fashion homemade atlatls. Atlatls are a simple throwing weapon invented by ancient civilizations and can be made using sticks and a custom tip.

Using a rounded knife, carves out the bowl of the spoon.
Using a rounded knife, Gavin Keller carves out the bowl of the spoon. Photo credit: Isaac Dixon

Outdoor Activities has hosted numerous other events over the past semester, such as horseback riding, airboarding and kayaking. Next semester, the club will continue hosting events leaning into more snow-based activities. Skiing, snowboarding and sledding are all on the schedule.

“They’re fun activities in themselves, and good knowledge,” said John Pettijohn, a student and guide for Outdoor Activities. “A lot of them are physically beneficial, like exercise and stuff, and that’s good for your mental health. These kind are fun because they’re social, so you meet a lot of people that are interested in the same things as you.”

The Outdoor Activities club gathers together to chat, listen to music and learn new skills.
The Outdoor Activities club gathers together to chat, listen to music and learn new skills. Photo credit: Isaac Dixon

The events put on by the Outdoor Activities club are open to all students and are regularly free or only a couple of dollars to register. The information and schedule can be found on the club’s webpage.

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