George Hedgepeth has been passionately interested in wilderness living, primitive culture and skills, and useful plants since he was a child. His family in Michigan and Alabama taught him about chasing fish and picking wild greens and blackberries. He read authors like Jean George, Scott O'Dell, and others voraciously, and spent as much time as he could developing the skills he found in their books. This spurred him to develop his abiities further, and in 1992 he started the Great Lakes Primitives, a group that focused on pre-iron technologies. He moved to California in 2015.
- Atlatl and dart making and use