Prairie Sportsman: Chaga and Blacksmithing to Heal

Mike Kempenich, the Gentleman Forager, goes on a wintry quest in northern Minnesota. He’s searching for the rare and medicinal chaga mushroom, found on just one in every 10,000 birch trees. The segment delves into chaga’s fascinating history and health benefits while uncovering the art of foraging for this elusive fungus.

Blacksmith Scott Wendt handcrafts unique, one-of-a-kind knives. After battling a life-threatening illness, Wendt turned to blacksmithing to regain his strength and find a sense of purpose. He initially made S-hooks, then shifted to crafting knives, which take about seven to 10 days to complete.

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