Salmon Fishing the Old Fashioned Way

Salmon fishing in Scotland romanticized by R.R. McIan, mid-19th century.

Spearing Salmon

Spearing Salmon

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Camp Stoves: Optimus 8R

Just some eye candy of the Optimus 8R.  Battered, grungy, and well-used, much like it’s owner.  I really wanted one of these back in the mid-1980s.  Since I was bumming around and using air travel, I went to a butane cartridge stove instead.  For those interested in the early history of the liquid fuel camping stove, have a look HERE.

Svea 123.  Click for more information on liquid stoves.

Svea 123. Click for more information on liquid fuel stoves.


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Still the World’s Oldest Shoe

George Crawford:

Just an amazing center seam moccasin-style shoe from Armenia. Check out the links.

Originally posted on The Reverend's Big Blog of Leather:

I’ve mentioned this one before, back in 2010. It’s back, now with photographs. This is an updated version of Kate Ravilious’ earlier National Pornograhic article, ‘World’s Oldest Leather Shoe Found—Stunningly Preserved‘ from Dr Kaveh Farrokh’s blog.

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Rules of Conduct and Thoughts on Self-Education

Thomas Jefferson wrote reams of good advice, important political philosophy, the Declaration of Independence, and many other things (which is why we know so much about him).  To some of his younger relations he sent his favorite “rules of conduct” to try and make people he cared for better and more insightful humans.  Here is a facsimile of the ten point “rules” with a slightly different version spelled out below.

Thomas Jefferson's Advice.

Thomas Jefferson’s Advice.

  1. Never put off to tomorrow what you can do to-day.
  2. Never trouble another with what you can do yourself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
  4. Never buy a thing you do not want, because it is cheap, it will be dear to you.
  5. Take care of your cents: Dollars will take care of themselves.
  6. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  7. We never repent of having eat too little.
  8. Nothing is troublesome that one does willingly.
  9. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
  10. Take things always by their smooth handle.
  11. Think as you please, and so let others, and you will have no disputes.
  12. When angry, count 10 before you speak; if very angry, 100.

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Charles Peale, 1791.

Jefferson was steeped in classical philosophy and was a great thinker in his own right.  If we all could live by these rules the world would be a better place.

And finally, while providing an outline for his daughters’ education he suggested while he was away on business:

With respect to the distribution of your time, the following is what I should approve:
From 8. to 10. o’clock practise music.
From 10. to 1. dance one day and draw another.
From 1. to 2. draw on the day you dance, and write a letter next day.
From 3. to 4. read French.
From 4. to 5. exercise yourself in music.
From 5. till bedtime, read English, write, &c.

..I expect you will write me by every post. Inform me what books you read, what tunes you learn, and inclose me your best copy of every lesson in drawing. Write also one letter a week either to your Aunt Eppes, your Aunt Skipworth, your Aunt Carr, or the little lady from whom I now enclose a letter. . . . Take care that you never spell a word wrong.  Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelt, and, if you do not remember it, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well…

If you love me, then strive to be good under every situation and to all living creatures, and to acquire those accomplishments which I have put in your power, and which will go far towards ensuring you the warmest love of your affectionate father,

Th. Jefferson

He was known, like most of us, a far-from-perfect father but his advice was sound.  Three hours of music per day, be good to all living creatures, draw, dance, and read.  If we should all be so lucky.

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Tools of the Bowyer

I have been working on a bow-making tutorial for quite a long time now.  Trying to be as explicit as possible while not dumbing everything down is a tricky narrative to follow.  Just gathering the appropriate images of the process is time-consuming and difficult but truly, a good image is worth a thousand words.


The basic hand tools used on bow making.


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Archery, Art, and Mythology

Artemis, Jules Joseph Lefebvre - 18

Artemis, Jules Joseph Lefebvre.

Happy archery Sunday.  Diana on a rock with bow, arrows, quiver, and very little else.  More posts about ARCHERY here.

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Life, Destruction, and Incidental Use


Every creature, large and small deserves a chance to survive. As a species, we can  do better than this.

“A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man. Can he who has discovered only some of the values of whalebone and whale oil be said to have discovered the true use of the whale? Can he who slays the elephant for his ivory be said to have “seen the elephant”? These are petty and accidental uses; just as if a stronger race were to kill us in order to make buttons and flageolets of our bones; for everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”

From: The Maine Woods, Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau

This particular quote seems appropriate for my personal new year resolution of extreme conscientiousness in all consumption.  I am far from perfect but nothing should needlessly suffer on my account; especially for luxury and comfort.


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