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archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly

The Carcajou

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Originally posted on Retrorambling:
Early version of The Carcajou with center-hinged hood. Photos courtesy GM Heritage Center. You may, as many have, once wondered what you would do if you owned a car company. If you were Paul Seiler, president…

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Eight Foot Terrapin

Not terribly far from the Paleotool secret lair there toils a designer and builder of unique, hand-built, small campers.  Inspired by the lack of uniqueness and beauty in mass-produced campers, Peter Pavlowich put his Wood Construction and Design degree to … Continue reading

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No Tools to Lend

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
No Tools to Lend These words, inscribed on the door of a farmer’s tool house, recently caught our eye, and furnished a ready theme for meditation. Borrowing is an ancient and evil custom, the…

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Maya Pedal, upcycling bicycles in Guatemala

An excellent project and a good cause. From the Makers: In 1997, in San Andrés Itzapa in Guatemala, Maya Pedal Association began recycling scraps of bicycles into Bicimáquinas. Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered blenders, washing machines and threshing machines, eliminating the need … Continue reading

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Morning Walk

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Campaign Desk

Here’s an interesting piece of “gone native” campaign furniture.  There was much bad about empire building (and still is) but the bringing together of foreign cultures often created new and interesting art and craft styles. While on the topic, if … Continue reading

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Early Home Built Camper

From the Road to Glamperland Facebook page.   A very interesting all or mostly wooden home built camper trailer.  It has two simple slide-outs, a nice little kitchen set-up and I suspect the benches fold out to be the bed.  I … Continue reading

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Sweet Ride

Originally posted on Retrorambling:
1932 Graham-Paige Blue Streak Coupe with Curtis Aerocar Land Yacht caravan trailer – Image found on Facebook Imagine hitting the road in this magic ride to day. You’d be the King on any camping ground wherever…

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Cargo Trailer Conversion

A cool conversion I saw on Tiny House America: Virtually everything folds away and you still have a cargo trailer when needed.  This was my initial plan before building the vardo but, well, you-know, one thing led to another, the … Continue reading

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Leather Dopp Kit

A small toiletries bag made from a wax-impregnated leather.  The design is essentially that of a very small 18th century portmanteau.  Included here are some of the basic tools-of-the-trade for scale and perspective.  I think leather work is appealing to … Continue reading

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