Author Archives: George Crawford

About George Crawford

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

Pack Basket

In a fit of energy I got around to putting proper and better shoulder straps on my pack basket made last summer.  The pack is willow and the leather work is approximately 10 oz. Hermann Oak harness leather. Once the … Continue reading

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Walks to Office

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
Leo to Capricornus Notwithstanding the noise, dirt, and discomforts of London, there are thousands of its population who prefer it to all other places. We have known some of these town-worshippers: when, after much…

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Horace Kephart Days: The Revival of Classic Camping

Originally posted on Survival Sherpa:
Guest post by Kevin Bowen First off, I must thank Todd Walker for the opportunity to write this piece for his blog. He really wanted to attend Kephart Days this year but an even more…

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Why Not?

Just why the hell not?

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Camp Stoves: Optimus 80

Continuing on with the theme of admiration for the classic camp stoves, here is a visual overview of the Optimus 80 / Svea 71.  No, they are not exactly the same, but are very close and share virtually all the … Continue reading

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Salmon Fishing the Old Fashioned Way

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

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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 … Continue reading

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