Bird Traps

I’ve been researching more ethnographic data for trapping techniques to get beyond the same handful we have all seen since our Scouting days; the Paiute, Figure-4, spring snares, etc.  While not looking at all I came across this interesting image from the archives of the Smithsonian from 17th century Italy.  The more I research, the […]

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Making a Pack Basket

From one of my new favorite blogs Running With Sheep.  Johan and Sanne are a couple of remarkable outdoors – bushcraft – survival enthusiasts with more than a touch of philosophy thrown in. Their most recent project shows how to convert a run-of-the-mill thrift store find into a functional pack basket.  From what I can […]

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The Lads O The Fair

I found this video over at the Scotianostra Tumblr so thought I’d add a bit to it.  The Battlefield Band has been part of my life for decades.  I particularly appreciated their sentiment of “Home is where the Van is…” Happy Birthday local Bairn, Brian McNeill born on April 6th 1950 in Falkirk. Brian was […]

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Exploring Old Caravan Images

There are quite a few images from the Golden Age of the Gypsy Caravan* floating around the web, many without appellation.  Still, they have much to offer the potential traveler or yearning nomad today. I quite like seeing the nearly universal items one needs for living on the move such as the folding tables, water […]

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Wooden Mug, the end is in sight

Finally, after stepping away from this little project for two months, I’m nearly finished with this wooden noggin cup. I set it down in despair early on when the block started to check along the radial grain. Luckily though, storing it in a moist bag seems to have saved the project and I was able […]

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‘We’re All Frauds’

Originally posted on Lost Art Press:
The book that became “Chairmaker’s Notebook” began as a chat with chairmakers Peter Galbert and Curtis Buchanan. We made a plan to produce a video of Curtis building a chair that would be accompanied by a pamphlet from Peter illustrating the construction details. In the end, Curtis’s detailed videos…

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Spring Overnighter Gear

Originally posted on Running with Sheep:
Spring is here – Hurray for lighter packs! This is what we bring on a light overnighter. Sleepsystem Thermarest Neoair Sleeping matt Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Not pictured: Nomad Sleepingbag, wool blankets and shelter Around the camp The Bushcraft Journal Candle Bankline Firekit Firesteel Fatwood Tobacco tin, containing:…

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Making a bow-drill fire

I was lucky to learn this method as a young Scout and have stayed proficient over the many years since.  To become truly skilled at this, I went through a period of making a coal every day with either this method or by hand drill.  I spent a couple days and nights out in the […]

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