Field Testing

DSC_0167Field testing the nearly finished rucksack.  It still needs a few closures and bits but is essentially as finished as anything I make.  It’s poorly packed for a quick hike and not very full.  More pictures to follow when I get some time off to tramp around with it.


Features: Heavy, waxed canvas truck tarp with 10-12 oz leather straps and all brass hardware.  It has an axe sleeve, two long, exterior pockets, small flap pocket, two narrow pen-type sleeves, interior valuables pocket, compression D-rings on sides, D rings for shelter roll, and loops for carabiners.


All hand saddle-stitched and riveted at stress points.  I’ll put up a sketch of the pattern for anyone interested.


About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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7 Responses to Field Testing

  1. deryk says:

    Looks good! How did it feel on your back?

  2. Would like to see a sketch of the pattern. We make canvas tents, and a bed roll called an Australian swag ( and are looking for good designs for canvas bags.

  3. David Griffith says:

    Did you post a sketch/pattern of this ruck?
    Thanks, “Sarah’s Dad”

  4. David Griffith says:

    I understand, if you do sketch it up or make the dimensions available let me know. A ruck build is moving up on my list.
    Many thanks.

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