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 … Continue reading Making a Pack Basket

A Nice Pack Basket

If you know me at all you know that I am interested in pack baskets.  Because of this, they catch my eye when I’m browsing historic images.  I could find no information whatsoever about this one.  I suspect maybe Tibet in the early 20th century?  Pack baskets have been underrated in the west.  I’m glad … Continue reading A Nice Pack Basket

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 leather ages a bit they will be beautiful and rustic-looking.

Willow Pack Baskets!

Bridgette and I worked on some willow basketry last week at the Echoes in Time gathering in Champoeg, Oregon.  We spent the week with our friend Mick and his family with his fantastic vardo. I have wanted a new pack basket for quite a while and the great Oregon basketmakers provided some excellent materials for … Continue reading Willow Pack Baskets!

Japanese Pack Frame

And an interesting basket. Pack frames are nearly universal historically as most cultures encounter the drudgery of carrying heavy loads over long distances.  I am always searching for historic images to delve into to look for inspiration.  Here is a nifty pack frame from the early 20th century of a charcoal maker from Japan.  The … Continue reading Japanese Pack Frame

Pack Box

Continuing my search for backpacks and rucksacks throughout history, I keep coming across various types of boxes and baskets strapped to people’s backs.  While querying the web today for variations of the Asian pack box, I saw this nifty solution.  Cheap, easy to construct and extremely functional. I can imagine this as an excellent platform … Continue reading Pack Box

Woven Backpacks – Design Rooted in History and Tradition

Originally posted on 74 FOOTWEAR DESIGN CONSULTING:
Its fair to say that my personal interest in woven Mexican Huarache footwear extends to everything woven. As far as I know despite all the technological advances in history, woven Huaraches just like woven baskets cannot be made by machine and have to be made by hand. In someways…

Interior with Fisherwives

I spend far too much time sifting through on-line art galleries and images.  We have unprecedented access to these things as never before in history.  I recommend, for your sanity, take a little time to use these resources and exit from the world of sensational news and other half-cocked garbage spewed out by the electronic … Continue reading Interior with Fisherwives

Primitive (but useful) Sewing Kit

Sewing I do quite a bit of sewing and I feel it is an essential skill for nearly everyone.  My sewing includes new buckskin trousers, cotton shirts, shoes, a few leather bags, backpacks, and repairs to clothes to name just a few projects.  All this has caused me to think about sewing without manufactured goods. … Continue reading Primitive (but useful) Sewing Kit

Making Modern Spearthrower Darts (Atlatl)

Power Tools and Preindustrial Technology Recently, I realized I needed to make a new batch of darts (spears) for an annual atlatl event at Blackwater Draw.  This is a recurring problem when teaching large groups, so several years ago I came up with a system that works well for mass producing these Ice-Age weapons with … Continue reading Making Modern Spearthrower Darts (Atlatl)

Handcrafts

Some craftsmanship seen at Winter Count 2014.  Moving a little closer to a hand-made life, one skill at a time. Hand made pottery made by artisans who collect the raw clays, slips, and paints make for greatly loved cookware and cups.  Wood turned on a foot-powered lathe from cleared alder trees make for intimate dinnerware. … Continue reading Handcrafts

Ultra Minimalists, Part 2

For the Ultra Minimalists, Part 1, click here. Some Historic Minimalists – tried and true formulas for survival Roman Legionary – Let’s go back to the beginning of the modern military.  As militaries go, Rome had a pretty successful run.  After their first couple centuries being beaten up by the Celts they certainly learned a … Continue reading Ultra Minimalists, Part 2