I study prehistory with an emphasis in pre-industrial technology professionally; yes, I make a living doing this stuff. Furthermore, I have been an artisan and replicator of primitive tools for over three decades. These intertwined interests spill into every aspect of my life and I enjoy educating others, especially young people, about the survival skills and lifeways of our ancestors.
Labeling this as a career can be tough as it ranges from experimental archaeology to bushcraft and wilderness survival. I strongly believe in teaching through demonstration/observation as our predecessors did for millennia. This means active learning on the part of the student just as I have done my best to seek out and learn these skills over many years.
Teaching the old-ways to an upcoming generation of inquisitive minds offers an alternative to media-crazed consumer culture. Reality television has no place in this field. As I hope the blog shows, my deeper interests lie in archery, woodworking, leather work, and the esoteric crafts such as music and visual art. But my pursuits go far beyond these crafts.
I realized long ago that I was looking for more than a job or a hobby; I was seeking a handmade life.
This website shares many facets of what I do. Why would I do this? Because I remember feeling alone with these uncommon interests many years ago and it was difficult to find like-minded individuals with skills or interests in common. this space has allowed me to connect with others of similar interests around the world.
I created this blog as a place to share some projects, open discussions, and to document my build of the Vardo, my micro house My day job is archaeologist but maybe someday, when I grow up, I can earn my keep full-time as an artisan and teacher of pre-industrial technology.
Feel free to drop me a line in the comments section; I’m always open for discussion.