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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Not a House but a Home

What more do you need? Really? I love these simple homes. I suspect we, as a species, have spent much of our past in shelter little different than this. As an archaeologist, I can say that we actually discover relatively few “houses” on what are otherwise clear archaeological sites.  A dwelling like the lavvu above […]

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Primitive Fishing

My fishing kit is coming together and I added another hook and leader last night. The left hook and gorge are made from deer cannon bone (metacarpal) and the right is whitetail deer antler.  The antler hooks are proving to be tougher and less likely to snap under tension.  The leaders here are yucca and […]

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Monday Morning Music

Ballad in Eb for Banjo – Parke Hunter, 1876-1912 A truly unique and beautiful piece by an nearly forgotten American master.  Mel Bay Publishing has helped to keep some of these old tunes alive and in circulation.  This one comes from THE MEL BAY BANJO METHOD (5 STRING): Volume 1.  The book I started with […]

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Knife Sheath

I realize this isn’t the most exiting project of the year but a necessary one nonetheless.  My knife sheath for the “regular” camp knife was a sloppily done remake of the original.  The knife maker did an excellent job on the knife itself but the sheath wasn’t up to the standard of this fine tool. […]

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Cozy Camp

I made it out for a brief stay in the eastern Ozarks this week.  The rain and cold came back just in time for my outing making it a little less comfortable than it could have been but I still enjoyed the time out. I chose to stay fairly low-tech with the exception of a […]

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Swallowtail Jig

Since my playing time is very limited I’ve learned to connect with other musicians via the internet.  Having a great selection of “Play Along” tunes lined up on YouTube has really helped me out, especially when trying to keep up or understand variations in a tune.  There are so many great garage artists out there […]

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What is the Real Price?

Henry David Thoreau once wisely wrote that, “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” Or, in essence, that in the abstract economy in which we live that we pay for any goods or services […]

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Albannach – The Scotsmen

I’m a sucker for this music and it brings out a load of primal feelings for me.  Presenting Albannach, and I recommend setting your speakers to eleven and letting letting it pour over you.  Have a glass of something good and enjoy the upcoming weekend.

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Caligae – Boots of the Roman Army

It has taken me quite a while but I’m finally posting a bit about my caligae, the standard soldier’s shoe of the Roman Army.  Of course, the design changed somewhat over several centuries and as the army moved into different environments but the basic plan remained the same.  I have finally field tested these enough […]

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