‘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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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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Itinerant Blacksmiths

I don’t have much information about the image above but I like what it is depicting.  Mom working the bellows while Dad heats up something he’s working on while the kids all look on.  Like most travelers in Europe, these (probably Roma) don’t have fancy wagons or accommodations; just carts and some rough tents. We […]

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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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