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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Safety, above all…?

Just how important is safety in a happy and complete life? Don’t get me wrong.  I have known people with little regard for their own well-being, be it physical or otherwise.  Some of these are confirmed idiots.  Whether they are just non-thinking zombies or the overly entitled who expect someone else to look out for […]

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Enjoy the Ride; Happy Birthday Edward Abbey

Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride This is a re-post from last year.  However, I think the message is a strong one and worth think about again. Life is short.  If you’re fortunate enough to live with the means and privilege and food security, consider yourself lucky.  When I feel low or unhappy, I always […]

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Practicing Primitive Daily

Primitive is a loaded word for some people.  To me, it means simple and lacking industrial materials.  That’s not to say primitive cannot be complex or fine work; in fact, it’s often just the opposite.  Sometimes even, it involves recycling the detritus of the modern world, such as tire rubber for shoe soles. Looking at […]

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How to Improvise and Use a Three Stick Roycroft Pack Frame

Thanks to Survival Sherpa for posting this look at making a pack frame.  Making a quick, three stick pack frame is a valuable bit of knowledge.  How serendipitous that this came up (seems to be a lot of convergent thinking around my world lately) as I am beginning to tweak my own wooden pack frame […]

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More Classic Camp Gear from the American West

I have no information about this image as it was one of those random internet finds.  The gear looks to be from about the turn of the 19th-20th Century and supplies the basics for an American or Canadian outdoorsman.  This would all apply to Mexico as well but as it’s not written in Spanish I […]

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Bender Tent

A Traveller’s (sic) Tuesday.  Just a glimpse into life in a bender tent.  Despite the glamorous view of life on the road depicted by the romantic English Gypsy Caravans, this is how most Roma lived in 19th Century Britain. Gypsies, Camped on the Beach, near South Shields, Ralph Hedley Charlton, painted 1876. Advertisements

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Horace Kephart Days: The Revival of Classic Camping

Originally posted on Survival Sherpa:
Guest post by Kevin Bowen First off, I must thank Todd Walker for the opportunity to write this piece for his blog. He really wanted to attend Kephart Days this year but an even more important event took place the same weekend that required his attendance, the birth of a…

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How to make a ‘medieval style’ possible pouch; more traveler’s gear

Originally posted on Wild Tuscany Bushcraft:
Old style bushcraft: a medieval possible pouch During the Middle Age was common carrying small items like coins, keys, inside pouches or purses attached to the belt. There are many archaeological and iconographical documents, you can search for your favorite patterns, but there is a model that in my opinion, is one of…

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