Learning a thing or two from the past...Part 1, 21st century Westerners are not the first to minimalize. With all the talk and zeitgeist around the Minimalist Movements I thought I'd revive this post from a while ago. This is a lengthy ramble. So long in fact, that I have broken it into several posts … Continue reading Thoughts About Minimalism and Survival
About the early shoes...
"The first rule of Project Mayhem is that you do not ask questions..." this may be my new teaching mantra I am considering calling my custom footwear "Mayhem Shoes" (at least until Chuck Palahniuk's space monkey lawyers make me stop). I teach a couple classes about low-tech shoemaking a few times per year in the … Continue reading Mayhem Shoes for the Dystopian Survivor
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A rare self-portrait of the Maker responsible all this nonsense... I'll need to make a proper one; more in-focus and with a better mirror next time.
I know this is a little outside the normal material for this blog but there is very little that is normal about me anyway. I hope you can enjoy the message here. https://youtu.be/ja-n5qUNRi8
WELCOME BACK! I have been ignoring the blog for quite some time now but I have not been idle. Far from it. The vardo update project took on a life of it's own and it feels like a complete renewal of the living space. In the coming month I hope to make a video tour … Continue reading Re-tooling the PaleoTool
Sink, seating, and storage galore - I'm finally moving onto the luxuries that make this addition what it is meant to be; essentially moving some outdoor activities and living indoors with more amenities and easier foul-weather living. Beginning with a little sink re-purposed from an old copper mixing bowl set - This one was the … Continue reading Fitting Out and Fixing Problems, Vardo Remodel Part 9
Every home needs a door. It's a tricky bit that must fit well, open and close easily, provide some security, and hopefully, look good doing it. We found a mahogany, two-panel door at the Habitat Re-Store in Lubbock a couple months ago and since the price was right ($10), we bought it. It was … Continue reading Door and Frame, Vardo Remodel Part 8
The weekend was cold, I was tired (read lazy), and other things had to be attended to so this update is just baby steps in the big scheme. Although mine is a purely pragmatic build, I wanted an homage to the classic Dunton Reading wagon. Taking a plain profile and giving it simple compass curves … Continue reading Progress is slow but steady, Vardo Remodel Part 7