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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Learning by Replication

I study the technology of prehistory.  Because of this, I believe strongly in the benefits of experiential archaeology.  It gives perspective on a very deep level.  We can walk in the shoes of our ancestors, so to speak.  I say experiential here not experimental and I’m glad to hear this word coming into the dialog […]

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It’s Food for Thought

There are so many good reasons to have a home garden, even in the city. Starting fresh in a new place means we’re in for some work this spring.  Although I suspect that many things have grown in this yard in the last century, other than the small plot I turned over last year, we […]

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Quinzhee Snow Shelter

Winter is here. For some of you it is here with real gusto.  Growing up in Missouri and being sent out to ‘play’ no matter what the weather or who was around I learned a lot about how to entertain myself.  Snowfall in the Mississippi valley could be heavy and wet throughout the winter and […]

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Revisiting the Bowyer’s Craft

Tracking the process for creating the ancient and venerable flat bow; a complex hunting tool from five continents. This is a very brief overview of a process that takes many bows to master. I can honestly say that bow-making was my gateway skill into the primitive technology world.  It’s one of the few things I […]

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Replication

I study the technology of prehistory.  Because of this, I believe strongly in the benefits of experiential archaeology.  It gives perspective on a very deep level.  We can walk in the shoes of our ancestors, so to speak.

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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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