These pictures and their accompanying text are taken from a beautiful old book on tree identification written by R. ST. Barbe Baker, the self-styled founder of the wonderfully-named The Men of the Trees, an organisation I know nothing about, but wish I had belonged to. The book came out in the 1940s, so all of it is now copyright free. I post this material for those of you who are of a Crafty persuasion (you know who you are;) and anyone else who is interested and would find the information…
Best Wood For Fires - Which Type of Wood Burns Best
BEST WOOD FOR FIRES: Which Type of Wood Burns Best? What kind of woods make for the warmest, longest-lasting bonfires, barbecues, and fireplace fires? The experts at Log Splitters Direct have put together a guide to the best firewood!
External Frame Backpacks – Applying the Old Ways to the New Journeys – Edit
Learning from the past is important and I sometimes think about this from a design perspective. Can we learn from old traditional designs, or techniques and apply them to modern design? Is all prim…
Survival Tips for Deer Hunting
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Make your own: Fancy Feast Alcohol Backpacking Stove - Andrew Skurka
I received my first Fancy Feast stove from Ryan Bozis (aka Major Slacker), who attended one of my presentations in Virginia in Spring 2006. I of course thanked him for it, but given how simple the stove was, I could not imagine that it was better than the stove that I had used for most…
Ingenious Scout dishwashing rack made from hiking poles
This Scout dishwashing rack made out of hiking poles is brilliant and keeps your dishwashing tubs off picnic tables and the ground.
How to Process Soil into Clay for Pottery
How did primitive potters harvest clay? People have been making pottery for millennia, and convenient hobby shops have only been a thing for a few decades at best. Before that, people harvested their own clay
How to Make Traditional Snowshoes
Making snowshoes is something of a lost art, but in deep snow a pair of reliable snowshoes can make the difference between hiking out of a blizzard and winding up a people-sickle buried to your waist in a snow drift. Making your own snowshoes can be a very satisfying project.
20 PVC Pipe Ideas to Use Around the House
PVC pipe ideas and projects to create using PVC pipe are very versatile, not too expensive and easy to pack around and store. Perhaps that's why they are so popular. Here's a list of 20 great ways to use those PVC pipes around the house and more! PVC Pipe Ideas and Projects to DIY 1. PVC Backdrop Stand. Just add some fabric and it's perfect for a photo shoot! 2. DIY Toddler Chairs. What kid doesn't love a chair just their size? 3. Ball Pit Fun. One of the PVC pipe ideas that is fun for ALL…