How it’s made: Custom cardholder wallet


Many people may not be familiar with what goes into making handmade leather goods, so for a recent custom build, I remembered to break out the camera at a few points along the way to help illustrate my process. The criteria I firmly believe that good design needs to be more than pretty — design solves a…

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Throwing knives for survival


From the first time I saw James Coburn play the ultimate badass in the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven I (and I suspect many of my readers) thought, “How cool would it be to have that skill?” Possessing an awesome skill is, of course, impressive, no matter what the discipline, but let’s put this into context. Does throwing a knife make…

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The Rhino Hunter: Radiolab


We live in a world where compassion often quickly turns to outrage, which in turn can express itself as vitriol and disturbing calls for retribution, as evidenced in the recent reaction to Cecil the lion’s death. This is more than just a trip report, and I wouldn’t call it a defence piece—it’s a surprisingly gentle treatment of an extremely…

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Trailer for Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods”

A Walk in the Woods - Film

Robert Redford had been wanting to make this film for over ten years, and announced in 2005 that he would star in the film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s tongue-in-cheek narrative of his time along the Appalachian trail. The film finally was confirmed for release last year. I’m not sure how different this will be from Bryson’s account…

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Backyard cedar strip canoe: Part 1, Introduction

Canoecraft cover

So, I’ve done it! [The Story so far] This is the first in a series of posts about building a backyard cedar strip canoe. Follow along as I research, cost, plan, schedule, and possibly fumble my way through an urban build of one of the most loved forms of backcountry transportation.  Well, to clarify, I haven’t done a…

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“Father Nature Outdoors” — Camping Blanket

FNO closeup

Most successful bushcraft is about creative problem solving and sharing of knowledge, resources, and support. I owe a lot of my current level of experience to the generosity of others, and I’d like to encourage everybody to think about how important that is. I love the outdoors. I love the simplicity, and the isolation, and,…

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