How to Restore Early American Lumber and Carpentry Tools

It’s Time to Get Those Antiques Off the Walls and Back into Our Hands Believe it or not, there was a time with no power tools.  Everything was done by hand and the only power was muscle and intelligent leverage.  It was the only way to get things done at a...

Mastering the Craft of Making Jerky

It’s Not Just for Beef Anymore.  Here’s How to Explore the Jerky World. It’s hard to say where and when jerky originated.  We’ve been drying food for millennia in the sun, the wind and over variations on a fire.  One idea attributes the actual word...

8 Ways to Turn Tin Cans into a Kitchen

Hobos Mastered the Craft of Tin Can Cookery and You Can Too. It’s one thing to forage in the wilderness for wild foods, but cooking them in a way we're accustomed to can be a challenge.  Fortunately, there are some old...

Food Dehydration Methods

Perhaps the Oldest Food Preservation Technique and One That We Should Understand as Another Step Towards Self-Reliance. It’s impossible to establish how food dehydration emerged as a food preservation process but it’s a good bet we have the sun to thank for it. ...

Instant and Natural Winter Survival Shelters

A Shelter can be Critical to Wilderness Survival.  But What Can You do When Time Isn’t on Your Side? Critical needs for effective winter survival make a short list.  Fire, water, food and shelter.  While fire and water may be the most important, shelter...

Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Fire in Winter

Any Temperature Below Freezing in the Wilderness Can be Life Threatening. Here’s How to Survive When the Odds are Against You. Fire and water don’t mix. That’s what makes building any fire on snow and ice so difficult. Any fire in the vicinity of snow covered or...

Clearing the Smoke on How to Smoke Fish, Game and All Manner of Meat

Smoke Cooking is an Ancient Food Preservation Method but Today It’s All About Flavor. The first foods to be successfully smoked were probably the result of a happy accident over a smoldering fire.  In ancient times food never went to waste even if it looked burnt and...

The Importance of Learning Primitive Communication Methods When No Phone Will Work and the Internet is Crashed

If the grid crashes there are more ways to be left in the dark than you think. We hear it all the time.  “Don’t worry about the Internet if the grid goes down.  The Internet was designed to survive thermonuclear war.”  Unfortunately, the original design of the...

Eat Your Trees: How to Wild Forage from the Largest Plants in the Forest

When you wild forage you tend to look down to the ground, but maybe it’s time to look up and eat your trees. If you know what to look for you can find a virtual bounty of wild foods in fields and forests.  But our focus always tends to be on plants underfoot.  There...

Survival Foods Explorers, Native People and Our Pioneer Ancestors Depended On.

Refrigeration was unheard of and food preservatives were few and far between, but somehow our ancestors managed to survive and thrive. We take a lot for granted when it comes to the foods we eat.  Grocery stores are common, and food is carefully packaged, preserved...

How to Restore Early American Lumber and Carpentry Tools

by | January 19, 2019

It’s Time to Get Those Antiques Off the Walls and Back into Our Hands Believe it or not, there was a time with no power tools.  Everything was done by hand and the only power was muscle and intelligent leverage.  It was the only way to get things done at a time when off-the-grid meant […]

Mastering the Craft of Making Jerky

by | January 11, 2019

It’s Not Just for Beef Anymore.  Here’s How to Explore the Jerky World. It’s hard to say where and when jerky originated.  We’ve been drying food for millennia in the sun, the wind and over variations on a fire.  One idea attributes the actual word “jerky” to a tribe in South America called the        […]

Instant and Natural Winter Survival Shelters

by | December 12, 2018

A Shelter can be Critical to Wilderness Survival.  But What Can You do When Time Isn’t on Your Side? Critical needs for effective winter survival make a short list.  Fire, water, food and shelter.  While fire and water may be the most important, shelter is just as important when the weather is cold and wet […]

The Importance of Learning Primitive Communication Methods When No Phone Will Work and the Internet is Crashed

by | November 20, 2018

If the grid crashes there are more ways to be left in the dark than you think. We hear it all the time.  “Don’t worry about the Internet if the grid goes down.  The Internet was designed to survive thermonuclear war.”  Unfortunately, the original design of the Internet was based on conventional, hard-wire phone lines […]

Eat Your Trees: How to Wild Forage from the Largest Plants in the Forest

by | November 13, 2018

When you wild forage you tend to look down to the ground, but maybe it’s time to look up and eat your trees. If you know what to look for you can find a virtual bounty of wild foods in fields and forests.  But our focus always tends to be on plants underfoot.  There are […]

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