One of the things folks find most challenging about making lye soap is the long tedious process. Lets face it, most people don’t have access to a rainwater collection barrel, rendered down animal fat or a tall bucket of potash! Nowadays we wouldn’t think of going through the rigors of making homemade soap because it’s inexpensive and readily available. But to have soaps … [Read more...] about The Quick and Easy Way To Make Lye Soap
Jamie Burleigh's Journal of Many Things (That Don't Fit in the Other Categories)
First Nation Tribes gave names and meaning to all of the fullest moons of the year... One spring, many years ago I was invited to Sugar Bush. There I was taught traditional methods of harvesting and processing sap collected for medicine... made under the Sugar Makers Moon. Rising sap from the roots of the Sugar Maple has been regarded as a big medicine used by many … [Read more...] about Lessons of Spring
I think of myself as an average outdoorsman...with skills that rivaled those of Jerimiah Johnson or of Daniel Boone - (in my head anyways) and would like to believe that I do not need a lot of gear to brave the wild or not so wilds! Not long ago, I was going through my stuff and I came to the realization that I was either becoming a hoarder or I had a serious … [Read more...] about The Joy of Camping
Michigan is a foragers paradise! In the early autumn you may find these mushrooms under foot and possibly in tree; the Bolete Mushroom, "sulphur shelf,Chicken of the woods or chicken" -Laetiporus, Chanterelle's, Hedgehog, "Hen of the Woods"- Grifola, Lions Mane, Shaggy Mane Mushrooms and the Giant Puffball just to name a few. FACT: Michigan has over 2000 species of wild … [Read more...] about September Feast
https://youtu.be/tnvcfbpX6FQ … [Read more...] about Hammer Time
...hit more than the broadside of a barn with your slingshot Love the look and feel of a Y-branch, strung taught with a golden band straining under tension waiting to unleash.... Yea ME TO! When I share my enthusiasm with people about sling-shots more often than not I'm greeted with a recurring theme... "its fun, but only if I could hit something with it" and … [Read more...] about front SIGHTS?
It does not take much to get a razors edge on that knife… You just need to find it. The real trick behind this method is to find exactly where the flat sides of the blade stop and the grind angle begins on your blade. To locate this “pivotal point” you must rock the blade forward twords the cutting edge and MAINTAIN contact with that grind … [Read more...] about Find the grind
https://youtu.be/EknMRLx6G6o The REEL Striker is a multi functional fire steel made from High carbon steel. The striking edge is deferentially heat treated to ensure a proper temper for throwing sparks AND maintain its overall strength and durability! There is a “divot” pre-drilled into the striker to be used as a hand bearing block when making friction fire with … [Read more...] about A great bit of kit
Here I share a “tidy” method on how to trim and remove scales from a self-bow in this “over the shoulder” clip. https://youtu.be/6rU9_NLMMA4 …after the hide has been glued in place...a method that will also be in the members only section, I begin to trim off the excess. A small sharp file is perfect for this task. I use a feathering technique. Only light … [Read more...] about Snake Skin & Duct Tape!