Dad's Boyscout Handbook
November 30, 2009, 9:19 pm
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Over Thanksgiving while visiting my family I came across my father’s old Boy Scouts of America Handbook, The Handbook for Boys. My father bought the book new in 1950 and it would guide him and serve him well through his time as a Boy Scout until he was an Eagle Scout. The book if filled with all the necessary knowledge a young man should know, everything from how to tie knots to first aid. Here are some of my favorite pages from Scouting skills chapter of the book, the rest can be seen here.

Make sure you know the Scout’s Law

Happy Thanksgiving
November 26, 2009, 10:23 am
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Have a good Thanksgiving and eat some turkey.

Stan Rogers
November 25, 2009, 12:53 pm
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Canadian folk singer and musician Stan Rogers wrote music “inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian prairies and Great Lakes.” via wiki.  Just take a min to listen to the link bellow I promise you wont be disappointed.

Stan Rogers with Barrett’s Privateers

Bean Boots
November 24, 2009, 9:53 am
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Its been pretty wet these past few weeks and anytime I step into the mud pit which is our backyard I have found myself wearing these boots. They are known at the Maine Hunting Shoes, duck boots, or Bean boots, whatever you call them they are rugged and do a damn good job of keeping your feet dry. Here are some images pulled from the L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors.

Variations on a theme.

These are some older advertisements for the shoe from 1922. Click for larger.

Thomas W Nason
November 22, 2009, 7:33 pm
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“Poet engraver of New England”, Thomas W Nason was a self taught print-maker from Lyme Connecticut who dedicated his art to representing the romanticized landscape of New England. His work was frequently paired with and served as illustrations to writers like Thoreau and Emerson. I found these prints in a book which has both Emerson’s Nature and Thoreaus essay Walking.

“…In wilderness is the preservation of the world”

A Night in the Kingdom
November 20, 2009, 2:32 pm
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J Tillman brought us to the kingdom and the garden last night.He put on a great show playing mostly new stuff with some older tunes too. If you still haven’t heard him check it, and if it means anything he is the drummer from Fleet Foxes.

Hoover's Rapidan
November 17, 2009, 9:34 pm
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I went fishing a few weeks ago on the Rapidan River in the Shenendoah. Not exactly a river more of a brooke or run but it did hold some beautiful native trout. This river is consider one of the best places in Virginia to catch native trout, which constantly face habitat pressure from acid rain and other human endeavors .

President Herbert Hoover, the 31st president also loved these streams and in 1929 he built a camp there. The camp consisting of 13 cabins served as retreat for the president especially during the Great Depression.  He used the cabin to entertain important figures have meetings, and of course to go fly fishing for trout. Images courtesy of the National Park Service.

Here is one of mine from the day, I apologize for the bad resolution cell phone pic. What the wild brooke trout lacks in size it makes up for in its colors and beauty.

November 16, 2009, 9:50 pm
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Make sure you are handy, and if you need some help keep The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia close by for reference.

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And don’t worry The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia is gender inclusive, Handywomen are welcome to join in the fun too.

J Tillman
November 13, 2009, 10:08 am
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Looking forward to seeing him next week at the chapel here in town.

His new album is pretty damn good too.

Shoe Choices
November 11, 2009, 10:28 am
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Here are some shoe choices from the Whole Earth Catalog of August 1972.

While Walter Dryer is still around as a company, I dont think they are still offering these handmade mocs, to bad especially at that price.

Wish Wallabees were still only $23.95

A classic.