From Sheep to Loom
January 28, 2010, 9:03 pm
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After shearing the sheep and before weaving on the loom, there is spinning on the wheel. The spinning wheel, the device used by the king’s daughter in Rumpelstiltskin to weave straw into gold, is a device dating back to 1237.

Besides turning straw to gold, this device allows you to transform wool into yarn, and then subsequently make clothes or rugs on the loom.

All images from Foxfire 2, more here.

Peace Salinger
January 28, 2010, 8:44 pm
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Cover of Time magazine September 15, 1961.

Beer Bottling
January 25, 2010, 8:11 pm
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Bottled up some marzen style lager over the weekend. I usually go with the individual 16oz bottles but this time I went for the 22oz. I must say there are few things as satisfying then two cases of homemade beer. Looking forward to crackin a 22 of my own creation in just a short while.

From the Ground Up[Date]
January 20, 2010, 5:47 pm
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I have mentioned writer Lou Ureneck‘s Maine cabin in the past here. The detailed account of his journey of building the cabin was documented in a blog he wrote on the NY Times. Lou has now finished his cabin but reports will continue from a new blog appropriately called Maine Cabin Blog. Follow him as he continues onto his next project of planting and cultivating an orchard in the hills surrounding his cabin.

Images via NYTimes.

Recent Finds
January 19, 2010, 7:33 pm
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Here are a few of my thrift finds as of late. Always searching for the vitnage outdoor wearables around town. Steve, the dog, is in there for good measure.

Short sleeve Eddie Bauer, can’t wait for Spring. But for now these sweaters will have to do.

I don’t think REI makes many wool sweaters these days, I was pretty surprised when I found this one. At the moment my wife is getting more wear out of the Orvis wool sweater then me.

Snowshoes According to Leon L Bean
January 13, 2010, 8:30 am
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I felt is was time for another installment of the world according to Leon L. Bean, and seeing that it is sill very much winter out there, I thought some of you might need a good set of snowshoes if you don’t already have them. As in the past all the illustrations come from the L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors.

For clarification, “There are three basic snowshoes. The similar Maine and Michigan patterns; the Pickerel, also known as the Arctic or Alaska; and the Bear Paw. All others are variations.

Conquering the Summit
January 10, 2010, 6:11 pm
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This is my centennial post. While it may not be a mountain, I have conquered the number 100. I hope you have enjoyed the first 100, here’s to hundreds more.

Upon reaching the summit of Mount Winchell in 1868, Judge E.C. Winchell wrapped himself patriotically in a flag, took a swig from a wicker-woven flask, and “addressed formal salutations to the witnessing mountains and fired double-charges of gunpowder over the canyon and forest, arousing crashing reverberations that leaped from cliff to distant cliff, swiftly redoubling in the morning air.”

New Year New Trees
January 6, 2010, 2:28 pm
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A few artifacts from New Year’s travels down to the Black Mountains. Snow fell everyday we were there and the winter light was low on the horizon.

High Atmosphere & Thunderous Sounds
January 5, 2010, 6:35 pm
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A new favorite blog from a surrogate brother in Sweeden, Log Cabineer. Enjoy.