Kesler Woodward
November 30, 2010, 8:41 pm
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I first came across the artwork of Kesler Woodward when I saw his illustrations for the fly fishing book Bamboo Fly Rod Suite by Frank Soos. A resident of Alaska since 1971, his work both reflects on themes and scenes found in the “Far North” along with the landscape of the “Deep South.”

Along with his paintings Kesler has written about and helped author several books about other great Alaskan landscape painters include Eustace Paul Ziegler. Check out Kesler’s work here.


Smoked Pt.3 – Thanksgiving Edition
November 28, 2010, 6:09 pm
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In our family there is one Thanksgiving tradition that has always been consistent, even the years spent as vegetarians,  and that is a smoked turkey. Honestly I cant remember ever having anything but a smoked turkey for the holiday. As with other smoked meats described on WildWood before, you want to make sure you give you bird a good long soak in an cold brine over night, and while you’re at it make sure those beers get a icy bath as well.

Very early the next morning pull that bird out of its brine bath and rinse it off and dry it. After that rub it with a dry rub. For turkey, and Thanksgiving for that matter, I lay off the chili powder and go with a lot of paprika and garlic powder.

After getting that rub on, get it on the smoker cause its gonna take all day to get that bird ready for the meal. For smoke I stick with Apple wood primarily with a few other chunks of hickory.

Smoke it for roughly 1/2 hour per pound but use a thermometer to be sure. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

The Flyfish Journal
November 16, 2010, 9:21 pm
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There are a lot of fly fishing magazines out there and most of the them are pretty bad. The good ones are actually online and not even in print. However I was just gifted by my wife The Flyfish Journal, a magazine bringing a fresh perspective to fly fishing writing. Accompanying the articles is of course some great photography which makes the reader wish they were actually fishing instead of reading about fishing.   The end result is a coffee table worthy magazine worth collecting.

Now I just need to get one of these other “fly fishing journals” to write about my own fishing tales.

The Things that We Used to Do
November 14, 2010, 8:32 pm
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The Things That We Used to Do is a live recording of the two American Primitive guitar artists, Jack Rose and Glenn Jones. The film which was released last year captures the pair playing several duets and over an hour of solo footage from each of them.

The film was produced and is available from Strange Attractors Audio House.

Fall Hunting Reminders
November 5, 2010, 7:40 pm
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If you’re going hunting this season here are some helpful lessons to remember in order to bring yourself back alive.

Shooting from a car is not only unlawful in most states, but also unsportsmanlike and very dangerous.

Don’t put a loaded gun in a car at anytime, and even if you think the gun is unloaded don’t point it at yourself like this Nimrod is doing.

This man is using his gun as a lever to pry up some logs. Used in this fashion, gun is excellent lever for lifting yourself into eternity.

“Look ma no hands,” this man will soon be saying, “Look ma no head either.”

The question raised in this photo seems to be which of these two hunters will last the longest. Each has his gun pointed at the other.After examining the photo, we’re betting the man in the checkered shirt will be the first to go.

Guns make comfortable but unsafe leaning posts. This guy will keep dust out of the barrel but may put holes in the hunter.

This public service announcement brought to you by Popular Mechanics, circa June 1951

Wallace Stegner
November 3, 2010, 7:02 pm
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Read Wallace Stegner’s Wilderness Letter here.

Philly Bike Expo
November 2, 2010, 6:56 am
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I visited my brother in Philly this past weekend and while I was there was fortunate enough to catch the Philly Bike Expo. Maybe not as large as the NAHBS, however it still was a great show and definitely had a hometown crowd feel to the event.

Banjo Bikes

There were some beautiful bikes there. Bilenky had quite a large presence along with other hometown favorites like Dirt Rag. Other Philly folks were there like Art in the Age. They were there giving out samples of their spirits, Root and Snap, providing a nice warm feeling to start viewing some sweet bikes.

Worksman Cycles collaboration with Pendelton

A.N.T. Bikes

Gallus Cycles

Not my best photography, but if you want to see the rest they are here.