July 24, 2011, 7:15 pm
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Cloudburst, A Handbook of Rural Skills and Technology, was conceived of by Vic Marks in the early 1970’s as a guidebook for those wishing to move to the country and begin back-to-the-land lifestyle. Born on Mayne Island, British Columbia and Marks’ books were stuffed with useful information and excellent detailed instruction and illustrations.

Some of the skills covered in book above are things like how to build  a 16ft personal dome, building a chicken coop, sauna construction, smoking fish, and making cheese. Vic Marks went on to publish several more Cloudburst magazines along with other publications on natural food and at least one book on foraging for edible wild mushrooms and another on poisonous and hallucinogenic mushrooms. A 25th Anniversary edition of Cloudburst was published not long ago by his new press, Hartley and Marks.

July 18, 2011, 8:15 pm
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I love Toyota Landcruisers, and have always wanted to own one. The indestructible truck that has long been favored by safari guides, every guerrilla drug lord, rogue researchers, and even UN convoys has always held a special place in my heart.

While I always thought I would get an older-older one like an FJ-60, when I came across this FJ-80 about a year ago I bought it up. I had been seriously considering a Vanagon at the time, another vehicle I will have to own one day,  but the price was just right on this rig.  The truck which, has over 200k on the tachometer,  drives great. That is to say it drives like it has already driven 200k miles and and probably will drive another 200k.  The interior is nothing to brag about, and the exterior…well if you like Landcruisers there isn’t much explanation needed. Oh and Mrs. WildWood and the dog really like it too.


Chuck Box
July 10, 2011, 2:44 pm
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I have been an admirer of chuck boxes for a while now. These sometimes beautifully crafted wood boxes used to store food and other supplies for camp come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are sometimes called camp, patrol, or provision boxes. They also seem to range in their complexity, some being fairly simple with a few drawers while others have fold out legs and compartments for specific tools.

Image from Dirt Floor Studio

Recently over at Llyod Kahn’s site, he posted about some particularly beautiful chuck boxes made by Dirt Floor Studio. It seems if you are interested in making one yourself there are alot of plans out there online… would be a good Saturday Project.

Image from Dirt Floor Studio

The 4th
July 5, 2011, 7:09 pm
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Hope you all had an excellent 4th of July, ate some barbeque, and drank too much bourbon because that is pretty much what we did around here. In addition to the normal inebriation we did however take a moment to unfold a beautiful and old American flag that was given to Mrs. WildWood’s uncle for his service in the Korean war. The flag itself was made in Valley Forge Pennsylvania, very appropriate for the 4th of July. While it only flew for a brief while yesterday due to the rain it was great to see it in the sun. Happy 4th.