Hugh Falkus
October 19, 2011, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Angling, Wilderness Heroes | Tags: , , ,

Hugh Falkus was a WWII airplane pilot, writer,naturalist, film maker, and most importantly angler. An inspiration to generations of anglers he published several books on fishing including Salmon Fishing and Sea Trout Fishing which established him as  “the father of modern sea trout fishing,” and had a huge impact on modern spey casting.

While working for the BBC Films Natural History Unit, Falkus also produced and wrote many films. One of which I have come across, Salmo the Leaper posted here in its entirety for your viewing pleasure, covers the natural history of the Atlantic salmon along with some great insight and footage of catching one on the fly while properly wearing a waxed canvas jacket.

*All of the parts to this film are great, but if you want what is probably the best moment go to 11:30 on Part 2 of the film.

Lynchburg Grows
October 17, 2011, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Eats | Tags: , ,

I had the opportunity the other day to visit a pretty amazing non profit operation in Lynchburg Virginia. Several years ago Lynchburg Grows took over 9 historic green houses from the city of Lynchburg. The green houses which were once used to grow roses for almost a century were transformed into organic vegetable beds. The urban farm now provides food to the city schools along with education opportunities for youth.

Its a pretty impressive operation already but with plans to establish a fruit orchard and an aquaponics system with tilapia it should be an even more amazing place. For the whole story check them out.


Tage Frid
October 11, 2011, 8:28 pm
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Tage Frid was a Danish born woodworker who had a great influence on American craft and furniture making. Immigrating to the US at the request of the American Craft Council he first taught at the School for American Craftsmen and later at the Rhode Island School of Design. His teachings had a great impact on many American furniture makers and played a great role in the studio furniture movement, which encouraged the making of one of a kind pieces of furniture by individual crafts people instead of mass produced furniture.

Preparing boards by hand

While attending Pratt I took several furniture courses where Tage Frid and his teachings served as a basis of knowledge for figuring out how to work with wood. His series of books, Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking was a required reading.  All the images shown here are from those books. The vignettes provided detailed instructions on how to complete endless types of joinery and even how to use specific tools.

How to properly handle a band saw blade.

Tage Frid’s teaching and wisdom can also be found in Fine Woodworking magazine, where he was an editor from 1975 til his death in 2004.

RIP – Bert Jansch
October 5, 2011, 8:40 am
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Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch passed away yesterday, he was 67. An innovated guitar player, the singer songwriter was a leading voice in the British folk revival of the 60’s and collaborated extensively with John Renbourn and Anne Briggs while also being a member of the band Pentangle. His influence over folk/guitar music has and will continue to be far reaching.