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Nessmuk Redux
December 17, 2011, 9:16 am
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I picked up this old copy of “Nessmuk’s” Woodcraft and Camping at a used book seller recently. This book is a true classic containing essential knowledge for woodcraft and woodlore. If you are looking for a little inspiration to become an “outer” and start roughing it or maybe just spending a little more time outdoors this is for you. If you want to know more about Nessmuk and who he was check out this previous post.

 



Nessmuk
April 7, 2010, 7:29 pm
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Been working my way through John McPhee’s “Coming into the Country”, more on that book later, and came across a mention of a writer named “Nessmuk”. Not knowing what he was talking about I learned that Nessmuk was the pen name for George Sears, a nineteenth century writer who wrote for Forest and Stream magazine in the 1880’s. He also published a classic camping book called “Woodcraft” first published in 1884.

McPhee describes Woodcraft as being, “written with so much wisdom wit, and insight that it makes Henry David Thoreu seem alien, humorless, and French.”

Seeing that Cold Splinters seems to always have answers about obscure outdoors ephemera, I search Mr. Thorpe’s site a bit and came across this description of Nessmuk and “Woodcraft.”