Making a Family Heirloom (and Memories to Boot)

My family likes old things.  Antiques is too grand a word for it.  The word “antique” calls to mind things to be put on a shelf and looked at.  Not to be touched.  Certainly not to be used.  But our prized finds are things that are old and beautiful, but also useful. A few months ago we found an old Eskimo wooden toboggan at a church yard sale.  The price was $5.00.  But I waited too long to buy it.  I was being too clever for my own good; trying to look less interested than I was to try to get the price down.  When I went back to the table to pick it up, it had already been sold. 

DIY Camera Arm

Today we build a camera arm for self-filming hunts from a tree stand.  Anyone can build this with a few common tools and an inexpensive MAPP gas setup from the hardware store.  This set-up will cost you 20% of commercial alternatives, and will give you the same or better quality.  Plans will be available on the blog, and the link will be added here when it is available.  Thanks, and good hunting!

Thanks Jack!

Our recent post about the Hitch Mount for Pioneer Tool Racks was mentioned on today’s The Survival Podcast by Jack Spirko.  To all of you who found your way here, welcome!  Stay tuned.  We have videos coming in the next few weeks on inoculating mushroom logs, mead making, wrapping up the 2015 hunting season, processing some venison, and lots more.

Several months ago a friend purchased three Pioneer Tool Racks from Old Grouch’s Military Surplus.  The boxes had gotten wet, and as a result he got a really good deal on them.  Jack Spirko mentioned them on his show, and once he took a look at them, he was sold.  So he picked up one for himself, one for me, and one for a mutual friend.  I loved the idea of being able to carry an axe, a shovel, and a mattock in one convenient package.  Only one problem; my truck has a cap on it, making it hard to mount the rack inside the bed, and still be able to access it easily.  What to do, what to do?  Finally, I came

Ugly Drum Smoker – Part II

This week we’ll walk through part two of our Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS) build.  We’ll go through the burn out, the grind out, and the assembly of the smoker body.  That leaves us only the charcoal basket and the grills before we’re ready to smoke some tasty brisket! Hope you enjoy.  And, as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a comment or shoot me an email. Thanks!

New BK-9 Upgrades

I bought a Kay-Bar Becker BK-9 last year mostly for prep work for deer season, but also as a big-duty camp knife. I love the functionality of the knife itself, but the sheath was pretty much a joke. It’s made of nylon webbing and, while it has some okay features (a pocket for sharpener, molle attachments, etc.), it really isn’t ideal. Also, the blade coating makes striking a ferrocerium rod unworkable. So, I decided to make some changes. I first ground off the blade coating, then, then fashioned new handle scales out of Cocobolo, an oily, water-resistant exotic hardwood. Then it was time to address the sheath. There are after-market sheaths for the BK-9, but they’re either made of kydex,