Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
I am about to embark on yet another great adventure. I would like to express my thanks to the people who helped me get my passport and the items I needed for this next phase in my journey into the unknown.
Thank you seems to be an inappropriate expression of gratitude to the people who have shown me such great generosity. But, however, At the moment I lack the alchemy to express myself in the written word. Suffices it to say Thank you to my friends for all of their help with money,transportation, paperwork, clothing and needed equipment.
I will close with these lines “Do not fear on my account, tho I walk through the valley in the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. The author of all things watches over me.” Matty Ross in the Movie “True Grit”.
And perhaps these words from Hunter S. Thompson are apropos. “We walked in the street drunk and laughing and talking like men who knew they would separate at dawn and travel to the far corners of the earth.”
Take care my friends. I will post again when I can.
I am off to the 3rd world – see you on the trail!
Last week when I was out in the hills farting around I decided to test out the camoflage ability of the current Army digital cammo. Recently Matt and me dug several sets of this type of cammo out of a dumpster on base. For me it is an annoying color but if is free what the hell.
I stood behind a small oak tree in the shadows cast by the leaves to see how well the army stuff would blend in. I also tried a green shirt, a reticulated long sleeved shirt, a black hoodie,and a grey t shirt and vest. the only one that didnt blend in well was the black hoodie. I did not have any woodland cammo in my gear. You can see from the pics that cammo isnt really necessary. While most cammo is cool it was never a necessary to native people around the world. From my experiences it is better to use natural cammo then anything manufactured these days.
Tomahawk - scouts out!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I just wanted to post a pic or 2 of my Lard Bucket cooker. I found this lard bucket on my first day back in Arizona after hitching all the way from Maine.
When I was looking for a place to sling my hammock I noticed this lard bucket upended on a cut branch in a ancient juniper tree. God only knows how long this Bucket was on that tree. It has a nice patina of rust on it , and I have decided only use it to heat up MRE meals or Canned goods in water.
The stove I used was my Emberlit (www.emberlit.com) given to me by my friend Northwest manitou from the bushcraftusa forums. I used this stove in conjunction with my alcohol stove made by......oops, cant remember....Ill post that info later. I did use "HEET" for fuel , I purchased the "HEET" from Walmart for about 2 bucks a bottle.
I had to use an old Sterno can as a prop for the alcohol stove but it worked out ok. I was able to heat my rations then subsequently use the water for washing up and cleaning my spoon etc.
Tomahawk - scouts out!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Ok, Ill admit. I have been a little lazy lately about posting on my blog this month. Last week I was in the woods for several days and didn't even consider doing anything to post. Frankly, I'm getting a little tired of it.
I just noticed that my Blog views are approaching 200,000(199,981)in number. Not bad considering more than 1/2 of these views are unique(109,031). I started this Blog in August of 2009 out of boredom. I was sitting in my truck at my Buddies house in Montana when I got the Idea.
Anyhoo, over the past 2 years I have made 663 posts on various subjects from History to, wilderness travel, to alternative living and a few other subjects. I lost count of the pictures I have posted in this Blogs history.
Considering the volume of Posts I have Made there seems to be VERY few comments on any posts except from a core group of followers.
Oh! I forgot, the most comments I got on ANY of my posts was when I posted about those 2 yahoos on the TV survival show double survivors or dual survivors etc. 95% of those comments were from knuckle-head followers of those 2, disrespecting me for speaking my own opinion- on my own blog. Go figure.
As it stands Now, Ill still post from time to time if I come across anything interesting or happen to do something adventurous myself. I don't consider the total number of views this blog has received in the past 2 years to be worth the effort to put it together.
It has been my experience that most people are Gear and video oriented and would rather watch TV then to actually get out there themselves.
I'm heading out to the woods this afternoon for a few days. Maybe Ill look for something to post.
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
A few weeks ago I was hiking once again in my beloved Huachuca mountains. I spied an interesting Burl on an oak tree that would make a great “Noggin”, or what some folks lately like to call a Kuksa.I don't know when or where the word "Noggin" became associated with this type of vessel but it is thus. A "Noggin" is a unit of measure used back in the colonial period for alcohol. It is the same amount as a "Gill" which measures out to about a 1/4 pint.
Basically the "kusa" and "Noggin" are the same thing. I prefer to use the word Noggin because it is American - with its roots in England. I was born and raised in the American outdoors and better identify with American History and Idioms than that of Europe.
All of the johnny come lately wilderness practitioners, “Survival experts” and “Bushcrafters” can keep using the term/word Kuksa if they want to – the Tomahawk wont.
The long hunters of the colonial American period made and used Noggins from Maple burls mostly, they were easy to harvest and carve, and perhaps lasted a long time for the men of the forest.
The Burl I found was on a live oak tree about 6000 feet in the mountains. I cut it off with a hack saw because it was all I had, yes. It took a long time to cut it off the tree.
My friend Pete is a master carpenter, and me being a bit lazy, took the burl to Pete to get a few suggestion as to how to more easily carve it out. Pete fired up his torch and burned it out a bit then we took turns scraping it out. I got some course and fine sand paper to sand it with and also used my Swiss Army knife to whittle on it a bit.
After I whittled “Er down a bit and sanded on it a while, I greased it up with some cocoa butter and olive oil that I had in my pack.
I was making this Noggin as a gift for my friend Matt , it seems to have turned out pretty well. I think it will be a good vessel for drinking coffee, whisky or water, and perhaps for dishing up a mess of sofkie.
Here are a few pictures associated with the making of this Noggin.
Tomahawk – Scouts Out!