June 2007

We're putting together a series of community-oriented workshops on sustainable living, self-reliance and sense of place to begin this summer and run year-round. Although all the details haven't been worked out, it will be based around low-cost, low-tech things people can do such as composting, gardening, food storage and emergency preparedness, as well as developing [...]

We took a family paddle around Rust Pond today and much to my consternation I saw numerous docks built with pressure treated lumber. Pressure treated lumber is infused with preservatives and chemicals that can leach into the water. The state of NH has a document on the web about pressure treated lumber use for docks. [...]

We're in the midst of a heat wave here in New Hampshire, with the high temperatures today and tomorrow adding up to over 180 degrees (F). My friends in Canada are always telling me their temperatures in Celcius, but they might well be trying to teach me to conjugate verbs in Mandarin Chinese - I [...]

We've been busy from sun-up to sun-down with the Earth Skills Summer Program, so I haven't been blogging or posting photos.  But since I have a minute this morning, here's some of what we've been up to.  We started last week with an immersion into bushcraft starting wtih firemaking and the related skills.  We've identified [...]

If you read my last post you already know about the snapping turtle that was hanging around on the wall tent platform yesterday. We shot some video of her getting off the platform that's more like a fall, and I put it on YouTube tonight. See it on the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Journal Channel.

Tomorrow morning marks the beginning of the Earth Skills Summer Program. I've been busy getting things ready with the help of Paul Sveum, who arrived after finishing the academic year at Northland College in Wisconsin. Paul took the ESSP two years ago and came back last year as an TA and instructor. This year he'll [...]

I had a great time making knives with Duane Hanson last week.  I forged three knives and a crooked knife and learned a lot along the way.  Spending time with Duane is always fun and educational for me.  He's always got a bunch of interesting projects going, so in addition to whatever I'm there to [...]

This afternoon I'm off to the woods near Jackman, Maine, to take Duane Hanson's knife-making class.  I put a box of fishing gear in the truck just in case.  Look for a post about the trip in a week or so.   In the mean time, enjoy the warm weather and the bugs - especially [...]

I've heard the terms bushcraft and wilderness survival used interchangably, and defined by those who base their understanding on what they saw on a tv show. Needless to say I disagree with most of the common definitions floating around these days. The terms are not the same thing, although one is contained within the other. [...]

I put the first five episodes of Jack Mountain Bushcraft Journal on YouTube last night, which should make it easier for people to view and share them. We've gotten a bunch of emails from people who've had trouble the interface on our site, so hopefully this will help.  We'll continue to maintain our own video [...]

After a weekend of solid rain that included a birthday party for my 3-year-old son, a cold front came through last night and today is crisp, clear and windy. A perfect morning to weed the garden. Everything I put in this year is doing well, and all the rain has things growing at a fast [...]

Starting in 2008 we'll be changing the age range of our summer programs to focus on teens instead of adults.  We'll still offer several programs for adults, but the Earth Skills Summer Program and several trips will reflect the change.  So if you've been thinking about participating in the Earth Skills Summer Program but have [...]

 


 

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