This past weekend our group fleshed and scraped a lot of deer hides. We also brained a bunch, and started pulling them, but were overtaken by dark before we got any soft. Brain tanning courses are all about time management. We’re trying to squeeze a bunch of stuff into a short period of time. We [...]
Braintan workshop day 2: 6 hides scraped and dressed, 3 fleshed and salted, pulling all afternoon, 3 tired guys.
I'm interested in homemade, wood fired ovens, as well as community baking. I've read a few books on these topics, and one that I always wanted to get a copy of was called The Bread Ovens Of Quebec. I've looked for a reasonably-priced copy for years with no luck. But I just learned that the [...]
Braintanning this AM: fleshing a deer hide in the rain.
After a recent post announcing upcoming lodge-based courses, a few of our readers contacted me wanting more information. Before I could provide it, I had to publish the new site about our camp for rent in New Hampshire where the courses will be based. I got it online today. More information on the lodge-based courses is coming [...]
Boys, dog and I hiked to the bridge and had hot chocolate to celebrate black Friday.
Dutch oven turkey on the bottom, apple cake on top, and lot's to be thankful for.
I just got an interesting call from a guy that has me scratching my head. I’m posting the gist of it, but obviously will mention no names (so don't ask). On our website we have a popular recommended gear page that I probably haven’t changed in more than 12 years. The caller had followed one [...]
Saw my friend who butchers deer today, left with 9 hides. Braintan class this weekend, plus a few for me.
Video about the new Jack Mountain Winter Expedition Tent. I left three things out of the video. First, the height of the center pole is right around 8 feet, making the dimensions 8'6" wide by 11'6" long by 8' tall at the peak. Second, the material is 10.10 oz cotton. Third, if you're interested you [...]
Gloomy day, stunning sunset over Rust Pond.
December 6-12 we’re running our Winter Woodsman course, followed immediately by the Frozen 48 Winter Survival Challenge. The Winter Woodsman is our introduction to winter. We cover the particulars of living out in the winter, from clothing and tools to fire and shelter, as well as cover the traditional gear and techniques that make living [...]
Next weekend we’re running a course on braintanning, where we’ll take raw (ie. bloody, and stinky) deer hides, and through a process that’s older than civilization, turn them into beautiful, chamois-like braintan buckskin. If you want to learn it, there are still open spots. I want to share how we keep people safe from Lyme [...]
Beginning in January, we’re offering something new at our folk school in New Hampshire; lodge-based programs. They combine our popular bushcraft and outdoor skills programs with housing in our modern, comfortable lodge. These programs are limited in size and allow people to participate in our bushcraft programs without having to live outdoors. We’re still offering [...]
First look at the new Jack Mountain Expedition tent made by Tentsmiths. Details coming soon.
White pine burl at The Woodsman School. Stopped into see Derek Faria and spent a rainy afternoon in front of a fire.
Saturday, 11/21 from 9:30AM-4PM On our expeditions fire is a necessity; it warms us and cooks our food. We’re often faced with extremely difficult firelighting challenges. These must be overcome for the success of the expedition. What participants of the this one-day workshop will take away are the skills and confidence that they can get [...]
This weekend I’ll be venturing west of the Connecticut River to attend the Snow Walkers Rendezvous in Vermont. It’s a fantastic event, and one that should be on your calendar if you’re in the northeast and interested in winter camping and expeditions. Here are seven reasons why you should attend: The Gear. Traditional canvas [...]
Mist on lake Winni this morning, water like glass.
Rust Pond, named after Henry Rust. Here's the cellar hole of his house built in 1773.
Most of the people who participate in our semester program are not from Maine, and the way of life near the field school is rural and often significantly different than where they’re from. This past fall, during week two of the course, some of the guys were talking about how religious the area was. I [...]
Son and I taking advantage of warm fall weather. This view became the Jack Mountain logo.
We’ve had a lot of content plagiarized from our website over the years. As a result we created a “name and shame” plagiarism policy, where we publicly call-out the people who do it. And this morning I learned that it had been done by someone I know. Not cool. Compare our course assessment page with [...]
Calm before the storm; cooked for 22 people tonight at the campfire cooking workshop. Good times and good food.
After a lengthy hiatus the JMB podcast is back. In this episode I talk with Derek Faria and Shawn Donnely from The Woodsman School. We're friends and neighbors and discuss what they've been up to, their new website, becoming a Registered Maine Guide, and have a few cheap laughs. a Links from this episode: The [...]
Sublime twilight on Rust Pond. Still water reflects blue sky, makes me reflective too.
Tomorrow night's campfire cooking class is full, but if you're in the area and want to come we could probably squeeze in one more. We'll be covering a variety of topics applicable to the woods cook, including: Building a tripod Gear - wannigans, pots, frying pans Grilling meat in a raquette Dutch oven cooking with [...]