New Life For An Old Double Bit

Back in December, after scanning ebay for quality, inexpensive axe heads, I landed a great deal with a gentleman from Idaho. He was selling an unmarked Michigan pattern double-bit for $20.80 with free shipping. Aside from some minor pitting and surface rust, a few chips on one of the blades, and some dings from a … Continue reading New Life For An Old Double Bit

Refurbishing An Old Crosscut Saw: Part 1

Originally, I planned on doing this in one article, but realistically, it would be a lengthy read - I think it is better to upload this project in a 2 or 3 part series. This is a learning process for me, and up until I worked with the Forest Service to help manage wilderness areas, … Continue reading Refurbishing An Old Crosscut Saw: Part 1

Rambling About Vintage Axes

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." ~ Abraham Lincoln This post has been "in the works" for awhile, mainly to address the frustration some people have expressed in buying old axes. I hope that the suggestions and tips mentioned here will be … Continue reading Rambling About Vintage Axes

DIY Ultralight Esbit/Hexamine Stove

In my Yuletide Ives' Trail Winter Hike article, I mentioned the use of Esbit/hexamine stoves as an effective means for cooking meals in extreme conditions. This post is a follow-up and I will go through the process of making a DIY Esbit burner that is very light, so that my readers will be able to … Continue reading DIY Ultralight Esbit/Hexamine Stove

Rejuvenating a Leather Shearling Jacket

Of the many possessions my brother's godfather owned that were handed down when he passed-on several years ago, one thing that really stood out had to be an old sheepskin shearling jacket. You can tell a lot about a man (or woman) about the clothes he (or she) wears. He had an eye for quality, … Continue reading Rejuvenating a Leather Shearling Jacket