This past weekend we hosted the RISD : Digital + Media graduate students. It was an honor to share a camp with so many talented artists. We had a blast teaching them about survival and spending an overnight together in the New England Woods. They all did a fantastic job. On top of that they did … Continue reading RISD Digital + Media Survival Training
Happy Labor Day! With Hermine at the doorstep I hope my fellow Southern New Englanders are hunkered down inside with their families today. Some of you might have seen the post on our FaceBook page where I recently purchased a copy of Tim Smith's The Woods Cook, Outdoor Cooking With A Professional Guide. I bought it mainly because … Continue reading Book Review: “The Woods Cook”
I started this post last winter before my old computer died. I’m inside working on the new computer today so I’ve finally decided to dust this document off and finish it up. Hope you enjoy! I hadn’t been up to New Hampshire to see my buddy and mentor Derek Faria since early last spring so … Continue reading Ice Fishing and Overnighter (February 2016)
The Summer Basic Survival Course has come and gone. We were fortunate again to have a great crew. The jokes, laughs and camaraderie flowed naturally. Everyone was a quick learner and passed each task presented, coaching each other along in the process. I hope to see everyone around the campfire again soon!
I don’t like carrying a lot of weight around, unevenly distributed across one shoulder. I’ve gone on more than one hike or scout before and come back feeling a little sore and crooked. A small backpack solves this problem but they don’t let my back breathe well and I end up with a wet, sweaty … Continue reading What To Carry?
Journal Notes: A fungus that is parasitic on birch and other trees, known for its medicinal properties. The sterile conk is irregular in shape and looks like burnt charcoal. This isn’t the fruiting part of the fungus but a mass of mycelium (vegetative matter). The fruiting body will usually appear after the tree is dead. It … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga
Journal Notes: February 13, 2016 - From around 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM temperature dropped from 17 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit as recorded in nearby Laconia, NH. Westerly wind was blowing steady at 15 mph with gusts around 25 mph or more. 9°F x 25 mph wind = -12.1°F (feels like) Ice was 8 or more inches thick average. … Continue reading Ice Fishing, Lake Wentworth, NH
Journal Notes: Birch sap can be collected in a similar manner to Maple sap, except about a month later and it usually only flows for about a month. The sap also needs to be gathered about three times more often than maple sap. The Sweet Birch has a smooth bark with distinct horizontal lines. In … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months
In my last post I mentioned the founder of Providence, Roger Williams. However he was not the first European to settle in Rhode Island. That title belongs to Rev. William Blaxton. William Blaxton was an Anglican Priest who was frustrated with the established Church of England. This resulted in him leaving England and serving as … Continue reading Woods of the Past #2 – Rev. William Blaxton, a New England Pioneer
Many people think of pre-colonial New England as an “untouched” wilderness; however the various Native American people who lived here were excellent farmers and land managers. Primary sources tell us, when the first Europeans began to arrive, they found acres upon acres of land cleared for agricultural purposes and paths through the woods, which were routinely … Continue reading Woods of the Past #1 – Intro