From my first memories of catching bluegill with my “Pa” and learning to shoot from my father to today’s deer hunting, I’ve spent the better part of the last thirty-eight years in the mountains of West Virginia dedicated to a life in the outdoors. I’ve studied fieldcraft and techniques since I was a young boy and continue to devote hours to better honing my skills as a woodsman.
I’ve had many backwoods mentors. My grandfather, my cousin, plenty of friends and quite a few books. But I am particularly fond of George Washington Sears and his “Woodcraft and Camping” as well as his “Rough Notes from the Woods.” Not only does he provide excellent advice for smoothing it in the wild, he writes with an attitude and voice that I particularly enjoy. I have read from many other writers of the time and genre but have always went back to the “Old Woodsman” for enjoyable reading.
I strive to incorporate the old-fashioned way of doing things in the wild with an understanding that some new equipment and ideas are useful as well. That being said, I am not much of a gadget or gizmo kind of woodsman. I don’t need to have the latest and greatest to have an enjoyable experience in the wild.
A few of the things I love:
My wife, my children, camping, hunting, fishing, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, reading, writing prose, writing poetry, painting, playing guitar, sketching, music, pipe-smoking and tinkering.