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July 5, 2016

From whatever materials (leather, metal, wool, wood…), it’s just really satisfying to make something by hand: Challenging at times, empowering, seeking that ideal balance between perfection and beautifully imperfect, building skills, learning secrets, making something beautiful, lasting, and personal. Here some of the things I’ve made. I have also written, performed, and recorded two albums of original music, another form of making.

“Fancy Feast” Alcohol Stove for backpacking (11/17)

About 3 inches wide and 3 inches tall, this stove will boil about 2 cups of water in 6 minutes using denatured alcohol and function in the winter because it uses a carbon felt wick. It’s made from a Fancy Feast cat food can and a tomato paste can cut so that it rises about 1″ above the cat food can. The tomato paste can has a hole in the top for venting and 4 holes in the bottom (not visible in picture) so that alcohol fuel pored in the center leaks through the holes and gets absorbed by the carbon felt wick that wraps the tomato paste can. The tomato paste can is then simply squished down into the Fancy Feast can. For more details on alcohol as a fuel and links to DIY stove-making, see this article.

Open Source Ecology Compressed Earth Brick (CEB) Press and Power Cube (8/17) (details)

Part of the CBE drawer being welded.

Belt (11/16)

Accessories Belt Clip (10/16)

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Hand-carved Spatula Handle (10/16)

I love this old spatula. It deserves a new handle: hand-carved from a log with hand-hammered copper rivets and then hand rubbed with linseed oil.img_8190img_8191

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New handle in foreground, knife used to carve it, old spatula handle to be replaced in the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferrocerium Rod Fire Starter Sheath (10/16)

img_8137This is my version of a Ferro rod sheath inspired by a design from MCQBushcraft. Made from antler, full grain veg-tanned leather, and a medium hard ferrocerium rod (hard enough to last a long time, soft enough to strike relatively easily). Used for bushcraft, camping, and anytime you need a spark.

Spyderco Honing Stone Sheath and Strop (9/16)

Spyderco Honing Stone Sheath and Strop

Spyderco Honing Stone Sheath and Strop

Small Sterling Silver Pendant (8/16)

GPS coordinates and nickname with anniversary date.

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Kama Sheath (8/16)

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Large Sterling Silver Pendant (7/16)

GPS coordinates and nickname with anniversary date.

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“The Badger” Messenger Bag (1/16 – 7/16)

Hand-dyed a custom Cherry Chocolate with Savannah Red accents, this 11″ x 14″ bag is made of full grain vegetable-tanned leather and designed to hold a MacBook Air plus several books. Newspaper pocket in back. Customizable modules hold whatever you wish. Hand-stitched and hand-burnished. Fit with a stainless steel cobra buckle and solid nickel-plated hardware. Made in free time over the course of 6 months.

Front with strap

Badger Messenger Bag: Front

Back

Badger Messenger Bag: Back

 

 

 

Side

Badger Messenger Bag: Side

Strap buckle detail

Badger Messenger Bag: Strap buckle detail

 

Modules

Badger Messenger Bag: Key fob module & Wallet module

Modules Detail

Badger Messenger Bag: Module Detail

 

Inside

Badger Messenger Bag: Inside (with optional module strap)

Handle Detail

Badger Messenger Bag: Handle Detail

Cobra Buckle Detail

Badger Messenger Bag: Front Cobra Buckle Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swiss Army Knife Sheath (10/15)

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Swiss Army Knife Sheath

Sheath for Rumi’s Little Pocket Knife (10/15)

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Rumi’s Sheath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compass or Fire-starter Kit Case (9/15)

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Compass/Fire tin Case

Mora Knife Sheath (9/15)

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Mora Knife Sheath

Journal Cover (8/15)

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Journal Cover

 

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