Category Archives: Resilience

Emergency Car Kit

See parent article on prepping  priorities. The Emergency Car Kit consists of everything in the picture above (stored in a duffle bag in the trunk) and some items stored inside the car (pictured below). You could, of course, just buy a kit from AAA, but as with anything, you get what you pay for. I’m […]

Emergency Communications

See summary parent article on prepping priorities. The two goals for communication are receiving information to learn what you can about the current situation and transmitting information (“I’m here”, “let’s meet there”). (1) Your most powerful communication tool is your cell phone You already know how to use this incredibly helpful device. Consider loading it […]

Emergency Backup Power

See parent article on prepping  priorities. Note that backup power is related to communication (a large priority because you’ll want to find your family in an emergency, learn what is going on, and call for help if needed). Summary: 3 systems can be used solo or in conjuction with one another: (1) Generator and/or (2) […]

A Psychopathic President, Staying Awake, and One Planet Thriving

A psychopath is going to the white house. Four lessons to learn and act on.

Levels of Resilience: Eggs in one basket?

How resilient do you want to be? Spread you bets among 6 levels of resilience according to how probable a particular worldview is and how confident you are about that probability.

Restoring Forests and Communities: Willie Smits

Willie Smits, born in the Netherlands but living in (and citizen of) Indonesea for the past 35 years, works in tropical Indonesia to re-establish not only forests which then increase rainfall by 25% (using only 5,000 acres) but also the communities needed to make those forests permanent. Resources to learn more (but also see below): […]

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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.

I’d encourage everyone to make something. If you want help or advice or you want me to make something for you, let me know.

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.

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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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The Big 9: Solutions for a Functional Future

Overview of solutions for shelter, food, heat, social technologies, tools, and a list of people putting it all together.