American Bushman

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

Friday, January 28, 2011

Have You Ever Worn Out a Book?

I have.

It was Ellsworth Jaeger's "Wildwood Wisdom" and I just got a replacement copy from Amazon a few days ago.

The combination of information, easy to read illustrations, and price make it an unbeatable companion for anybody that loves the outdoors and the skills of bushcraft.

The book has been a source of information for projects from making Jake's Native American diorama (teepee layout) to the crooked knife handle and blade making instructions.

This is one of those books that is often overlooked in favor of Kochanski, Mears, Kephart, Sears, and others but it's certainly every bit as helpful and entertaining.

If you don't have a copy, get one. I think my replacement was about $9 from Amazon and it's brand new.

Thanks for reading,



B

3 Comments:

At 7:46 AM, Blogger sam_acw said...

It is really good, I think perhaps the more cartoony illustrations mean people dismiss it.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Perkunas said...

Well thats something id like to own too indeed !

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another good one I like is Paul Tawrell's CAMPING AND WILDERNESS SURVIVAL - a lot of old time wisdom found in those pages as well.

My gripe is the old books are they seem to be geared for the Northern Big Woods areas. For locations like mine (southern Wild Horse Desert in deep south Texas), there are some differences, especially when it comes to wild water sources. David Alloway's book was pretty helpful there, (RIP David).

But plenty to be mined out of them anyway.

 

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