The Outdoorsman’s Workshop by Monte Burch

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From The Archives: 2015

Survival Book Review: Title: The Outdoorsman’s Workshop Author: Monte Burch ISBN: 0-87691-239-0 “Complete, step-by-step instructions in words, photographs, and diagrams for making outdoor accessories, including:

  • Knives and sheaths
  • Backpacks and pack frames
  • Tents and sleeping bags
  • Moccasins
  • Archery equipment
  • Doghouses and kennels
  • Waterfowl blinds

  • Animals calls
  • Ducks and goose decoys
  • Kentucky rifle
  • Fishing rods
  • Fishing lures”

I’m not a big fan on guns. I am not a subscriber to the gun owners club, or anything similar. Maybe because I live in Canada, I really don’t follow the whole gun culture mind set. That being said, I am against the gun registry, it’s a waste of money, and doesn’t help fight illegal guns, and the crimes connected with them. I do believe that we should have the right to bare arms up here in the great white north, but not from an American point of view, I prefer Sweden’s approach. We should all be part of the reserve, and have automatics paid for by the government. OK, enough with the right wing side of my brain…

There are two things people need to learn about everything that has the power to kill, include cars, guns, black powder, swords, and anything else. First, the need to earn the knowledge connected with the physical object.

“The problem with scientific power you’ve used is it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge yourselves, so you don’t take the responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you knew what you had, you patented it, packages it, slapped in on a plastic lunch box, and now you want to sell it.” – Malcolm (Jurassic Park – 1993)

Guns are the same way as anything else, you need to earn the power that comes with them. This book is a start to that, it includes information on how to make a Kentucky rifle. What better way to fully understand the power in your hands then to make it yourself!

The book also covers the topic of making your own bow and arrows, these can be vital for a survivalist, although a Kentucky rifle will take down a prey at a great distance, and if made right with better accuracy.

– Wolfe


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