I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel more connected to my activities when I make the accoutrements to go with that skill or activity. I enjoy my black powder shooting a lot more when I’m using little bits of gear that I have made – like a buckskin shot pouch or a hand forged patch knife. I like my bushcraft more when I’m eating from a wooden bowl that I carved, next to a fire kindled from one of my homemade flint and steel sets. I like my trailside snacks a lot more when they’re tender bits of jerky that I dried out at home. Yes, it takes time to make these things (no drone is going to drop them off at your doorstep), and sometimes the stuff can look a little rough around the edges (or very rough around the edges), but who cares!
It’s something you made for yourself, for the greater enjoyment of your outdoor pursuits – and I say we could use a little more of that in these crazy modern times. So make something for yourself, and make it great!
And if that’s not enough, you can:
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