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Mar 24, 2015

Why Every Man Should Eschew Political Correctness

“Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Writer and Statesman, 1749 – 1832 As a kid I do not remember ever hearing the phrase “politically correct”. Perhaps it was because I was raised in a small town, ...

Mar 23, 2015

How to Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades

Some time ago I was in a hardware store and an associate told me I should bring in my mower blades to have them sharpened as they “had a machine to make them razor-sharp.” I remember thinking, “Why would I want them to be razor-sharp? It’s a lawn mower for crying out loud. I’m ...

Feb 11, 2015

The U.S. Navy SEALs Physical Screening Test

The question then becomes, if you wanted to join the U.S. Navy SEALs today, would you be able to pass the minimum physical requirements? See how your results compare with those of actual SEALs who complete the physical screening test.

Jan 5, 2015

How to Frame a Coffee Sack with Pallet Boards

If you like coffee, and I know you do, and you like rustic, manly, hardwood, hand-made wares to adorn your roost, this project is for you! Here is how to frame a coffee sack with pallet boards.

Dec 22, 2014

4 Camping Tricks with Forked Sticks

A forked stick has a number of uses, particularly around the campfire. Here are a four ways you can use them as mentioned in Outdoor Life’s Complete Book of Camping (1971). How to Use Forked Sticks Around the Campfire Trick 1: Securing a Dingle Stick A dingle stick is used to hold ...

Dec 17, 2014

How to Tie the Whip Knot

The Whip or Whipping Knot is one of the first knots you will learn in scouts because it is so versatile and so easy. It can be used to “whip rope” as shown in the illustrations below — a technique used to prevent further fraying of rope ends — or to lash items together and ...

Dec 11, 2014

Why Every Man Should Keep a Handwritten Journal

Sometimes the day goes by — or the week(s) — and you can’t remember anything of significance that took place. We find ourselves saying, “Is it really December already?” or “Where did the year go?” or "When did my kids grow up?" These types of questions are just a part of why every man should keep a handwritten journal.

Dec 8, 2014

The History of Flannel (and Why Men Love It!)

“Man at his birth is content with a little milk and a piece of flannel; so we begin, then presently find kingdoms not enough for us.” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher, 4 BC-65 AD There may be no apparel which so closely relates to manliness as flannel. A man clad in that thick ...

Nov 26, 2014

How to Smoke a Turkey on a Weber Charcoal Grill

I have to say, while I enjoy turkey in just about any form, smoked turkey is still my favorite. Bringing in that bird off the grill, with the browned skin, bathed in smoke for hours, is such a treat for the family and friends. Here is a quick “how-to” guide for smoking your turkey.

Nov 26, 2014

How to Tie a Surgeon’s Knot

The Surgeon’s Knot was developed as it is named, by surgeons. They found this knot to be particularly useful in holding together thread that had become slippery from blood and tissue. The extra ‘over and under’ pass holds the thread together while the final knot loop is being tied. I decided to do a quick article ...

Nov 7, 2014

Jack Pine Savage Venison Roast Recipe

If you are like a lot of modern, suburban men, the venison you have, like other wild game meat, is a prized possession. Deer meat can only be acquired a few months out of the year and if you take into account the few times you may get to hunt and the fewer ...

Oct 15, 2014

Firewood Fundamentals

“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father The beginning of fall is the perfect time of year to begin planning for firewood. The weather is starting to cool, inviting men to hunt, ...
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