shop news: sneak peek … bushcraft basics

Sneak peek of new things soon winging their way to us from Arctic Scandinavia:

Sami Kuska: traditional handcrafted Arctic birch burl camping cup with reindeer leather lanyard, made by Sami craftsmen in Finland

Firestriker: weather-proof 12000+ steel striker with curly birchwood handle & reindeer leather lanyard, made by Sami craftsmen in Sweden

Stay tuned for superb new KUPILKA too, designed by Finnish eco-innovative architect Heikki Koivurova …!

sherwood forest: of silver birch & golden arrows …

‘…the arrow with the golden head
And shaft of silver white …’

‘Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow’, Child Ballad 152

Photos …
1: ‘English Longbow’ via Wildwood Traditional Archery
2: ‘Handcrafted Quiver’ by Juri via Paleoplanet Archery
3: ‘Wedge Tail Arrows’ via Wildwood Traditional Archery
4: ‘Gold Arrowhead’ via Phokion’s flickr

the tree of life: methuselah & metaphor

From top, a trio of the most ancient, magnificent living things:

1: ‘Old Tjikko; this ancient, 16-foot tall Norway spruce lives in the scrubby Fulufjället Mountains in Sweden … at 9,550 years, it is the oldest single-stemmed clonal tree, and took root not long after the glaciers receded from Scandinavia after the last ice age ‘ …. photo via Leif Kullman, the geographer who discovered it in 2008 …

2: ‘Pando; not technically the oldest individual tree, but a 105-acre clonal colony of Quaking Aspen in Utah, genetically identical trees connected by a single root system … the “trembling giant” began life at least 80,000 years ago, when our human ancestors were still living in Africa … some estimate the woodland could be as old as 1 million years, which would mean Pando predates the earliest Homo sapiens by 800,000 years ‘ … photo via Darkmatter’s flickr …

3: The ‘true’ Methuselah’s location is kept secret; ‘Bristlecone Pine, far out on a ridge near the Patriarch Grove, White Mountains, California’ … ‘the world’s oldest individual tree lives 10,000 feet above sea level in the Inyo National Forest, California … a staggering 4,765 years old ‘ … photo via walking along’s flickr …

“The affinities of all the beings of the same class have sometimes been represented by a great tree. I believe this simile largely speaks the truth” … and “… I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications.”
—Darwin, 1872 [7]

Trio of illustrations, to bottom, where the evolutionary concept of the ‘Tree of Life’ takes root:

1: ‘Charles Darwin’s 1837 sketch, his first diagram of an evolutionary tree from his First Notebook on Transmutation of Species (1837) on view at the the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan’, via here

2: ‘The Tree of Life as seen by Ernst Haeckel in the The Evolution of Man (1879)’, via here … ‘Haeckel showed a main trunk leading to mankind with minor branches to various animals, unlike Darwin’s branching evolutionary tree [157]’ …

3: ‘Ramification of a Banyan Tree drawn from Nature 1778/Banyan Tree with many trunks – W Stoker, D Redman, after J Forbes 1811’; the original painting appears to be unattributed … yet seems to best illustrate the metaphor of Darwin’s ‘Tree of Life’, 59 years prior to his own famous sketch … via National Library of Australia

And, a trio of superb essays on the recent ramifications of the ‘Tree of Life’ metaphor

… 2011 is also International Year of Forests … for all things arboreal, possibly in your neck of the woods, visit Festival of the Trees …!

shop news: recent sighting … a tiny ‘secret sale’ …!

Sasquatch {‘Sesquac’, from the Salish legends of the Pacific Northwest}, a.k.a. Bigfoot; Frame 352 from the Patterson-Gimlin film, 1967

For all the kind folks who come sightseeing here often … Tinder is having a tiny ‘secret sale’ … now afoot in the shop

Logmatic Splitting Baskets, Stanley Lt Ed Bottles, Fashy Hotties, Name a Star … to name a few …!

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