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Join me as we get our hands dirty. Whether it's farm and garden work, construction and carpentry, cooking and food preservation, or bushcraft and survival skills, you will find something that inspires your creativity. We learn from some true masters of their crafts. Other times we jump head-first into a project, figuring it out as we go. We explore an endless variety of skills, trades, and crafts using both traditional and modern tools and methods.
 
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I don't care for liver. I also don't like to waste anything, especially meat from an animal. I had two pork livers in the freezer though and needed something to do with them. Various sausages are a great way to use some of those cuts of meat that some of us don't really enjoy. Today, we're making cajun boudin, which uses pork liver, and tastes amaz…
 
Have you ever seen a preacher pounding on a Bible and yelling that we're all going to burn in hell because we're not following some obscure law given to the ancient Israelites thousands of years ago? I know I have, and I didn't like it much. In this episode, we take a look at how to actually place some of those ancient texts into a realistic histor…
 
Last time we talked about preparations for getting out on the road in the winter and the things you need to know about your vehicle. This time, we get into specific safety gear for winter driving, treating a road incident as a survival situation, vehicle handling tips, and how to get yourself or someone else out of a snow drift and back onto the ro…
 
Here's a quick and easy cooking project that will really impress your friends and family. We're making empanadas! Empanadas are a Latin American handheld "meat pie." In the episode, we cover how to make your own tortillas from scratch, options for filling the empanadas, and how to succeed at frying them. For a more detailed recipe on empanada filli…
 
With many of us considering resolutions for the new year, let's talk about a unique fitness option. We're talking sandbags! The functional fitness advantages and versatility of an exercise sandbag might really surprise you. In this episode, we'll talk about why sandbags make such great home gym equipment, what they can do for you, what I'm using, a…
 
We're tackling some new aquarium projects. Existing tanks need some work. Why are the tilapia growing so slowly? Why did I have a giant black algae bloom in the tetra tank? Are algae blooms bad for fish? Why did my cherry shrimp stop breeding? In addition to addressing these questions, we have some old tanks that we're repairing and getting up and …
 
Today, you get to come along with me as we take a look at a bunch of different ongoing projects. Sometimes things work well, sometimes they don't. Sometimes we have to adjust our tactics, but we always learn. In this episode, we'll talk about some habitat restoration work, aquaponics, gardening, fitness, growing mushrooms, home construction, and ot…
 
This week, we continue our discussion of my top-10 bushcraft skills. We cover the next four skills on my list. Many people carry 550 cord, but how do you actually use it? Can you tie a knot that you'd bet your life on? How scared of grizzly bears should you be? How do you even choose where to pitch your tent? What happens if you need to cross a str…
 
More bonus content! We're back to our regular three items for the monthly bonus episodes- pro tip, book recommendation, and challenge. This month, we talk about how to light a match like a boss. Our book of the month is "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy. The challenge for the month is to do something you've never done before.…
 
In recent years, "rucking" has become a popular form of exercise. For many decades, the ruck march, rucksack, and rucking were terms only heard in a military context. The benefits of rucking for exercise, though, apply to everyone, so let's talk about how to start rucking safely, the gear you'll need, and how to track your progress.…
 
In this episode, we're talking about talking. I was recently invited to give a talk, so there's a bit of work that goes into preparing for it. Just like many of my other projects, I wanted to bring you along for the actual process of putting the talk together. In this first part of the series, we go over some tips on getting over your fear of publi…
 
Today, we're planning out our food forest. What is a food forest? Basically, it's a method of creating a forest habitat where you get to step back and just be a hunter-gatherer. We talk about why this is a good idea for you, how it helps your local ecosystem, and how it helps the planet.By Isaac Gordon
 
We're tackling the next step in dog training. Everyone loves a dog with good manners- greeting strangers politely without jumping, no excessive barking, coming when called, not pulling on the leash, and so-on. Dogs don't naturally exhibit good human manners though; they're dogs, so they exhibit natural dog behavior. It's our job as trainers to teac…
 
Here's your bonus content for the month! As always, we cove a pro tip, book recommendation, and monthly challenge. The pro tip is how to keep ice in milk jugs to make your freezer run more efficiently AND have it on hand for preserving your wild harvest. The book is "The Toilers of the Sea" or "Les Travailleurs de la Mer" by Victor Hugo. The challe…
 
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