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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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Three Distinct Knocks

Wor. David Riley and Bro. Nicholas Harvey

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We believe that Freemasonry provides a genuine initiatory experience and a pathway to mature masculinity. The Gentle Craft brings together men who might have otherwise been divided by class, race, religion, or sectarian opinion and allows them to become friends and Brothers. It provides important moral instruction and non-dogmatic support for faith in the Divine. It gives men a sense of their place in society, in history, and in the universe. Freemasonry is not only relevant for men in our m ...
 
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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…
 
There's something beautifully simple about life at sea. The idea of casting off and sailing the world on your own boat may seem far-fetched, but it's actually well within reach for most of us. In the first installment, we covered the hardware that you'll need (a seaworthy sailing vessel). In this installment, we cover how to gain the knowledge and …
 
Ajax and Aura are growing like crazy and making great progress in their training. Last time, we talked about bringing new puppies home and some of the very first things to start working on with your furry friend. This time, we progress to basic obedience skills and commands, everything your dog needs to know to be a great family pet.…
 
I thought we should do something special to commemorate our 100th episode, but a top-100 countdown was just going to take too long. Let's talk about ten things that I use every day, why I use them, and how you can go about selecting some of these items for yourself. Be ready, be resilient, be effective.…
 
Today we launch a long-term project. We're beginning the training process for two German Shepherd puppies. We're using Zak George's "Dog Training Revolution" training program, and we've already seen some spectacular results. Whether you're training a puppy right now, thinking about getting a puppy, adopting an adult dog, or dealing with some behavi…
 
Yay! More free bonus content! As always, we have three items to cover for the monthly bonus episode. The tip for the month is to avoid injury by implementing a daily stretch routine. Our book of the month is "Kettlebell, Simple and Sinister" by Pavel Tsatsouline. Our level-one monthly challenge is to start that daily stretch routine. If you want to…
 
Let's have a conversation about having a conversation. We go way beyond what you may have learned in Junior High speech class. In part one of this discussion, we cover several tips and tactics, cognitive biases, and heuristics. All of these will make you a better communicator whether you're speaking or listening.…
 
I'm learning how to cook with my new wok. This is actually really fun, and there are so many different things you can do with a wok. We cover some of the different types of woks you might encounter while choosing one for yourself, similarities and differences between woks and cast iron pans, the seasoning process, different cooking methods, and of …
 
We cover our normal three items for the monthly bonus content- a pro tip, a book recommendation, and a personal challenge. This month, the tip is how to efficiently carry duct tape with your outdoor gear. Our book recommendation is "The Dichotomy Of Leadership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. The challenge is to identify a weakness in yourself and…
 
The project for the episode is making home made corned beef... actually venison... whatever... get over it. Also, we chat about some of the history of the Saints of the early church: Patrick (of course), Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint Columba, Saint Brigit of Kildare... Really though, I give you a step-by-step method for making your own corned b…
 
Let's face it, most of us love playing pool, but we aren't very good. In this two-part series, we talk all about pool. By the way, what is the difference between billiards and pool? I'll answer that along with many other questions. We'll cover some of the history of pool, how to repair pool cues, how to play pool with an odd number of players, five…
 
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