In the September/October 2015...

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  • Master of His Environment..
    An Interview With Mors Kochanski
  • A Tiny House From A Rustic Portable Building
  • Making A Sheath For The Mora Knife
  • The Outhouse Rabbit Ranch
  • The Plains Rifle
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Backwoodsman magazine was started in 1980 and is published bi-monthly. We are dedicated to preserving Old Frontier living, primitive hunting and fishing, tool and weapons lore, and wilderness survival. Each issue includes articles, information and how-to projects associated with this unique period of North American history.

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I built my first log raft on Alaska's Yukon River in 1975. With my Athabaskan friend Art Pitka, I put together a good sized log raft near the mouth of the Nowitna River, loaded it with firewood and rafted it down to Ruby. I got the rafting bug that summer and it was fun and exciting to be out cutting logs and firewood, fishing, hunting and camping. Art and I, along with my friends James Honea and Mark Freshwaters, made a log boom raft later that summer. We cut over 100 logs by hand and rafted them to Ruby. Also, I went upriver alone for logs and electric poles for the village of Ruby. I've built log rafts on several of Alaska's rivers ranging in size from just a few dry spruce logs lashed together for a wild ride down through the canyon rapids on the Melozitna River, to huge rafts with elaborate wall tent camps on the decks for guiding guests down the mighty Yukon. There's nothing like a log raft float down an Alaska river. With some outdoor knowledge and skills, it's not difficult to build a safe, sturdy and comfortable raft for the adventure of a lifetime..
Visit for more information on log rafting in Alaska.

The idea and concept for 'YUKON RIVER RUN', a new tv series airing Mondays 8/9c on The National Geographic Channel© was based upon this article appearing in the July/August 2014 issue (available from Backwoods Mercantile).

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  • Volume I/II  years 1980-1985
        Articles includes: Old Time Woodslore & Survival,
    Homesteading Ideas, Frontier Cutlery and more..
  • Volume III  years 1985-1990
        Articles includes: Primitive Technology, Guns & More, Backwoods Recipes and more..
  • Volume IV  years 1990-1997
        Articles includes: Sylvan Hart-Buckskin Bill, Ron's Primitive Projects, All About Guns and more..
  • Volume V  years 1997-2000
        Articles includes: Solar Food Drying, Self-Reliance, Native American Bows and more..
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