November/December 2013 Features
Do It Yourself Ancient Artifacts...by Jim Ballou
- My guess is that a good number of The Backwoodsman readers are just like me in the sense that we tend to be attracted
to old-fashioned rustic things, and many of us keep our thoughts occupied much of the time with old world ways of doing things.
We find ourselves drawn to the tools and equipment of earlier times, and I suspect that most of us would probably collect valuable
antiques to decorate our homes, farms, and backwoods cabins if we had the money.
One Way To Make An Antler Priming Flask...by B.K. Webb
- I have a friend who is getting into flintlocks and buckskinning. To help him get his gear together, I thought I would make him a
priming horn. After looking through my box of horns I found that I have a few cow horns that would make good powder horns but I don't
have any that would make priming horns. I do have some antlers that will work and be a nice unique gift for a good friend, so that's
what I'm going to use.
Black Powder Revolver Snake Shot Loads...by J. Houseman
- There has been some discussion of the practicality of loading a cap and ball revolver with birdshot for defense against poisonous snakes.
My speculation on the subject was that the limited chamber capacity would just not afford room for an effective combination of powder, wads and
shot. But why speculate? Why not conduct a simple little test. I chose to use my replica 1860 Colt Army .44 caliber revolver.
Making the Rawhide Canteen...by Shelby Howell
- In Texas, and other parts of the world, carrying water was an absolute necessity if you wanted to survive. The pioneers and adventurers were
on their own and often had to use what they had available. Gourds were a natural for carrying water and the folks in Texas found them to be easy to use.
Without going into great detail, Bigfoot Wallace, a famed Texas Ranger, made and sold gourd canteens during his early years.
Bowie Knives For The Backwoods...by Dan Schechtman
- Recently, I was in one of those big knife, small knife debates and the usual cliches were being tossed about. "A big knife can do all the work of a small
knife but a small knife can't do the work of a big knife." "only a tenderfoot carries a big knife." "The bigger the knife the bigger the fool." These are some
of the gems of wisdom that a guy hears time and again in such discussions. I see both sides of the argument but in my heart I just dig big knives so I do my
best to persuade my buddies that the big knife rules the back country.
Making Braided Rope From Leather Lacings...by Jeffrey Lozo
- The first part of this article will show how to make leather lacing, and the second part will show how to use those lacings to fashion a braided rope. I won't
try to list all the uses for leather lacing, but I will say that knowing how to make them is a valuable skill to have.