Back in the Eastern Hardwoods

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  1. Expo 6

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    Last week, I traveled back to East TN and the woods where I spend my childhood learning bushcraft. After a few meetings at UT in Knoxville I managed to spend two nights out in the old hardwoods near where my parents still live. I prefer to be fully in the moment so I don't take many pictures on the rare occasions I get to do something like this. Here are a few though.

    Standing dead cedar is the construction material of choice out here. It's abundant, straight, and easy to work with. My game plan was to make a simple tarp shelter using a tripod and a ridge pole.
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    Here is the timber. Three shorter poles for the tripod. One long pole for the ridge pole. It took me about 25 minutes to locate, fell, limb, and cut these to size. I used the Rinaldi Calabria hand axe pictured above. It's a solid tool that I would highly recommend.
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    I used the Rinaldi to harvest a large stack of dead standing hickory fire wood as well. It handled the felling and bucking easily. Here is one tree after being processed. It was ~15 feet tall and in took about 10 minutes to process.
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    Here is the finished shelter with reflector wall and fire. I didn't get any shots of my sleeping kit, but it was minimal. Just a thermarest pad and light down bag.
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    A cup of pine needle tea as I waited for the fire to burn down to cooking coals. Not a bad way to end the day.
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    That's about it. Thanks for looking folks.
     
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  2. Grouse Hunter

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    Great pics, nice camp. Like the ax. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. sons of scotland

    sons of scotland Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    now thats how you set up a camp/shelter, great job on that.
     
  4. FIELDCRAFTLTC

    FIELDCRAFTLTC Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    A very nice camp set up you have there. Nicely done.
     
  5. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    That looked like a lot of fun!
     
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  6. Bobsdock

    Bobsdock Still going Supporter

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    Nice camp brother.
     
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  7. wvridgerunner

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    Nice camp setup and ax. Skilled setup
     
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  8. kcardwel

    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    nice camp; I like to do my tarp the same way...good pattern I feel...thanks for showing your stuff
     
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  9. Mr. Tettnanger

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    Nice camp outing!

    Thanks for sharing
     
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  10. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17-MYOG #71- Supporter Bushclass I

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    Nice setup and to have a jaunt in the old familiar.

    Thanks for remembering the photos!
     
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  11. Affl1ction

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    Great trip, sweet spot there
     
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  12. CoolBreeze135

    CoolBreeze135 Scholarly Woodsman Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Right in my neck of the woods! Looks like a good outing. I like the tarp setup.
     
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  13. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Thanks for sharing! Nice pics and beautiful area. :)
     
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  14. atlastrekker

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    Great outing! Thanks for bringing me along!
     
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    Thanks for taking us along....great set up, nice ax....looks like a great, relaxing time!
     
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  16. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog In the Forest Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    Cool setup
     

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