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. 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. 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. 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. 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. That's about it. Thanks for looking folks.