Way of the Raven

2020 03-19

Fortifying Your Home for High Winds

High Winds During HurricaneFortifying Your Home for High Winds

Wind can come in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, microbursts or downdrafts. There are high winds and gusts in some instances that last just a few minutes, and there are sustaining winds that may last for days. While wind can be a powerful asset, it can also pose a significant danger at times. On an individual basis, it can be valuable to understand the impact of high winds and how we can best protect our homes and personal property from wind damage. There are many ways to reinforce a home against wind damage — some are simple enough to DIY while others may require professional assistance. (more…)

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2020 03-06

Building Construction in Ancient Times, Survival Shelters For Today

All around the world in the archaeological record, explorers’ notes and among Native American as well as all around the world we see structures that still stand the test of time. Maybe they haven’t survived physically because thy were made of natural materials that decay with time. Most of these primitive structures have vanished with the people who built them. However, in a survival situation or an off grid fortress they still are viable options and well worth learning about. This article focuses on the many shelters noted through time. Maybe try to build one for yourself! Let me know how it goes.

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2020 02-14

Miscellaneous Useful Notes

I have associated with some of the best survival skills people in the world in my life so in this blog  I have decided to share a bunch of miscellaneous notes on various topics. Perhaps some of you will recognize some of these names. (more…)

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2019 12-20

Preparing Your Home For Any Natural Disaster

How to Prepare Your Home For TornadoesBy Gabe Turner
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but there are a ton of things that can go wrong in life, whether it’s a landslide full of debris, a tornado or hurricane, or even extreme heat or cold, which could be deadly. That’s why it’s important to protect your home, not only with a home security system, but also from various types of disasters. But with so many different disasters, it can be hard exactly to know what to prepare for, and how to prepare.

This article will break down every type of disaster that could happen to you and your home in the United States, explaining exactly what the disaster is, how likely it is going to happen to you depending on where you live, and what exactly you can do to prepare your home. There’s no time like the present, so let’s get started! (more…)

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2019 10-08

Arkansas Archaeology

      From M. R. Harrington 1960

Arkansas has many interesting archaeological sites. The Arkansas bluff dwellers are of particular interest to me. Their atlatl style is very unique. Note the finger rest peg that goes all the way through the atlatl (See illustration of Bluff dweller.). The Parkin Site is a key site in understanding Hernando De Soto’s travels in the 1500s. The article below by Jeffrey Mitchem is very informative. I also found a great article on line worth reading called Beyond Bluff Dwellers and the accompanying website is also fascinating. 

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2019 08-27

Low Budget Camping

 

By Christopher Nyerges

Low budget camping? How about no budget camping. A skilled person doesn’t need everything in the outdoor store to have a good time. Christopher Nyerges, long time friend and one of the most knowledgeable people I know talks about how to do just that in this blog.. A great teacher and has written many articles for many magazines and websites. Christopher Nyerges is the author of numerous books on the outdoors, including Testing Your Outdoor Survival Skills and Guide to Wild Foods.  He has led wilderness trips since 1974, and has written weekly outdoor newspaper columns for over 15 years. (more…)

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2019 07-25

Trapping

TRUE PRIMITIVE TRAPPING SKILLS
By Roger Bunch

Trapping or snaring is a simple process. Your goal is to capture, hold, contain, or kill the intended target species. Without the use of real traps or snares, you have to use your head and rely on primitive trapping skills. You have to know and understand the animals. The better your understanding of the wildlife, the better trapper you will become. The better trapper you are the better your chances at survival.

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2019 06-25

Tanning Hides With Nature’s Tools

This article was reprinted from a newsletter I used to do called TRIBE. It is a great article by Jim Miller on hide tanning.

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2019 06-13

Predicting The Weather With Natural Signs

 

Image result for weathermanBy Benjamin Raven Pressley

 

Don’t you just love weather forecasts? It is the only job you can be wrong 90% of the time and still keep your job, right? If you are outdoors much you will not always have the luxury of tuning into a weather forecast anyway. So you need to be able to read natural signs. There are many methods of reading the natural signs around you that you can predict weather by. These are reliable and time tested signs. Here are a few: (more…)

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2019 03-13

Raven’s Calendar of Classes Is Here!

I am excited to announce my calendar of classes for the year! I have hooked up with Off The Grid With Tap3x (more…)

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