Skidger Xtreme Weeder


My new favorite weeding hoe.

This replaces my hula hoe which I have used for over 40 years.

The point on this hoe with the wider flat surface makes it easier to skim close to the surface of the soil. The angled cutting surfaces cut weeds more easily than the flat face of the hula hoe.

When I am finished using the hoe I reshape both edges with an M.T.D. 100 grit triangular diamond file. I like the rough edge that the 100 grit triangular diamond file leaves on the cutting edge. This rough edge makes it cut through very fibrous material more easily than with a polished edge.


Flint and Steel

I used a piece of an old file as my Steel. The Flint are various stones found in small creeks: agate, granular quartz, crystalline quartz, jasper, and chert.

The tin contains charred 100% cotton cloth and charred loblolly pine punk wood. I wait for the woodpeckers to tear the old log apart; when they can tear chunks out of the log it is good punk wood.

Double Bit Cruiser Axe

Stamped “Vaughan Value Brand” Double Bit Cruiser Axe.

Cruiser: one who estimates the potential lumber yield from the standing timber on a specific tract of land and may mark out routes for accessing the area. (also: estimator)

Cruiser’s axe: a small version of a double bit axe designed to make markings by slashing the bark such as when blazing. (also: timber cruiser’s axe)

My wife found this beauty at a yard sale and brought it home for me.

It weighs 4 lbs. on the nose; with a new 22″ long handle which has been shortened from standard length. I swing this one handed like a hatchet or tomahawk. One edge is a slim profile for chopping the other is blunt for splitting.

I will drive one bit into a fallen log and baton wood into it to split it.

Handmade Knife

I made this from a Nicholson file that I used for over forty years to sharpen my outdoor tools. I put on cherry handles and preserved them with Tung oil which I use on all my wood handle outdoor tools. By the way the knife is stuck into some loblolly pine fatwood from the eastern shore of Maryland. This is a working knife so the finish isn’t super shiny.



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Say Something With Your Whole Being

Say Something With Your Whole Being

“When you say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being, not just with your mouth or your intellect, it can transform the world”. Thich Nhat Hanh

I have a cat named “Lil Kitty” who has taught me great lessons. I call her a high “needs” kitty; because when I sit down in the house, at the computer or on the toilet, she is right there to be petted and scratched.

This “need” is really her way of saying “I need you to say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being”. When I am present and give her attention she purrs and half closes her eyes in a state of bliss. When I am not present she will first rub up against me; if I continue to ignore her she will eventually stand up on her hind legs and slowly sink her front claws into my thigh.

Why is it so easy to say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being to an animal rather than a human being?

Well, human beings collect “alleged” offences from other humans and then view these same humans from the “gunnysack” of offences.

Animals don’t collect “alleged” offences from humans and then view these same humans from the “gunnysack” of offences.

A cat is very good at living in the present moment. If you don’t catch a cat at the exact moment of doing something you don’t want it to do; you cannot reprimand it. It will just look at you in an aloof fashion like saying “I would never do that”.

Our pets have an instinct that I call a “forget-ory”. Yell at your pet and they might cringe away for a short while; but they will be right back shortly.

Humans could use a “forget-ory”.

Our pets are world champions at being optimists. On their first approach to you when you get home they will expect only the good and best from you.

We should be more like our pets; find a human and say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being it will transform your world.