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Secrets of Bowdrill Success book

Secrets of Bowdrill Success: Your Comprehensive Guide to Rubbing Two Sticks Together

 By Julie Martin

The most comprehensive book on Bowdrill, with over 150 pages of information and instruction, and over 200 photos to guide you on your path to Bowdrill success.

Bowdrill is not that hard. In fact, it’s actually pretty easy. Once you understand the Secrets and the Science behind the skill, you too will be able to make a bowdrill coal virtually every single time. Bowdrill is both Reliable and Consistent, and in spite of what you may have seen on TV, it doesn’t take a lot of strength, effort or energy.

Learn how to size your entire bowdrill kit to YOU, how to choose the right diameter of bowdrill spindle (a KEY aspect of success!), how to understand what your dust is telling you, how to create a coal with very little effort, and much more. When you understand both HOW and WHY bowdrill works you will also understand what goes wrong when it doesn’t, and how to FIX it!

Natural vs. nylon cordage, kits made off-the-landscape or from purchased lumber, the anatomy of a coal as it comes to life, photos and descriptions of exactly how to carve your notch, two-stick and notchless fireboards, step-by-step instructions on proper form and how to make a coal… all of this and more are explained in detail in the comprehensive guide to Simple, Reliable and Consistent Bowdrill, Every Single Time.

Available in both Full Color and Black & White photos

FULL COLOR  $24.95
BLACK & WHITE  $14.95

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Acorn Recipe book

Acorn: Recipes for the Forgotten Food

By Julie Martin & Eddie Starnater

Everywhere there are oak trees, at one time or another, people ate acorn. For many indigenous people across North America and around the world, acorn was a staple food. Today, much of that important food history has been forgotten and many people now believe that this once sacred food is inedible. This book aims to change all that!

Acorn is a delicious, nutritious and extremely versatile food that is high in protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and is gluten-free. While it does take a little bit of work to prepare, the end result is absolutely, positively, 100% worth it!

The step-by-step instructions on gathering and preparing acorn will show you just how quick and easy it can be to make acorn flour in your own kitchen with no special equipment, and our Easy-leach Cold Process method of tannin removal that is done right on your kitchen countertop while you are asleep and at work, will have you ready to prepare your own Acorn dishes in no time flat!

Far more than just a “Survival” food, this book contains 25 of our absolute favorite Acorn recipes. From breakfast cereal and muffins to chicken fingers and falafel, to banana bread and cheesecake, Acorn will take your cooking, baking and eating to a whole new level of delicious!


Want to know more about Processing Acorn?
Check out our on-demand course:

Acorn: Processing & Preparing the Forgotten Food

Principles of Natural Camouflage book

Principles of Natural Camouflage: The Art of Invisibility

By Eddie Starnater

There is a big difference between true Natural Camouflage and just “getting dirty”. True camouflage is both science and art. By following the principles set forth in this book you too can learn to disappear and remain unnoticed on almost any landscape.

Eddie Starnater has been researching, perfecting and teaching the Principles of Natural Camouflage for over a decade. Using over 80 full-color photos of actual natural camouflage subjects and scenarios he brings together both his conclusions and the science behind them to show you the principles of dead space, the understanding of how we perceive our environment, what we see and why we see it, his 9 “S-entials” of camouflage, how to apply natural materials for camouflage and much more.

As a companion to Eddie’s “Principles of Natural Camouflage” DVD or on its own, this book will change your perception of what is possible in the Art of Invisibility.

“Understanding Baseline is Awareness.
Blending with Baseline is Camouflage.
Manipulating Baseline is Invisibility.


Nature Notebook journal

Nature Notebook: Yearly Observations Journal

By Julie Martin & Eddie Starnater

Your Specialized 365 day Nature Journal for Observing Plants, Animals, Birds, Insects & More!

Begin a fascinating journey down the road to becoming a part OF Nature, rather than apart from it. Discover how, by opening your senses to the world around you, and by recording those observations, you will begin to understand the incredible interconnected web that is that Natural World. You’ll realize how alive the earth truly is, and how you fit within the amazing web of life that surrounds us all.

Whether you live in the country, the middle of a subdivision or a high-rise apartment downtown, Nature is there; we can not exist without it. Your Nature Notebook is designed to help you increase your overall awareness, learn to recognize patterns and anomalies, and have the ability to look back over time to notice changes in weather, climate, and plant and animal movements year after year. Great for every home, as well as classrooms and homeschooling!

Drawing on over a decade of experience using and modifying other journals, Eddie & Julie have created this specialty 365-day notebook, designed for observing nature in all its forms — plants, animals, insects, birds, even your garden. You’ll have space for every day, as well as monthly and yearly summary pages and a special cross-reference section. So grab your Nature Notebook, and prepare to be amazed by the world that surrounds you!