Cold Souls a Guide to Good Hunting
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About the Author: I enjoy the outdoors, and find it tough to stay out of the woods even when it's not hunting season. I'm late for work far too often because a half hour in the woods turns into three hours in the woods. People talk about freedom a lot, but we're not truly free. We're all slaves to the system in some capacity, some more than others. The more we keep ourselves in debt the worse it is. Whether we realize it or not, this is true. Laws, rules and regulations are constantly being imposed on us whether we like them, or agree with them or not. Our freedoms are constantly eroding. "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."-Goeth Alone in the woods you're as close to free as your going to get. You're your own person, if you make a bad decision, you will deal with the consequences. This teaches responsibility. It's refreshing, relaxing, a retreat from the rat race, and a place to recharge the batteries. I find everthing intriguing in the wild places--plants, animals, fungus (mushrooms), moss wood and even stone. As a woodworker, I'm constantly intrigued by the different tree formations. Nature is full of little treasures if you know where to look. I turn bowls on the lathe. Because the crotch of a tree is constantly flexing with the wind, it often times creates a beautiful pattern in the grain of the wood that in turn makes a beautiful wooden bowl. It's a part of the tree that is not turned into lumber, and is even tough to split for firewood. To most the crotch of a tree is useless, but to me a thing of beauty and also value lurks beneath the bark. It's a great feeling to create something of value from an object that many consider useless. Nature has continually tested the tree's strrenght with the wind making it tough, and difficult to split, and in so doing created a scar, or inner character. People are not all that different. Inner strength, and toughness can be hard qualities but good qualities. I derive a good deal of my food from the wilderness, I recreate in the woods and as a chainsaw sculptor, I earn my living from the wilderness as well. I feel a strong connectuion to the wild places. Not only do I make bowls, and carvings with logs, but I also have a sawmill that I turn trees into lumber with, and lumber into rustic furniture. I can also say that I heated my house 100 percent with firewood this year, not a drop of oil was used to heat my home. If you've every heated entirely with firewood you know it hardens the body, it's good for you, it makes you sleep well at night. Besides sleeping well it makes you appreciate a belly full of that wild food. I'm a very independent person, and believe in doing everything for myself that I can. I believe it was Clonel Townsend Whelen that said "learn how to do everthing." Technology gadgets, and gizmos don't really thrill me all that much. I don't own a cell phone. There is something beautiful about simplicity. Kind of like the recurve bow. It doesn't have trigger releases and super duper arrow rests and gizmos all over like a compound bow. Stick and string-it's simple yet effective. It's smooth flowing lines and simplicity make it beautiful. People clutter there lives with too many trinkets that they really don't need. In a lot of instances, they are so far removed from God and nature that they try to fill the inner void with "things." Satisfaction needs to come from within first, and then possessions add to the inner joy in our lives. The possessions themselves are not what create joy. It all starts in the outdoors, the answer to all of life's questions can be found there, yet in a modern world many never set foot in the woods. I seem to lead a blessed and charmed lifestyle. I've got a great family. I carve wood for a living, and have a flexible schedule to hunt. I'd say family, work and the woods sum me up.
Title: Cold Souls a Guide to Good Hunting
Publisher: Whittler Woods Publishing, West Ossipee, NH
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Printing Stated
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