Manvotional: Excerpt from Woodcraft

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 25, 2010 · 8 comments

in A Man's Life, Manvotionals

Excerpt from Woodcraft by Nessmuk (George W. Sears)

“With a large majority of prospective tourists and outers, “camping out” is a leading factor in the summer vacation. And during the long winter months they are prone to collect in little knots and talk much of camps, fishing, hunting and “roughing it.” The last phrase is very popular and always cropping out in the talks on matters pertaining to a vacation in the woods. I dislike the phrase. We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed—with the necessity always present of being on time and up to our work; of providing for the dependent ones; of keeping up, catching up, or getting left. “Alas for the lifelong battle, whose bravest slogan is bread.”‘

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JG July 25, 2010 at 4:30 am

Ah the pleasure of the big woods. The silence, the solitude, it invigorates the soul and makes me want to grow a beard.

2 Austen E July 25, 2010 at 5:39 am
3 Derek July 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

This is a GREAT book, every camper should pick it up. Written WAY back when camping didn’t involve RVs, cell phones, or “add water and presto!” meals.

4 TimothyPilgrim July 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Wise words.

5 Jim July 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I go to the outdoor to “shed” things. To see how many things I can do without. I need good clothing, a strong knife, a way to make fire, and a way to carry water. I like the idea of smoothing it, it’s really all about simplifying.

6 Paul Fenstermaker July 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm

I always find it funny when I hear of camping in the summertime. I live down in Tallahassee, FL, and we look forward to the WINTER months to camp and do such things.

7 Caleb August 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

If you like Nessmuk, try his predecessor Daniel Beard and “The American Boy’s Handybook” of “The Field and Forest Handybook”, both great reads and much like Nessmuk’s writing style!

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