A New Adventure

The Traditional Outdoors Podcast

It’s funny how quickly things can change.

In late 2017, Imade a post about the podcast world and how I didn’t intend on participating. I enjoyed several at the time but didn’t feel it was the right medium to share my content. A podcast seemed like a major investment — and I don’t mean financially. I didn’t feel I would be able to produce quality content on a consistent basis. I didn’t have a partner. I didn’t have the equipment. I had connections but lacked the time to line up the interviews I thought I would need to make the podcast interesting. Above all else, I didn’t have a clue. I’d listened to podcasts but never participated.

Then something funny happened. I was reacquainted with my first love (the guitar) and did what any other 30-something male would do: joined a slew of online music communities on Facebook. The re-immersion led to my meeting and chatting with several like-minded musicians who also happened to be podcasters. One of these people was Clifton Worley of The Clifton Worley Show who I discovered had many of the same musical tastes and interests.

Clifton’s passion for networking led to the forming of his show, which was based on discussing guitars and music with average musicians from the various groups we were associated with. You didn’t have to be a professional to be on Clifton’s show and I fell in love with that concept. After several weeks of listening to Clifton and his guests, I reached out to Clifton and shamelessly implied it should be “my turn”.

We shared a laugh, I joined him on the show, and it was a blast. We became fast friends and I ended up joining him and our mutual friend (and digital illustrator) Joshua Fraser on a frequent basis. I realized then, as Clifton’s show became “our” show, what podcasting was about, and how much I enjoyed it.

I wanted to do a project of my own and considered doing it under the Life and Longbows brand. However, I still didn’t have a partner. Several people had approached me about it, but no one was ready to make the commitment. Plus, I still wasn’t convinced I could produce enough traditional archery content to make a solid podcast. The Push, Trad Geeks, TradQuest, the Traditional Bowhunting and Wilderness Podcast, and others were already doing an amazing job on the interview and educate circuit and I didn’t see the value of regurgitating that content. It has and is already being done. This put me in quite the quandary mentally. It bummed me out.

Then, something funny happened. My friend and hunting partner Steve (Angell) of Simply Traditional, reached out to me and wondered if I would consider revisiting the podcast idea, but he wanted to take it beyond the traditional archery/bowhunting niche.

“Let’s pull it outside the Life and Longbows and Simply Traditional brand and do something dedicated to life in the outdoors.” He said.

I balked at first. Anything beyond bowhunting and a bit of camping was outside my expertise and comfort zone. And I didn’t dare refer to myself as anything but an amateur in the aforementioned fields.

“I don’t know about any of that, man.” I laughed. “You’re going to need to find guests because I’m not at all comfortable speaking to anything beyond the world of bows and arrows.”

I had pretty much written me being a guest-host off at that point, but he assured me that wasn’t the angle he was going for and went so far as to say that my naivety to the topics would provide a “newbie” perspective to the show.

I was officially out of excuses. I knew I could make the time to talk to my friend once a week and I knew I could play the role of “happy amateur”.

So, we brainstormed, lined up some interviews, set a date to record, and made a podcast. Just like that “Traditional Outdoors” was born and I believe it will be a successful venture. It should be entertaining at the very least and we’ll be thrilled if you learn something!

All that being said, we’ll need your support to get this up and running. You can start by checking out our website, which will both house the podcast and feature links to articles collected from across the Web (including this blog). We’d also like to invite you to our Facebook group, where the bulk of our conversations will take place. The primary goal of Traditional Outdoors is to create an outdoor community filled with enthusiasts that have integrity and love and support our natural resources and the activities therein.

The first episode of the podcast should launch very soon! Stay tuned and be sure to subscribe and tell your friends. There will be multiple ways to do so.

We’ll see you at the campfire!

Get jiggy with it

I’ve been hanging out on the Osage Roost turkey hunting community lately and have already spent several hours on the Call Makers forum drooling over homemade pot calls. There is nothing I appreciate more than quality woodworking and the craftsmanship on said forum is truly something to be admired.

Having recently fallen in love with turkey hunting (story to come), I have become a sucker for a hand made call. There is something about working a hunk of wood until it serves a purpose, especially when that purpose is talking to a bird or animal.

Unfortunately, I am ill-equipped to make such things and have decided to leave it to the experts. Namely my friends Tommy Ellis (Following Ghost or ghost5 on the “Roost”) and John Buchin (Crooked Talon Game Calls or jbuchin on the “Roost”). There are many others, but I credit these two for starting my addiction as they made the calls above for my hunting enjoyment and I am very thankful for their guidance in the turkey woods.

I’m sure I could give call making a shot if I had a lathe, but I don’t, nor do I have the time to start a new hobby when hunting, writing, and bow building already occupies enough. But its hard to hang out amongst a community of woodworkers and not get inspired. I usually get the bug and have to make something and that is exactly what happened to me this morning. I woke up, had a cup of coffee, and realized I had the itch about half way through it. Only, when I ventured into my workshop I realized I wasn’t ready to start whittling a hunk of Osage into a finely tillered stick flinger. You have to be in the mood to  tackle that and I wasn’t.

I was, however, in the mood to create a new flemish string-making jig for myself. The first one I made was pretty rough and I knew I could improve on it. A couple hours later, the following took shape and I am pretty pleased with it. It is basically just a hunk of cherry board with a few nails, a couple of holes, and a small piece of Ipe glued down where you cut the strands with a razor blade.

I’ve included the plans I followed for your convenience and highly encourage you to build one for yourself, as others encouraged me to do the same.


Plans courtesy of http://www.tradgang.com and Terry Green.

Why pay $25-$30 for one when it’ll only cost you 1/4 the amount in lumber?