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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad NM

Traveler's leather kitchen knife roll, December 16, 2009
Traveler's leather kitchen knife roll, December 16, 2009

Boy, can I procrastinate! "X" commissioned me to design a Christmas present for "A" way last summer and I finally finished it and shipped it today (FedEx, don't fail me now!).

She wanted to present him with a custom fitted leather knife roll for the favorite kitchen knives he travels with. Most knife rolls on the market do a lousy job of separating and protecting the blades from nicking one another and I wanted something better. This turned out to be a tricky assignment and it took me forever to come up with a design that satisfied me.

I set up a new group of pages to describe some of my leatherworking projects - the first up being Traveler's Leather Kitchen Knife Roll about this knife roll.

Night camp

Site 42 - Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad NM

Absolute Silence

I remembered hearing of a backcountry Park Service ranger who was cleaning up after dinner one evening when he heard a chilling scream. He ran out of his cabin in time to see a mountain lion standing with a dead deer next to her. The lion saw the ranger and bounded off. The ranger realized this might be a rare opportunity to closely observe a mountain lion, so he stationed himself a short distance away from the deer carcase. He sat in absolute silence, and listened closely as night deepened. After sitting in darkness for well over an hour, he gave up hope of the lion's returning and stood up. In the powerful beam of his flashlight, he could clearly see that the dead deer was no longer there. ...

Caught in Fading Light: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature by Gary Thorp