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Wood Shop BBQ: Seattle's Source for Craft BBQ

James Barrington (left) and Matt Davis (right) are the owners of Wood Shop BBQ in Seattle. They are both friends of Filson and have catered numerous events for us, including our upcoming Father's Day BBQ Bash. We recently went over to the Shop to swap stories and talk BBQ. 

How did you get into BBQ?

Matt: My folks owned a furniture store right next door to the local BBQ joint where I grew up in central Kansas. It was a typical rural town, not many people there. I used to scrape together money doing odd jobs as a kid so I could buy BBQ sandwiches from the restaurant, so I guess that’s where my interest began. In my former life I traveled a lot for work and was always popping into every BBQ shop...

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In Print: Alaska Aviation with Sarah Russell

For Sarah Russell, Alaska has been the answer at the end of a long search for freedom. We spent time with Sarah last summer as part of our Above Alaska trip where she let us into her world and shared a bit of her story with us. 

Where did you grow up?

I'm a military brat. My dad did two tours in Vietnam flying helicopters and then he got out of the Army and joined the Air Force where he flew B-52 bombers. He was in the service for 32 years, so I've lived everywhere, but Montana was always home. Both my parents were from Montana. I graduated from high school over in Germany. I was originally going to stay in Germany and go to college in Vienna but I got claustrophobic. We would go snowboarding ...
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In Print: Piloting Kodiak, AK with Willy Fulton

Last summer we spent a few weeks in Alaska making a short film about pilots in various parts of the state. While in Kodiak, we took to the sky with Willy Fulton for a few hours as he showed us his "office." Later that night, we swapped stories over a whiskey or three.

How did you first decide to become a pilot?

Back in the late 80’s I was running pack trips to the wilderness in the summer and guiding elk hunts in the fall. One time I had four fighter pilots on a pack trip for ten days and I got so tired of hearing all their stories… that was it. When I got out of the mountains I tried to join the Navy but they wouldn't have me. I was maybe a year too old and I needed glasses; they wouldn’t let...

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How To Rent a Forest Service Cabin

How To Rent a Forest Service Cabin

If you’re looking for a summer vacation rental that is slightly more adventurous than usual, it’s worth looking into renting one of the USFS fire lookout towers or backcountry cabins.

These cabins and towers maintained by the USFS are spread all around the country and are available on a first come, first serve basis by booking through the National Recreation Reservation System at www.recreation.gov. The rates and specifics for each rental can be found in the directory therein.

Many of these structures were built in the early to mid 1900s, and do not have modern conveniences like running water or electricity. Many are in remote locations that provide a degree of solitude that can be difficult t...

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Covering 663,268 square miles, Alaska is larger than Texas, California, and Montana, combined. With only 20% of that land mass accessible by road, aviation is not a luxury in Alaska. It is a necessity.

In Print: Branson Wallace

In Print: Branson Wallace

Last summer while in Kodiak, AK we went crabbing with Branson Wallace and his buddy Aaron Thompson. We recently reconnected with Branson to ask him about life on Kodiak, his duties in the USCG, and how both of those things have shaped his life and effected his journey to becoming an outdoorsman. 

Tell me about your life in Kodiak, what made you want to extend your tour?
My wife and I will have spent six years on Kodiak in June. I am a Yeoman for the U.S. Coast Guard, which means I do administration work for crew members and officers. When we first moved to Kodiak I was stationed on the USCG Cutter SPAR a 225 ft buoy tender that services navigational aids out along the Aleutian chain. It was a ...

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Captain Whidbey Inn

Captain Whidbey Inn

The Captain Whidbey was built in 1907 from logs and stone found on site by Chris Fisher and his son Edward. In the years since, it has served as a private residence, a boarding house, post office, girl's school, and a general store. It has recently been restored and is now open to the public as an inn. Read more about the history of the inn below.

Since 1907, Captain Whidbey has been a place of natural beauty, community gathering and quiet delight. A place where people — locals and visitors alike — do things together, even if those things are simply eating, drinking, and looking out across the water. Charged with the past to carry us into the future, Captain Whidbey will be a place where thin...Read More

How To Make a European Mount

How To Make a European Mount

If you’re fortunate enough to harvest an antlered animal for the freezer this fall, a European mount is a tasteful way to display the antlers in your home or garage. Taxidermists often charge a couple hundred bucks for the service, but it’s a great DIY project. Everyone seems to have a different way to do it, this is my process.

Things you’ll need:
One propane burner
One 5-7 gallon propane tank
One large pot (a pot for deep frying turkey is about the right size)
Pressure Washer
One small paintbrush
One container of 40 volume hydrogen peroxide
Dish washer detergent
Duct tape
Aluminum foil
Sharp knife
Latex Gloves
Eye Protection
Clothes that won’t mind being dirty.

Step 1: First, remove the hide, eyes and fl...

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How To Build a Tarp Shelter

With a simple tarp and a few lengths of 550 cord, you can make a quick shelter to ride out a storm should the weather turn bad on your next trip into the woods. Alaskan sheep guide Casey Barton shows us how.

Step 1: Select your site and gather a few sticks. You will want four stout stakes 4 to 6" in length, one for each corner and one longer ridge post to prop up the opening, roughly 36" in length.

Step 2: Lay out your tarp flat on the ground to get an idea for the footprint and space you need. Move any brush in the way if needed.

Step 3: Starting with the two rear corners, tie a short length of paracord through the eyelets of the tarp. Then, take a rock and drive a stake into the ground to se...
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Mother's Day in the Mountains with Terry Myers

Terry Myers is perhaps one of the more adventurous women we've ever met, seen here trimming the spring shoots on her favorite apricot tree from the bucket of a front end loader. We went to her home, a pristine mountain ranch in the Idaho hills to hear the story of her favorite Mother's Day.

Once in a while a forest fire can leave a consolation prize behind in the form of a secretive and tasty fungus called a morel mushroom. A few years ago, nearly out my back door, conditions were ideal for a wilderness adventure in search of the mother lode of these smokey little gems. My plan was to head into central Idaho’s Salmon River backcountry following one of the biggest fire seasons in Idaho history...

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