Foot Bag

This is a simple cinch bag made out of polyester fleece (banana for scale) . Its purpose is to wear on your feet while in your sleeping bag while camping.

Do you get cold at night while camping? If so, what part of your body is coldest? Your feet of course.

As odd as it sounds, your feet will actually be warmer in your sleeping bag if you don’t wear socks, as your feet are then able to keep each other warm. Just like wearing mittens instead of gloves.

And this little bag helps keep them even warmer.

Last year, I tried this bag out when camping with my scouts. I had my 40 degree summer sleeping bag, a stocking cap, and this foot bag (monosock?), and I was OK. Not toasty by any means, but I was fine.

I am especially pleased with how small it rolls up to. It has become a permanent part of my camping gear.

While I made the original one last year, I’ve been fine-tuning it because my Boy Scouts want to make some themselves. We’ll all be making them together this week.

Published in: on 2 February, 2014 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

PVC Bow #1

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but I finally made a bow following the instructions of The Backyard Bowyer.

It’s made out of PVC pipe, which has been heated shaped so that the PVC flattens out toward the tips, making it more flexible toward the tip, just like in a traditional bow.

It’s a very light bow, but it’s really fun.

The next one I’m going to try to make a recurve.

Published in: on 15 March, 2013 at 5:31 am  Comments (2)  

Go Tell Aunt Rhody We’re Playing The Oboe

For the music merit badge, my son needed to make an instrument and learn to play it. I remembered when I was a kid and watched Mr. Wizard made a double-reeded buzzer out of a drinking straw. Me and my brothers made a lot of those buzzers over the years. It’s a wonder that we made it out alive.

So, my son and I took that buzzer idea and expanded it into a really primitive oboe. We’ve been debating whether it sounds like a dying duck or a dying goose.

Published in: on 22 October, 2010 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment