Maker

The Maker culture is a social movement with an artisan spirit that encourages learning-through-doing in a social setting. The less formal Maker culture can be a bridge to the more formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) culture.

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The Maker culture uses learning-through-doing, often in a social setting, to bring about invention and create new devices using modern and traditional technologies and crafts. Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and developing the skills and knowledge to survive the wilderness, similar to some of the skills developed in scouting. Resilience is developing the skills to better cope with difficult challenges and stress. ElderEagle explores the intersection of Maker, Bushcraft, and Resilience. The intent is to find and develop resilience using simple technology and lore. The "Nearly Wordless Workshop" is a minimalist approach that recognizes Roy Doty's "Wordless Workshop", a popular illustrated home improvement series, the ran as a syndicated feature for 50 years. The narrated versions are longer, having more STEM. Video playlist »

Revive a Camillus scout knife using simple tools. The challenge is to revive a vintage Camillus cub scout pocket knife by adapting and using readily available household materials.

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Overhaul a worn Victorinox Spartan using simple tools. The challenge is to overhaul a tired Spartan swiss army knife using simple tools. This includes cleaning, sharpening, and adding new scales, compass, and lanyard. The method encourages personal resilience through attainable goals, persistence, and trust.

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Spartan woods makeover. The challenge is to adapt a promotional Spartan swiss army knife, for use in the woods, using simple tools. This includes removing a promotional logo from the knife and making a compass, ferrocerium fire starter, and a tinder lanyard. The method encourages personal resilience through attainable goals, persistence, trust, and adaptability.

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Victorinox fire Walker. The challenge is to adapt a Victorinox Walker with an emergency fire starter system. This includes reviewing the minimalist Walker, stropping, making a minimalist ferrocerium lanyard/fob, and a fire starter pouch to complete the system. The method encourages resilience through adaptability.

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Morakniv Eldris breakaway lanyard, fire starter, and compass. The challenge is to make a minimalist breakaway lanyard with ferrocerium, tinder, needle compass, and sewing kit. The method encourages resilience through adaptability.

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Dead reckoning: navigation using a makeshift compass. The challenge is to use dead reckoning using a makeshift compass. A brief example of dead reckoning uses a pin as a compass to find one's way back to a trailhead. The method encourages resilience through belief and adaptability.

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Make: SAK survival lanyard. The challenge is to make a Swiss Army Knife lanyard or fob having a ferrocerium fire starter, jute tinder, and magnetized needle with thread contained in paracord.

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Make: SAK corkscrew fire starter. The challenge is to adapt a Swiss Army Knife corkscrew to serve as an emergency fire starter with ferrocerium rod and tinder.

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