Welcome to The Woods Life!

Welcome to the Woods Life, a blog about my various outdoor interests.  I like to camp, backpack and fish (with both conventional and fly tackle) but with a lifelong interest in the past, I also enjoy anything retro or historic about the outdoors.  I’m learning and refining woodcraft (traditional camping) skills, I like to restore and use vintage backpacking equipment and I collect and use vintage fishing tackle.  I have a large woodcraft and camping  library (40+ titles) dating between 1877 and 1950.  Most are first editions and a few are signed.  I’m also an enthusiast of the early youth outdoor education programs such as the Boy Pioneers and the Woodcraft Indians, both of which predated the Boy Scouts of America.  All of this seems like great fodder for future blogs so stay tuned. 

I plan to discuss some activity or item of equipment and throw in a book review or biographical sketch of some outdoor personality that interests me at least every couple of weeks to a month – maybe more if I can find the time. 

I hope you find  something to interest you in my camp.  So if you’re ready, pull a log up to the fire and let’s get started!

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3 Responses to “Welcome to The Woods Life!”

  1. steve watts Says:

    Great stuff, my friend. I think Dave Wescott has already contacted you and has told you about our upcoming Watts and Wescott’s series of Classic Camping books. You are a kindred spirit indeed. Can I get an email address so that we can keep in touch (if you are interested). Good Camping, Steve Watts, Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, NC

  2. Brent Payne Says:

    Thanks for the kind words!

  3. Roger Colson Says:

    What a great blog ,vintage,organic gear that lookes better with time love and use.
    Keep up the great work.
    Thank you.

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