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Old School Tools

Orien MacDonald is a kindred spirit who makes tools, archery equipment and guitars the old school way. I visited his homestead, a group of straw bale buildings, where Orien lives with his parents and wife and was welcomed there. We met online at Paleo Planet and after realizing we had a lot in common decided to meet. I visited and we did share a lot of interests.

Orien is making some great stuff sold over at Etsy.com and he does it so very well. I have one of his “Crooked Knife” that was originally developed by the Native American tribes of the Northeast as an all-purpose woodcarving implement. I also have one of Orien’s “Elbow Adze” that is inspired by similar tools from the Pacific Notrhwest, though this type of tool is found worldwide. And a real treat was the ability we had to jam playing music together.

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