Specialties: Wool, Sheep, Hunting, Camping, Outerwear (wool and synthetic), Scouting
The following bio was written by Randy himself:
My Grandma used to take us out on Mother’s day to hunt for woodland flowers in the forest. At first, I wouldn’t see anything, but once I learned to look I was amazed to find the adder’s tongue, trillium, and jack in the pulpit growing everywhere in the dappled shade. Ever since, I have always been fascinated by looking for things that other people don’t notice. I’ve always been comfortable in the woods because I feel like the trees are willing to share their secrets with me if I take the time to look.
I learned to hunt from a score of uncles and cousins who were hard-working, upright, Christian men…and I just wish I’d absorbed their lessons a bit better! (They all seem to put more meat in the freezer than I do, still.)
I learned to camp as a Boy Scout. I worked at a rural scout camp in Sullivan County PA (with my Dad and, sometimes, my Grandpa) for ten summers; living under canvas and wearing knee socks (the former being fabulous and the latter leading to a bizarre farmer’s tan).
Now I work on a college campus. I spend my days figuring out how to maintain gleaming steel and glass buildings. I teach people how to use computers to make their planning and workflows easier. …but I carry a flint and steel kit in my briefcase so I can teach the occasional liberal arts undergrad how to singe her eyebrows.
I have wool from a number of different outdoor companies and I have all the modern “technical” clothing. I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what works for me and what doesn’t.
I won’t promise to have expert knowledge, but I am always comfortable sharing my thoughts and ideas with people—and I’ll honestly tell what I know, what I think, and what I don’t know.
In September of 2017, Randy sent us this picture of his Boonie Hat full of Wild Edible Chestnuts. Randy also gave us some interesting information about how he prepares (or not!) Wild Chestnuts.
23 September 2017