Cold Weather Work Gloves

Cold Weather Work Gloves

Out with the old, in with the new. What if instead: out with the new, in with the old? For the last couple of months, I have been testing a pair of Terra Nitrile Dipped Nylon Cold Weather work gloves. I have worn them around the house, out about the city (black gloves can basically go anywhere and no one notices), and as driving gloves (at the moment replacing my Hatch Street Guard gloves which are looking a little worse for wear). The Terra work gloves are a part of the new trend of using nitrile-dipped technology to “waterproof” your hands against the nasty wet stuff you deal with on a regular basis. And they do keep water and most muck out, provided that it doesn’t go much farther than your knuckles. Their rough grippy outer shell is great for dealing with recycling and garbage, and as with this pair of cold weather gloves, they are snow proof. But they are far from perfect. Basically, due to the waterproofing latex-esque layer of paint that keeps stuff out, they also keep moisture in. Even while driving, once the heater in the car kicks in at -30, they start to get… moist. Any real activity that involves any physical labour, the gloves actually get colder. This is because as you start to sweat (which is your body’s way of maintaining a consistent internal temperature of 37°C / 98.5°F when faced with a rising internal temperature), the water collects right against your skin and it conducts heat 25 times faster than when your hands are dry (see Survival Course, Shelter). So unless you...
Knotwork Containers

Knotwork Containers

For years, I have struggled with the problem of carrying objects using rope. Every time I take an object – say a cooler without handles – and strap it down , the weave starts to come loose from jostling as soon as I’m on the trail and the “package” begins its escape. This happens regardless of the shape – Jerry cans, 20 lb. propane cylinders, an oversized sleeping bag that doesn’t fit in my pack – they all free themselves eventually. But no more. While thumbing through an old craft book from 1975, I came across an article called Macramé Made Easy, alongside articles on pottery, stain glass work and chamois clothing. You probably remember Macramé from those old owls that people hung in their basements dangerously close to the wood stove. Or that collection of hanging plant baskets with the really fibrous brown jute. Macramé is a form of textile crafting using knotwork rather than weaving or knitting. And it is really simple. You just learned macramé. It was that easy. Oh, there are lots of techniques using different types of knots, but in essence, it’s just a series of knots. With this technique alone, you could easily fashion gill nets (by tying a series of reverse larkshead knots to a length of line), fish traps (using sapling hoops instead of a solid container),  and even a whole woven haversack- using 550 paracord and #36 bankline. In essence, you could make a whole fish net with this technique alone. Applications In the outdoors, macramé is perfect for creating woven containers for carrying large jugs of water, a 5-gallon bucket or any bulky awkward objects – add handles for a two-person carry. Attach your...