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This is the law of the Yukon, that only the Strong shall thrive; that surely the Weak shall perish, and only the Fit survive. Dissolute, damned and despairful, crippled and palsied and slain, this is the Will of the Yukon, – Lo, how she makes it plain!
THE VIDEO ARCHIVES
Handmade equipment for forest people,hunters and trappers – this is my specialty. When creating my things I rarely used the conveniences of modern civilisation so that in the process of making them and when shaping them, to better acquaint myself with the techniques of those very days. Thanks to this, all the elements in my possession are unrepeatable and unique. The tried and tested solutions from previous voyages have immortalised this equipment and the top-notch quality of these top-notch materials from which they were made.
A FEW NUMBERS
Thanks to my passion to nature and trapping, a few years of history under logo of Leśne Rzemiosło, over a thousand kilometers were travelled over dozens of countries. All this on foot, on horseback and by canoe or even by dog sled. Leśne Rzemiosło isn’t just about trips but also education and inspiring others with that contagious craft of trapping and forest life.
The History of Leśne Rzemiosło began in 2014 when, somewhere deep in the woods, i met a group of camp-living enthusiasts. It was in a Polish Forest, smelling of sap and the fragrance of autumn rain. This unique atmosphere, with mystical might and the campfire light, so to as the passion emitted by each of them, all this became the cornerstone of this new and exciting project. My own unique catalyst was the situation itself which thrived in the touristy atmosphere. It only needed a few years for the equipment market to come across artificial materials, which by itself isolated us from the spirit of nature and gave us a feeling that if it is not war against her that we are waging, we are struggling against her because when we use old equipment, traditionally and classically styled and made by hand from natural materials, you feel the oneness with the surrounding nature. This matter of order led me to create a please for the real people of the forest – adventurers, ethnographers, history buffs and of course, for the artisans and handicrafters alike.
This was a place where we could share our knowledge and write about our craft and present our products as well as sell them in a company store. During this time, I led a team of about twenty people while also doing video productions for Leśne Rzemiosło, reader’s digest and doing training sessions and even organising numerous expeditions and nationwide gatherings promoting traditional camping. My project was at the time a very big Polish prototype through which all broad knowledge would pass, from nature to ethnography, traditional craft, both short term and long term adventures, on horseback and finishing them by canoe trip and building log cabins. As the old trappers and forest people once touched the brevity of time, so did Leśne Rzemiosło with its reach, consistently transforming the project into a classical archaic work. Leśne Rzemiosło became a time machine of it’s own of the days of yorn in which the forest people could spend time in nature. Romantic, although often severe and demanding; teaching humility to the nature around them. Like a time-machine in which most of the equipment and clothing was made by hand, today, most of the equipment I use during my expeditions – as before – has its source in my workshop and is made entirely by me. Whatever you can read or find here, however, has its roots in the tarnished pages of history.
On every side was the silence, pressing upon them with a tangible presence. It affected their minds as the many atmospheres of deep water affect the body of the diver. It crushed them with the weight of unending vastness and unalterable decree. It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardors and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and interplay of the great blind elements and forces.
Jack London – White Fang
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Matt is an English translator by degree. A Pole, Canadian, traveler, educated Polish patriot of British customs. Born on the Canadian prairies in Alberta, or more precisely – in Edmonton. Matt had been with Indians and Indian children since childhood, having spent half his life in Canada, even in the wildest places – probably, sometimes as the first man in the recesses of forests, prairies, or even the first human those wild animals had seen. Here he took part in countless camping trips, which fueled his passion for forest life in light of the history of the fur trade especially when it comes to the famous legend of the Hudson Bay Company. Due to this he did not waste time in his hometown – he visited Fort Edmonton, which was once founded by this very company. Matt is by nature a very talkative person who never stops smiling. He doesn’t part with his extraordinary jokes, which he has prepared for every occasion. The true soul of the party. Today, as soon as the weekend comes, he escapes to the forest to track and learn the habits of forest friends living in close proximity to his home. On a daily basis, he acts as an agent at Leśne Rzemiosło.
Unusual and out of the ordinary trips, small and large – with equipment designed mainly by themselves. These are also educational projects centered around the art of traditional camping, for families and enthusiasts of forest life and also training programs for professionals. I invite you to get to know my original portfolio.
Poland – Sweden – Canada
Our mission is unchanging: it is about not letting you down, dear supporters of traditional camping, to present an alternative way of spending time in the forest. An alternative, because without phones, modern materials and other ultra-light solutions. Today we spread the trend of the exciting history of the fur trade, as well as pioneers and real people of the forest, at the same time we take you back to those wonderful old days, years in which people like Jack London, Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, Henry David Thoreau, George Washington Sears, Elmer Harry Kreps, Charles Dudley Warner and Ernest Evan Thompson Seton – had left their undisturbed mark in time, vibrant with life until today – works of forest literature. By entering our world and by participating in our trainings and expeditions, or by purchasing our products you will see, touch and taste the feel of it, the feeling of being lost in time. Ready?