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Sendero, A Knife For All Seasons in the Outdoors!

This Sendero Bush Knife is not a whittler, but you can shave with it and of course skin anything! One tough, hand-friendly knife!
This Sendero Bush Knife is not a whittler, but you can shave with it and of course skin anything! One tough, hand-friendly knife!

APtravelnews-September 14th– Goose Holler’ Farm, Crossville, TN.—From a time when man used sharp edged stone and wood as knives and tools, all the way up and through the bronze age and the into the iron age, knives and swords evolved and were shaped world-wide by craftsmen who shaped and honed their knives as they continued to hone their skills as well. Finally, I found a knife at a reasonable cost that is a true lifetime heirloom candidate for an outdoors man, or woman. White River Knife and Tool located in Coopersville, MI creates this 8.25 inch Sandero Bush Knife of a Jerry Fisk Design . With the knife In my hand and in my wife’s as well, this knife feels like a natural extension  of a tool that will make you smile, The heft is solid and comfortable-lots of ergonomics besides its precision ground, hand finished  and leather honed blade went into this knife. The sheath is made of U.S.A. Made Leather and Mr. Fisk describes this knife as “the best overall “using design”  I have made in an outdoor knife.” White River Knives collaborated with Master Blade smith, Jerry Fisk, MS in the design and field testing of these Sendero Knives. The blade length is 3.6 inches with an overall length as mentioned of 8.25 inches in length.  The Blade steel is CPM S30V and its blade hardness is 59 HRC.  Frankly, I love this knife and hopefully it will remain with me all the days of my life as I continue to hunt and fish in the wilds of America. Contact: whiteriverknives.com  1-800-353-7343

There are more than 9 different models of White River Knives plus, several handle colors and materials  of many of these knives. I guess White River Knife and Tool has the knife for just about every outdoor cutting endeavor anyone would wish to use them for.P1020989P1020990

Yes, I whittled this hand ax, but I love this knife even if its not a whittler, its a world class Bush knife!
Yes, I whittled this hand ax, but I love this knife even if its not a whittler, its a world class Bush knife!

The Shelton House-Museum of N.C. Handicrafts Founded in 1977

The way it was before radio and TV.
The way it was before radio and TV.


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Navajo artifacts collected by Shelton.
Navajo artifacts collected by Shelton.
Edison phono was a major entertainment system in years of yore!
Edison phono was a major entertainment system in years of yore!

APtravelnews-September 18th-The Shelton House in Waynesville, N.C.–A feast for the eyes is how I best describe the Shelton House Museum and traditional crafts created by some of N.C. most talented craftsmen. This great place makes history come alive. It is also one of the over 40-plus stops on the Haywood County Quilt Trail. From the home and barn there is a wonderful window into how it all used to be in N.C. and today, there are many North Carolina folks who are working in and towards the traditional ways of their fathers and mothers by going back to the land and crafts of the past! Check out the website: www.sheltonhouse.org  Also give a call to Malinda Messer, Operations  Manager–1 828-452-1551 

Note** there are a vast number of Navajo Indian relics and antiques that were collected by Mr. Shelton housed in his home, now turned in the Shelton Museum!

 

The family gathering place-at meals!
The family gathering place-at meals!

 

Craftsmen of NC are showcased throughout the museum.
Craftsmen of NC are showcased throughout the museum.
All manner of the potters art is displayed here!
All manner of the potters art is displayed here!
The kitchen, no microwaves yet!
The kitchen, no microwaves yet! Only wood,  coal  and kerosene for cooking, heating and lighting.
What Southern museum is not without Civil War memorabilia.
What Southern museum is not without Civil War memorabilia.

Israel A Modern Country With a Pioneering Flavor

 

 

A Western Wall Bar Mitzvah!
A Western Wall Bar Mitzvah!
Israel tourist bus disgorges visitors from around the world to be where true history still lives on!
Some of the millions of tourists that visit Israel each year.
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At Bethlehem the church faithful visit Mother Mary and Christs Birthplace.

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We stopped in at a Druse Village and the hospitality was fantastic! Picked up a gallon of fresh pressed olive oil for a take- home treat!
We stopped in at a Druse Village and the hospitality was fantastic! Picked up a gallon of fresh pressed olive oil for a take- home treat!                                                           

 

                                                     APtravelnews-August 31st–Israel- Israel: Much more Than the Holy Land! Part One 

Whenever we travel outside of the USA there are three things we need to be concerned about: quality of the water & food, if the accommodations are up to our American high standards of comfort, cleanliness safety, and is the destination interesting enough to spend our hard earned free time and dollars in. Well, I can tell you that today & tomorrow too, Israel is such a place and then some.  My wife Barbara and I left New York on El Al Airlines, to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv-about 12 hours total flight time for the New York, to Tel Aviv run, not including pre-check-in time for security checks, etc. When you travel to the Middle East today, you do not concern your self with extra precautions by an airline that so far has a perfect safety record.  We enjoyed the meals on El Al’s New York to Tel Aviv flight to Israel and we slept quite well even in tourist class. Relatively refreshed after so many hours sitting and partially reclining, we breezed through customs into a land that should not and does not know any bounds: Israel (which is Palestine)!  Israel in spite of dealing with horrendous terrorists, is 74 years old and rightly very proud of it and pulling out all the stops with anniversary celebrations all around the nation. Some examples are: re-enactment’s of the day Israel became a full independent country; an international opera concert; a giant Purim parade; Torchlight unveiling of Salvador Dali’s “Light Of Peace” as a permanent greeting to all travelers entering Israel by way of Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv.

We left with our able and highly informed guide, Daliah for Jerusalem and stowed our gear at the historically significant, renovated, landmark: The King David hotel. That first of 14 evenings, Barb and I began our efforts to eat our way through the country, starting in Jerusalem in order to accomplish research for my upcoming book “Mid East Recipes for Peace.” It’s a bit difficult to tell too much detail about our recent 2-week visit in one or two post. Why? Well, you just cannot appreciate all the fabulous places, restaurants and experiences in just two-weeks. However, look for part 2 for the highlights that you too can experience for yourselves with a visit to this vibrant, creative land of milk & honey:

 

Numereous metzas little dishes of eggplant, various yogurt sauces, olive salads along with right out of the over pita bread.
Numerous metzas- little dishes of eggplant, various yogurt sauces, olive salads along with right out of the over pita bread. The Israeli salad is probably the healthiest anywhere.
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At the Western Wall. Notice the cracks in the ancient stone that are full of notes asking G-D for millions of prayers.

The Brass Lantern Casual Fine Dining In Little Old Crossville, TN.

 

Grilled TN. Sour Mash Whiskey Pork Chop. Best chop I can ever remember!
Grilled TN. Sour Mash Whiskey Pork Chop. Best chop I can ever remember!
Salmon encrusted in pecans and a sauce to remember with wet lips!
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Really enjoying our meal at the Brass Lantern!


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APTRAVELNEWS -September30th,-, Crossville, TN.–When James and Denise Weismuller, new owners of the Brass Lantern welcomed us to their excellent fine, yet casual dining establishment, we had hoped for a great dining experience and we were not disappointed at all. A bit about James background: Chef James worked for the Marriott Corp. in Food and Beverage for 15 years prior to moving to the 2000 foot elevation of the Cumberland Plateau. Chef James for the past 14-years prior to recently taking over the Brass Lantern, operated the Stonehenge Grille  and was the Director of the Food Services for the Good Samaritan Society in Fairfield Glade for 2 years. His wife Denise said it was about time they finally opened their own restaurant and I’m sure the folks of Crossville would say the same! The Food: We started our repast with two special soups, one always on the menu; the French Onion and the other called “Hamburger Soup” was hard to stop eating it was so good. A hint of bacon, top round chop meat and the stock was hearty enough to dip the home made, specialty rolls in-delightful both of the soups. The side salads were “right on” excellent with all the greens, oranges and reds as in tomatoes just right and ready to be bathed in a raspberry vinaigrette or as Barb liked her salad dressed with blue cheese dressing. In perfect timing, out came our main dishes; a baked pecan salmon finished with Chestnut Hill (winery just next door) Volunteer Peach Wine. We caught this wild salmon on the plate! We both ate from it and it was exceedingly perfect-nothing dry, moist tasty, no fishy aroma-perfect. The sauce was divine!  My Grilled TN. Sour Mash Whiskey Pork Chop was worth calling home base about. Incredibly tasty. The 8-ounce chop was glazed with fine sour mash whiskey and James secret spices. The taters were excellent, but I must say, this chop was the best ever! We finished our meal with excellent cheese cake smothered in sliced, sweet strawberries and fresh decaf coffee. What a dinner, and if your headed on highway I-40 too, or from Knoxville, or Nashville get off Exit 322 and they are just down 1000 feet away. Our waiter was top notch, very attentive as we noticed for us and his other table charges as well. All in all, on a scale of 1-10 this meal was an eleven-period! Of course they also have great steaks too! Give a call and be prepared to thank us on line when you dine at the Brass Lantern located at: 79 Chestnut Hill Road Crossville, TN inside the Chestnut Hill Winery. 931 484-7657 Besides their reasonable priced dinners they are now open for lunch too!

A libation and a meal lunch or dinner is what awaits the smart diner!
A libation and a meal lunch or dinner is what awaits the smart diner!
New York Cheesecake and strawberries. Terrific!
New York Cheesecake and strawberries. Terrific!