Cache Lake Country: Life in the North Woods

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Winner of the 1999 National Outdoor Book Award: Outdoor Classic Category.
Over half a century ago, John Rowlands set out by canoe into the wilds of Canada to survey land for a timber company. After paddling alone for several days—"it was so quiet I could hear the drops from the paddle hitting the water"—he came upon "the lake of my boyhood dreams." He never left. He named the place Cache Lake because there was stored the best that the north had to offer—timber for a cabin; fish,...

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Overview

Winner of the 1999 National Outdoor Book Award: Outdoor Classic Category.
Over half a century ago, John Rowlands set out by canoe into the wilds of Canada to survey land for a timber company. After paddling alone for several days—"it was so quiet I could hear the drops from the paddle hitting the water"—he came upon "the lake of my boyhood dreams." He never left. He named the place Cache Lake because there was stored the best that the north had to offer—timber for a cabin; fish, game, and berries to live on; and the peace and contentment he felt he could not live without.Cache Lake Country is a vivid and faithful chronicle of life in the great Northern Forest and a storehouse of valuable information on woodcraft and nature. Here is folklore and philosophy, but most of all wisdom about the woods and the inventiveness and self-reliance they demand. The author explains how to make moccasins, barrel stoves, lean-to shelters, outdoor bake ovens, sailing canoes, and hundreds of other ingenious and useful gadgets, all illustrated in the margins with 230 enchanting drawings by Henry B. Kane.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881504217
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 537,755
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    Truly the best

    This book so defines the wilderness experience that I have given copies to everyone I know who loves the outdoors as I do. When I was younger and lived in a wilderness cabin, we made the moccasins, the fireless cooker and many of the other projects the author detailed. We used them too. And they worked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    A masterpiece of Northwoods Culture and Lore!

    This is the ABSOLUTE authority on Northwoods (Canadian Shield) culture and lore! John J. Rowlands has produced a masterpiece on the subject! No other book captures the atmosphere of the lake country wilderness of the north central United States and Canada as splendidly as this magnificent volume! The pen and ink illustrations are equally wonderful. The book is presented in a story format that spans the 12 months of a year.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Excellent book for young and old alike!

    I first read this book in 1964 and have read it countless times since! Every re-reading is like visiting with old friends. Sometimes I'll read it straight through and sometimes I'll just pick a random chapter to 'visit' with. I still make many of the rustic recipes and other projects and crafts. This is a wonderful book and an excellent gift, especially for the scouts and campers in your family. I have presented copies to each of my six children and have three copies of my own. You won't be sorry buying this book. Like James Herriot's books and Sterling North's 'Rascal', this is a book you will come to read often and feel that you, too, are in the company of old friends.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    I'll read it again and again

    I found this book fascinating. It was full of the wonder of living in the wilderness along with practical tips for surviving everyday life there. John Rowlands seems never to have been bored or lonely in his cabin on the lake. Some of the advice might seem dated, but remarkably is still relevant today.

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