The Backwoodsman, published bimonthly bi·month·ly
1. Happening every two months.
2. Happening twice a month; semimonthly.
1. Once every two months.
2. Twice a month; semimonthly.
n. pl. , P.O. Box 627 Westcliffe, CO 81252. One-year subscription $17.50, two years $33, sample copy $3.
This publication caught my eye while browsing at a large magazine shop, but not for the usual reasons. In a time when slick paper, color photos galore and too-pretentious computerized layouts are the rule, The Backwoodsman looks something like a Depression-era newspaper. Ironically, this old-fashioned (frugal fru·gal
1. Practicing or marked by economy, as in the expenditure of money or the use of material resources. See Synonyms at sparing.
2. Costing little; inexpensive: a frugal lunch. , perhaps?) layout was far more noticeable than the hundreds of lookalike titles that spend big money on design so they can "stand out from the crowd."
Like Countryside, The Backwoodsman is a niche publication designed to appeal to folks with an interest in rural living and a healthy respect for the ways of the past. Each issue includes old-fashioned techniques for skills such as trapping trapping, most broadly, the use of mechanical or deceptive devices to capture, kill, or injure animals. It may be applied to the practice of using birdlime to capture birds, lobster pots to trap lobsters, and seines to catch fish. , Dutch oven and cast iron cooking, hide tanning tanning, process by which skins and hides are converted into leather. Vegetable tanning, a method requiring more than a month even with modern machinery and tanning liquors, employs tannin; its use is shown in Egyptian tomb paintings dating from 3000 B.C. , do-it-yourself projects for making objects and utensils of the past, clothes making and small-game hunting.
The magazine does tend to be heavy on muzzle muzzle
1. the part of the face supported by the maxillae and nasal bones; the part of a dog's head anterior to the stop and cheeks, containing the nasal passages and bearing the nosepad. Longer in dolichocephalics and practically nonexistent in brachycephalics. loading and knife stories, but that seems to be a logical emphasis for such a title. Historical pieces and reports on re-enactments (meetings where people dress and act as characters from the past) were lively and well-written.
If you enjoy Countryside, it's more than likely that much of what appears in The Backwoodsman will also appeal to your tastes. I hope they don't modernize mod·ern·ize
v. mo·dern·ized, mo·dern·iz·ing, mo·dern·iz·es
To make modern in appearance, style, or character; update.
To accept or adopt modern ways, ideas, or style. the layout and style.