Wilderness Survival & Bush Craft Training

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Tres' Bio

 

I was born in the 70's to a typical mother & father. Mom was a homemaker and dad an attorney. Mother instilled her loving Christians ways upon me and dad took me out frequently for a wonderful variety of outdoor pursuits including my first ever deer hunt at age 4. I was also started into competitive shotgun shooting at the club level when I was 7. At about age 10 I joined the NRA Junior program and started shooting Indoor Small Bore during the winters and when day light savings time came back around spring we shot NRA Highpower (Service Rifle) outdoors at various locations until the time changed again and we headed back indoors. Through this program I shot my first 1000 yard service rifle match at a long in the tooth age of 12 using a National Match M1a-peep sights of course.

Being a hands-on, kinesthetic learner I was not thrilled about the day in day out drudgery of lifeless textbooks of then conventional class room learning.  Truth be known I ONLY stayed in high school and received my diploma simply because at the time the United States Marine Corps would not honor the GED, and required a diploma to be accepted for enlistment. Since I was in my early single digit years I answered the common question adults ask kids "What do you wanna be when you grow up?" with "A soldier!" each time without fail. After doing research on various branches of the military I figured if I was gonna do it I might as well do it right. At 17 years old I joined the Corp in the delayed entry program ("DEP") and was looking forward to my ship date. Most kids join the military and worry about not being able to make it through boot camp. I joined the Marine Corps with incredible fear & trepidation that I would make Series Honor Man. 

Being an intelligent kid and with enough grounding to listen to my elders around me I heeded their advice that "going infantry was fun and all but it would, at some point eventually get old and to have something to fall back on." It was my intent to be a career Marine and to start and stay a USMC Scout/Sniper for a good long time.

So to have a plan "B" to fall back on I elected to take 4 years of machine shop training, Blueprinting/Mechanical drawing and Welding. The thought was that when "going to the field gets old" I could make a lateral move to a Armorer slot- which is essentially a USMC gunsmith; and my Machinist/Blueprinting/Welding certifications coupled with me being a sniper would make me a shoe-in for the job.

After my Marine Corps time concluded I went into machining full time for employment and gunsmith on the side. On the leisure side I pursued wilderness Search & rescue, Primitive Living & Survival skills as well as all outdoors skills in general, (professional) Backpacking, (Professional) Fly Fishing etc, etc, and of course had never let up in my competitive shooting endeavors which eventually led me to compete in almost all disciplines of shooting, including a few archery matches.

I was the head field skills trainer for my S&R squadron and there found my love for and natural gifting as a teacher. And accordingly on a large or small scale have taught classes and individuals in every area of my pursuits.

Prior to this current depressed economy we in the Machining industry were seeing more and more of our work go overseas to China & India. Then in 2008 the economy dived and I began to get caught in a series Machine Shop lay-offs.  Shops around me were bankrupting, not hiring. So in the words of my dear sweet mother I began to "throw it all on the wall and see what sticks." I began looking into other types of work as well as teaching all my skills and knowledge to others on a larger scale. Several things seemed to be "sticking" out of the aforementioned skills and leisure pursuits turned business However teaching LONG Range shooting seemed to be most consistent, well received & applauded with Precision (ammunition) Handloading following in second place.

So while I  do teach most outdoor skills (and love them all) currently it is primarily Long range shooting that is in greatest demand and fills the majority of my schedule. Hence legitimatising that facet of my endeavers with WildernessMeans.com.

Regards,

Tres

James Gibson

First and foremost I am a knife maker. I was privileged to take the Intro. Course at the American Bladesmith Society (A.B.S.) School under Master Smith Jim Batson in October 1998.

In October 1999 I took a Handle & Guards Class with Master Smith Joe Keeslar and in October 2002 I took a Damascus class with Master Smith Tim Foster.

I earned my Journeymen Smith Rating with the (A.B.S.) in2003. I have taken other classes as well. Quillion Dagger Class with Master Smith Kevin Cashen and several others.

I am a flintknapper of 20 years and was the co-host of the Clinch River Knap-in for 10 years and still attend many knap-ins.

I do wood working and wood carving as well as antler, bone, shell, stone and ivory.

I attended the standard course at Tom Brown’s Survival School in 1993. I have studied primitive skills, survival skills and bush craft for many years. I teach survival classes though out the year. I also teach survival classes with Darryl Patton of Gadsen, AL. Darryl has a great website that you can visit at http://thesouthernherbalist.com/.

I have studied the Art of Ninjutsu since the late 80’s and I have earned a 6th degree black belt.

I hope you enjoy the site, and drop me a email or call anytime.

JOSHUA 1:9

Umbra

I was born in the 70's to a typical mother & father. Mom was a homemaker and dad an attorney. Mother instilled her loving Christians ways upon me and dad took me out frequently for a wonderful variety of outdoor pursuits including my first ever deer hunt at age 4. I was also started into competitive shotgun shooting at the club level when I was 7. At about age 10 I joined the NRA Junior program and started shooting Indoor Small Bore during the winters and when day light savings time came back around spring we shot NRA Highpower (Service Rifle) outdoors at various locations until the time changed again and we headed back indoors. Through this program I shot my first 1000 yard service rifle match at a long in the tooth age of 12 using a National Match M1a-peep sights of course.

Being a hands-on, kinesthetic learner I was not thrilled about the day in day out drudgery of lifeless textbooks of then conventional class room learning. Truth be known I ONLY stayed in high school and received my diploma simply because at the time the United States Marine Corps would not honor the GED, and required a diploma to be accepted for enlistment. Since I was in my early single digit years I answered the common question adults ask kids "What do you wanna be when you grow up?" with "A soldier!" each time without fail. After doing research on various branches of the military I figured if I was gonna do it I might as well do it right. At 17 years old I joined the Corp in the delayed entry program ("DEP") and was looking forward to my ship date. Most kids join the military and worry about not being able to make it through boot camp. I joined the Marine Corps with incredible fear & trepidation that I would make Series Honor Man.

Testimonial

Tres,

You missed your calling brother. You may be the world's best machinist, but your ability to take an idea, and put it in words that everyone can understand is a gift. I've met precious few people like you, and I've had an additional 14 years of higher education (after high school). I'm not bragging, I said that to tell you that I've had literally hundreds of teachers and instructors whose job was to teach. You have a knack for it that I don't believe I've seen matched in my 51 years on the planet. I'm better for having met you, even if it is only in writing.

-Ralph J.

James' Knives

About Umbra

 I'm a machinist, gunsmith, writer, and instructor shooting arts & many outdoor topics.

I'm open to employment opportunities.

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Thanks,

Umbra

John 14:6 Acts 2:42 2Timothy 3:16

Coyotes; Smoke a pack a day!

"A man with an experience has volumes more than a man with a theory."

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