Wilderness Survival & Bush Craft Training

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Work Ref A

To whom it may concern,

I had the pleasure of working with Tres MonCeret these past weeks on a reality series for 3net, titled, Secrets of the Mountain People.  As the show runner, I depend on Tres to complete his tasks in time for physical production, manage his workflow and to assist in the physical production and construction of unique builds for this process driven show.  Tres was a pleasure to work with; he is steady in his energy and his approach and very dependable.  Tres is a man with a can do attitude and even while away from his home town he proved himself to be wildly resourceful and a pro at expediting a solution.  It is a pleasure to work with a solution oriented team player, which is exactly what you get when working with Tres, which I will do again the first chance I get.  Please feel free to contact me as a reference.

Warm regards,

Andrew Lipson

Show Runner

Secrets of the Mountain People/ 3net


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.



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.



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


Wilderness Survival & Bush Craft Training

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