Mukluk Sewing Course Instructor
At an early age, attracted by the lure of the woods, Brian became an avid hunter and outdoorsman. This soon led to a curiosity for learning about primitive cultures, skills and travel methods. He discovered a love for raising Alaskan Malamutes to be run as a cohesive, disciplined, working dog team, and has traveled to Alaska to learn from Iditarod winner Jeff King.
The first self-taught primitive skill he focused on was lithic reduction (the art of flintknapping), which further led to the study and use of the atlatl, a weapon which pre-dates the bow and arrow. He now competes on the world level and is one of the few competitors who has scored a 90 or above in competition. He was employed as a Dive Master and has explored inner space off the coasts of the Florida Keys, Cozumel Mexico, Curacaos, Maine and numerous rivers on the East coast of the US. He has also had the pleasure of tracking Grey Wolves, and Grizzly Bears with James Halfpenny and Jim Bruchac in Yellowstone National Park.
Always looking to expand his knowledge, he has attended several schools and classes ranging from primitive fire and tracking to modern survival skills. His mentors have been James Bruchac of Ndakinna Wilderness School, Michael Head of Wilderness Ways School, Dr. James Halfpenny of A Naturalist’s World, Michael Douglas of Maine Primitive Skills School, and David Canterbury of the Pathfinder School. While studying at the Pathfinder School, Brian worked to attain the position of Master Instructor and was involved in developing and refining the school’s curriculum. Most recently, he had the opportunity to learn from the Grandfather of Bushcraft, Mors Kochanski of Karamat Wilderness Ways.
Always striving to better himself and give back to the outdoor community, Brian has furthered his studies and pursued the qualifications for becoming a New York State Licensed Guide. His vision is not only to take people out to enjoy the outdoors, but to also teach them the practical survival skills needed to make them more self-reliant by using the timeless skills of our forefathers and primitive cultures or the modern equivalent in this age of technology. You can find him at Snow Walker Outdoors.