Slida Sheath: Out of Production

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DadofAllTradesLogoEvery couple of days, since I have started posing again on the Dad of All Trades blog, I have received a query on how to order a Slida Sheath. At this time I am not producing the Slida. If I decide to start producing them again I will update you here. Thank you for your interest.

The Scouting Solution

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scout[1]In a previous post I waxed on about scouting organizations that are out there as alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). We have been a quandary as to how to provide the valuable experience that scouting provides for our children. It’s been almost two years since my last post in the subject and it’s come back around in the house now that our children have reached the age where most of the skills can be managed.

We have decided on a dual path approach for our daughter. We are starting out with her in Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) since the program seems to have a path that will benefit her in areas that she currently struggles. GSUSA provides a social network that is outside of her school or neighborhood. She is in need of this due to some of the challenges she is currently going through and that cannot be addressed at school or with the kids that she has grown up with. I’ll touch back on the second part of the approach in a minute…

Our son, who is now 7-1/2, has just started with the Baden-Powell Service Association (B-PSA). There is not currently a B-PSA group in our area so he and I have signed up as Lone Scouts until such time as a group forms locally. I’m starting him off as a Timberwolf, even though he is young, to give him a bit of extra time to work on the requirements. The Otter path is just not defined enough at this time.

baden_powell-224x300[1]Why the Baden-Powell Service Association (B-PSA)? I’ve been watching them closely for the past several years. They had been holding at 5-10 groups around the country but have taken off over the past 12-18 months. I don’t know what has caused this but I speculate that it is partially the move toward traditional scouting and the issues that the BSA has been going through of late. When I first signed up on the scoutfinder tool on their website I was the first in my area to do so. Now there are a dozen families in the area listed. I’ve started the process of reaching out to them in an attempt to get enough interest to form a troop.

While I really didn’t want to get roped in to being a scout leader it looks like there is no avoiding it in the near future. I’m not content to sit around and wait for someone else to take the initiative.  My past experience as a leader in SpiralScouts was that I bore the brunt of the workload and drive so it will be important that a team of leaders get pulled together to drive a group.

… back to my daughter. I fully expect that as we get B-PSA rolling in our area she will start to participate in the activities since GSUSA does not offer the same level of traditional scouting. It’s just a matter of waiting to see what happens with her.

Gear Talk with Jason Klass

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Well, Life seems to have caught up with Jason and he slipped up and forgot to renew his domain name. His blog can still be found at


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I have two children that are coming up on scouting age, a 7 year old girl and a 5-1/2 year old boy. I’d like to get them involved but I just can’t get committed to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of it’s discriminatory policies and the Girls Scouts appear to have become an unfocused, watered down version of it’s previous self. We tried a starting SpiralScouts circle but that organization has such an internal pissing contest going on with the founder that we decide to abandon it.  I’ve been looking at the other alternatives out there. I am looking for a secular organization that still teaches the basics of outdoor skills like the BSA of old without the politics and BS policies attached.

  • Camp Fire USA – Not available in our area currently so I’d have to start a council.
  • Adventure Guides & Princesses – Looks promising but is owned and overseen by a christian organization.
  • Earth Scouts – While I agree with the charter of this organization it is not apparent that they teach the skills I want my children to learn. They also appear to be fairly political in nature since they are part of the Earth Charter US.
  • Scouting for All – While started as an inclusive alternative to the BSA its activities make it overtly political.


I’m taking a more serious look at:

Over the past several years I have seriously considered starting up a some type of traditional scouting organization that is more focused on bushcraft and woodlore skills. The primary reason for this consideration has always been the lack of an existing local group that fits in with what I feel scouts should be.  If I am going to have to start a local group for another scouting organization why not start one of my own? I know I won’t have the support of the larger organization but based on my past experience (Spiral Scouts) they seriously complicate matters.

What’s in your pocket?

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I've often wondered what people carry around in their pockets. Those items must be considered important enough to be kept that close at hand. I'm not sure this applies to women that carry a purse since most of them I have had the displeasure of looking in tend to contain a daily/monthly/weekly survival kit. So if it's not in your purse, murse or daily carry and is actually on your person tell me what you carry. 

This is what is in mine:


There are several things missing from the above list that I add for my second job that I add on the days I'm working it.


The one thing that I have tried to carry over and over is a flashlight. I've not had much luck in finding a small one that works for me yet. I've tried the following lights over the last couple of years:


What's in your pocket?

What’s happening…

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It's been quite a while since I have posted on the site. I have not had much time to even think about camping, fishing or anything except work and Halloween.

I am currently working two part time jobs. They are about as different from each other as is possible. For part of the week I am an I/T director at a public charter school and for the other part of the week I work for Parks and Recreation as an Amusements Technician. It's the best of both worlds. After spending 18 years with IBM the I/T position allows me to keep my hands in and actually accomplish something with meaning unlike my time with Big Blue. In the P&R position I work on everything from peddle boats and scale trains to water fountains and Christmas decorations. I also have my on workshop under construction. For me this is type of employment totally works.

Halloween at Grimrot Cemetery this year was excellent, though wet. I put out our normal props; the scarecrow, the flying witch, Maggie the Flying Crank Ghost, our little Axworthy ghosts and seven new tombstone for the cemetery. I spent most of October building the new tombstones and they came out much better than the old ones were. I plan to add two more next year since I have leftover foam to use up. There were some minor issues with the drive system for the flying witch due to the rain and not getting her setup just right but it's nothing a major rebuild can't fix.  So that is on the plate to accomplish before Christmas so the drive is not occupying space in the garage.

We had our Annual Halloween Movie Night the Saturday before the big night. The crowd was smaller than usual but a great time was had by all in attendance. All'Hallows brought out about a hundred ToTs in the rain. Our house was the hit f the neighborhood as usual. The display looked great and the new tombstones brought back the beauty of Grimrot Cemetery that had been missing the previous two years. I'll get the Grimrot Cemtery website updated with new photos soon.

I'm not sure what is coming for Dad of All Trades next. I have a couple ideas but until I get to them I will probably just use it as my personal blog again. My time manufacturing Slida Sheaths took the focus away from the original intent of the blog and I'm kind lost with it now. I'll find it. I have some things that I want to talk about soon. Things like Geocaching alternatives, survival caches, winter trout fishing and camping,  squirrel hunting, and work stuff just to list a few. I hope those of you that have stuck with me this far will continue to do so in the future. 

So this the beginning of a fresh start. I've made a promise to myself that I would post at least two times a month but I will try to post every week. Even if the post is just a random picture of something I came across in my daily goings. 

Shop Closed!

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Due to the inconvenience of life happening I have had to discontinue making Slida Sheaths. You may have also noticed that I removed the shop from the site as well. The plus side to all of this is that I am again truly gainfully employed sort of. My work caters to my ADD simply because it is made up of two part time jobs that when combined make one full time and then some. I alternate days between the jobs so I don't get board and I truly enjoy it. Al this will probably change early next year but for the time being it works out quite well for me. 

I really do wish I could make all the Slida's that people have been requesting but It is just not possible, I'd probably go insane if I tried. I'll take sanity over Slida's, sorry. Thank you for your previous orders and requests for new orders. It's not everyday that someone hits on a product that is so in demand. I regret that I am unable to fulfill that demand.

SALE: Slida v2 Sheaths

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I've finally gotten around to making a few Slida Sheaths this past week. The best part of that is that they are the new version2 Slidas. The shape is slightly different from the v1's and they have the weep hole for drainage. They are complete and ready to be dropped in the mail to whom ever wants one. I have a limited supply and they are being offered on a first come first serve basis. The following Slidas are available:

    6 – Mora Clipper with the Light My Fire firesteel carrier and black lanyards SOLD OUT!
    3 – Mora Bushcraft Triflex / Force with firesteel carrier and black lanyards SOLD OUT!
    3 – Mora 2000 with the Light My Fire firesteel carrier and woodland camo lanyards SOLD OUT!

Price: $25.95 + $3.50 for US shipping. Paypal only. I can quote you shipping to your address if it is outside the US. 

Since my shopping cart does not support a limited supply of an item the ordering process is as follows.
          1) Send me an email at Sales(at)DadofAllTrades(dot)com with your
               name, address and the model Slida you desire. 
          2) I will reply to you with instructions to make the Paypal payment. If I
               have sold out of the model you are looking for I will let you know that.
               I will also update this post as Slida models sell out.
          3) Once your payment is received (and any holds have cleared) I will
               ship your Slida to the address as it is listed in Paypal. 



Firesteel Carrier Available!

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Since day one of the release of the Slida sheath I have been asked to release a carrier for a firesteel as was shown in Jason's video review. Well, I'm happy to say that it is finally here! This little accessory will allow you to carry a Light My Fire Scout firesteel attached to your Slida. It's available for order in my shop. I put together the video below to take you through the kit and installation…


While I am on the topic of things in the shop. I have decided to discontinue the Dad of All Trades Firesteel. There are just too many firesteels on the market and since I don't even carry one then I can't in all fairness continue to sell one. If you are interested, I carry the Aurora Fire Starter and the Light My Fire Scout with a modified handle. You can see my LMF Scout in the Fatwood Matchstick Tinder Box video.

UPDATE! Today I got my hands on the LMF FireSteel 2.0 Scout. I tested it with the Slida Firesteel Carrier and have found it to work in the carrier the same as the original LMF Firesteel Scout.

Slida Knife Choices Added…

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New Slida choices added!

  • I've Added the Mora Miki to the Slida Sheath product line. So hop on over to the shop and get a Slida for your Miki. 
  • In addition to the Miki I have added the Mora 711 back. 
  • Light My Fire firesteel carrier coming January 23rd. The mold is finished and production is starting. Dad of All Trades firesteel will follow shortly.