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  • The Moray way bookThe
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  • Eilean donan castle
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All my books listed here are avaliable to buy directly Amazon.

If you would like to see a sample of a book or just find out more about each, then please click on the books cover images which will open up either a PDF or jpg images.

If you have any other question then please email me and if I'm not scrambling up some rock face at the time at the dead of night, I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Listed below are a few walk reports I have written over the last few years on a walking forum, including photo's:

The Grey Corries - Beinn a Chlachair - WW2 ruins, Lossiemouth - The Saddle - Glen Feshie - Ben Aigan - Cairngorms in winter - Coire an t Sneachda - Fannichs - Ben A'glo - Lochnagar - Ben Avon - Ben Rinnes - Slioch - Loch Einich - Loch Avon - Sunrise from Carn a Mhain - Carn toul, Braeriach traverse - Sunrise from Sgurr na Stri looking towards the Cuillins range.

Also have a couple of miscellanous items - three tall tales and a tutorial:

All things have a start - Stormy sea's and the ship of mist - Framed - Glossary of knots and tapering lace.

Mountain hikes around the worldYou never know what’s around the next corner and if I hadn’t been inquisitive enough to find out, I wouldn’t have experienced many of the sights and sounds beyond my horizon that I’ve seen while creating this book. Such as the realization of hearing the sound of nothing amongst the giants of Norway, or falling asleep to the singing of Maori in New Zealand nor (especially nice for a truck driver like me) sitting 10,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada’s early in the morning drinking my coffee without the sight of a single person or vehicle, although this was the case during most of my wilderness trips.

Includes 80 photos of the locations in: Yosemite national park, The Adirondacks, Scottish Highlands, Austria, Norway and New Zealand. Please click the cover image to see a PDF sample.

Size - A5

Wood and Leather craft manualThey say that ‘busy hands makes for a busy mind’, and after spending the last 10 years making and creating various items for personal and clients needs, I can safely say that using your hands certainly keeps you occupied. You do not have to be a creative or artistic person to make most of the items in this book, and nor does it matter if your finished item is perfect or not, in the end its the doing which counts you as separate from others, after all I had my first attempts once and can still remember the disappointments – just remember that you are your worse critic.

Includes B/W Photo guides to making: long/flat bows, arrows, quivers, bullwhips, braiding, using/making rawhide, leather carving/stamping, plus tips and tricks. Also has a short introduction to making steel knapped knives and using horn as handles. Please click the cover picture to view a PDF sample.

Size - A4

Below are listed individual chapters from the book above now published in their own right of A5 size and still with black and white photo's. Click on the book title to see preview of contents.

Leather craft 64 pages Leather lace bullwhip 92 pagesLeather armour 72 pagesLeather projects 102 pages

Rise of the AncientsThe Rise of the Ancients revolves around the old Fingalians, those Irish and Scottish hero's of old, who in the authors mind were like fearless, strong warrior police guarding and protecting the innocent against the rogues of that time. Until their tales of strength and myths of gallantry were needed no more and they slept, awaiting their leader to be reborn and lead them once more to destroy all despair that dare threaten their land and people.

The story in this book is set hundreds of years after these warriors roamed the highlands over a 10-year period. Starting a few days after the battle of Culloden in 1747, it follows the fortunes and experiences of a young Scot called Ewan thrown upon uncertain times along with his mum, after his dad and brothers fell at the battle. The tale follows Ewan as he tackles untold trials and tribulations, as he learns the lessons he must to survive and which he was destined to use as he heads unwittingly towards a prophecy that he was destined to fulfil, a prophecy that foretold the awakeningof the Fingalians, the Ancients, under his leadership. Whom Ewan has to unite in order to use their combined power to aid the clans during this time of distress, A distress not from the feeble greed’s and needs of man, but rather from those who lead and posses them. Those of a higher unearthly evil who relish and bloat on the souls of all men, women and children of the Highlands, But first Ewan must tackle untold beast and foul creatures before he can Raise the Ancients.

Written by Paul Carpenter, Art work by Robert Blackwell.

The Moray wayWhen Paul moved upto Moray 10 years ago he had little idea about the place and has since explored it in various ways from the whiskeys, the salmon in the charasmatic rivers to the rock and sandy coast line, from the low fertile plains to the rugged mountains of the Cairngorms, by foot and bike. Plus its colourful and intriguing history from the picts, Romans, Vikings, tales of smuggling, and folk lore.

The route illustrated in this book "The Moray way" is a recent addition to the area joining up three other walks (The Dava way, The Spey way and The moray Coastal way) creating a circular walk of over 90 miles which takes you through all of morays historical and wonderous scenery.

Even while researching for this book, Paul felt that despite the many official trails around this county, they did not really show off the full extend of the majestic scenery which can be experianced within moray - namely the very tip of the countys boudary marked by the summit of Ben Macdui, hence the "Ben Macdui Trail". Starting at Burghead, it is a 66 mile hike from sea to clouds on roads and rough tracks taking in the old towns of Elgin and Tomintoul until reaching the Cairngorms.

Both routes come with maps and descriptions, advise as to where bikes can be used, and details of whats underfoot every step of the way. Click on book cover to view a pdf sample of the book.

Scottish Landscapes 2015 Calender contains 13 photos of land, sea and river scapes from the Highlands and Morayshire, representing a small but unique perspective on this beautiful land.

To buy, click on the preview above to be directed to Lulu.com. Click full screen above to see each photo in detail.

Front cover - Eilean Donan Castle, taken at midnight.
January - Devils Point, taken sunrise midwinter from Carn a' Mhaim in the Cairngorms (trip report).
Febuary - South Glen Shiel Ridge, taken sunrise from Faochag (trip report).
March - View west from Geal-charn Mor in the Monadhliath Mountains.
April - View of Bidean nam Bian at the entrance to Glen Coe.
May - View from Loch an Eilein looking towards Creag Dhubh.
June - River Finhorn at Randolphs Leap.
July - an isolate pool within the vaste woodland between Lossiemount and Kingston in Moray.
August - Sgurr nan Each fron the road to Elgol on the Isle of Skye ( trip report of hike to Sgurr na stri).
September - Stormy sea's along the coastline of Portknockie, Moray.
October - B and W photo taken of Loch Garden, Cairngorms.
November - Early morning of the Fiacaill Ridge in the Cairngorms (trip report)
December - An Teallach in the Higlands taken early one winters morning.

The paracord bullwhip

The Paracord Bullwhip

A pictorial “how to” guide to making a 4 foot, 16 plait Bullwhip, Snakewhip and Wooden handled whip.

Whips of one sort or another have been around for centuries where the predominant material used in their construction was leather. Not so now, before the handling and use of leather left whip making in the domain of those skilled with such materials but the humble nylon Paracord now enables anyone with the will and determination to make their own robust, strong whip at a fraction of the price of a leather one.
If you are such a person, then read on and learn how to make one, or all of the whips shown within its pages.

72 pages, A4 size. Purchase from my ebay page here.