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A peek at BL Workshop projects from decades past

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To close out our 100th birthday year, here’s a glimpse of some BL projects from decades past. Want to try them? Download the PDFs to see the original instructions and guidelines.

Make a photo display
July 1989

With a little woodworking skill, you can display your photos in a collage that can be hung on a wall for everyone to enjoy.

How to make a folding camp lantern
March 1951

Here’s a new item you might add to your list of lightweight equipment — a compact folding lantern.

How to make a periscope
January 1972

Did you ever wish you were a foot taller so you could look over a wall or fence, or be able to see more at a parade? With this easy-to-make periscope, you can.

Temporary Snow Shoes
January 1960

You can follow the example of the Indians and trappers of the far north, when they are caught short in a heavy snow storm. They make emergency shoes.

Dream On
September 1997

Troubled by nightmares? Hang a Native-American dreamcatcher by your bed and you’ll be sleeping soundly.

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12 Comments on A peek at BL Workshop projects from decades past

  1. Ben Hunt’s projects are great. More of these!

  2. please add more of the “old” projects

  3. I think that the snow shoes are easy to make

  4. Seems the like the projects were cooler back then…so were the articles, todays BL reads like a comic book..

  5. billythecoolguy // January 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm // Reply

    i need a simple project to do that can be a decoration for your room.thoughts?ideas?i need some.

  6. I mean cardboard

  7. can you use ardboard for the periscope?

  8. oh wow this is good advice and it’s cool

  9. These all look complecated.

  10. I think these are all great. These thibgs could really come in handy in the northern part of the U.S.

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