The Letterboxer's Companion

The Letterboxer's Companion

by Randy Hall




Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of hiking, puzzle solving, treasure hunting, and rubber stamp artistry, topped off with the thrill of discovery. The basic idea is simple. Clues, usually posted on a web site, will lead the person who correctly follows them to the secret location of a "letterbox." The letterbox contains a unique rubber stamp and a logbook. The searcher carries a personal rubber stamp and logbook. When the letterbox is found, its finder stamps the box's logbook with his or her personal stamp, and stamps the personal logbook with the stamp in the letterbox. The letterbox is then secreted away again.

There is something for everyone in this quaint, Old World pastime. Artists and writers enjoy the opportunity to express themselves in their stamps and clues, while hikers and outdoor adventurers have found this an excellent way to share their special places with others. Letterboxing has been used for education, teambuilding, and as a way to explore a community's heritage.

The Letterboxer's Companion is a complete introduction to letterboxing. It includes a history of letterboxing, instructions on making personal stamps and letterboxes, letterboxing etiquette and conventions, basic land navigation teckniques, writing and following clues—everything the aspiring letterboxer needs to get started in this fascinating, family-friendly pastime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762727940
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.18(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Randy Hall is a co-founder of the Letterboxing North America Web site, He lives in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

Read an Excerpt

Nothing compares to the thrill of the hunt. You're hiking through a forest of ancient hemlocks on a forgotten road, following a trail of cunning riddles to something cryptically referred to as the "wizard of the wood." You check your compass, then spy a gnarled oak just upstream that looks eerily like an old man. At its feet you find the cubbyhole that you know will be there, and pull out a small box containing some of the most exquisite stamp art you've ever seen.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Letterboxingvii
1.History of Letterboxing1
2.Gearing Up to Find Letterboxes5
3.Basics of Finding Letterboxes11
4.Basics of Creating Letterboxes27
5.Basics of Rubber Stamp Artistry47
6.Letterboxing Etiquette and Conventions63
7.Advanced Techniques71
Internet Resources87
About the Author102

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