The Fallen Trail



Last Updated: February 10, 2019

The Fallen Trail started out in 2016 after its founder, me (James Ryan aka Iron Eye), went on a hiking trip to Ireland with my son, Jacob, where we observed a highly-skilled woodworker during an exhibition of the ancient trades at the Wicklow Mountains National Park (Glendalough Village). After watching this master woodworker in action, I was immediately inspired to discover my own passion for rustic woodworking.

Once home, I began to create a small collection of highly unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-made wooden items, which ultimately included: hand-carved hiking sticks, walking canes, draught taps, hand-railings, shillelaghs, ice-fishing poles, hidden-compartment ashtrays, business card holders, charcuterie boards, wedding signature boards, hand-cut coasters, log benches, live-edge dog bowl boxes, and decorative table art pieces – all hand-made from recently fallen resources. Final works are often made from reclaimed materials found along the various hiking trails of the Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada. No live trees are ever harmed.

I’ve also also been writing, blogging and podcasting since 2009 (, I’ve written and self-published two non-fiction books (Desolate Warrior, Sociopatriot) and I’m currently working on my third, fourth, fifth and sixth. I’m a freelance book editor (50 States of Consciousness, The Way of Karate-do) and a former sportswriter (mixed martial arts) who’s been published with over 40 different website and print publications. In total, I’ve written well over 500 articles, including more than 300 interviews. Most recently, I was published in Black Belt Magazine.

In my personal life, I’m a first degree (Shodan) black belt in the Bill “Superfoot” Wallace Fighting System, a second degree (Nidan) black belt in the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation, a member of the SWKKF Archive Committee, a contributor to the SWKKF Harmonizer newsletter, and I occasionally teach the adult classes over at the St. Catharines Wado Kai Karate Club. I also enjoys kayaking, hiking, wilderness camping, nature photography, and sharing my adventures through social media. I’m also a loving husband, father and grandfather.

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