The Fallen Trail



SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

The Fallen Trail started out in 2016 after its founder, James Ryan (aka Iron Eye), went on a hiking trip to Ireland with his son, Jacob, where they 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, James was immediately inspired to discover his own passion for rustic woodworking.

Since returning back to Canada, James, a 45-year old grandfather, has created a small collection of highly unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-made creations, which ultimately include: 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 wood which has been painstakingly reclaimed from along the various hiking trails of the Niagara Region in Ontario, Canada. No live trees are ever harmed.

James has also been writing, blogging and podcasting since 2009 ( He has written and self-published two non-fiction books (Desolate Warrior, Sociopatriot) and is currently writing his third. He’s 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, James has written well over 500 articles, including more than 300 interviews.

In his personal life, James is 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, is a member of the SWKKF Archive Committee, a contributor to the SWKKF Harmonizer Newsletter, and occasionally teaches the adult classes over at the St. Catharines Wado Kai Karate Club. He also enjoys kayaking, hiking, wilderness camping, nature photography, and sharing his adventures through social media.

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