About Me

“Pack rats are nest builders. They use plant material such as branches, twigs, sticks, and other available debris. Getting into everything from attics to car engines, stealing their ‘treasures’, damaging electrical wiring, and creating general noisy havoc can easily cause them to become a nuisance. A peculiar characteristic is that if they find something they want, they will drop what they are currently carrying, for example a piece of cactus, and “trade” it for the new item. They are particularly fond of shiny objects. These two traits have inspired an anecdote about a man finding his dime replaced by two nickels. They can also be quite vocal and boisterous.” (Wikipedia)

A pack rat (Neotoma cinerea)

Neotoma cinerea, or bushy-tailed pack rat.

Hard to believe, I know, but my name isn’t actually ‘Packrat’ — I’m Bruce Ure. I was born in Canterbury, Kent on a waxing crescent moon (true). The ‘packrat’ thing comes from my nickname on a few mainly knife and countryside forums (though not all packrats out there are me). I chose it on a whim when I joined the forums to try and find a knife called a Kershaw Packrat, and it stuck. (I found the knife, it’s superb.) Some time later I discovered that I share a slightly alarming number of characteristics with the packrat. Yes there really is such a creature.

I don’t do wood-stabilising full-time. Surprisingly there isn’t a massive demand for it. It’s even possible that my dreams of becoming the first ‘global wood-stabilising magnate’ may not come to fruition, so in my day job I co-run a small IT consultancy in south London called BDI Systems. I have more years’ experience than I care to remember in IT: fixing things, writing programs, advising, installing, buying, backing up data and recovering it. You name it. BDI does bespoke support for small business: we’re friendly and we’re good.

I also have expertise in electronics and audio, though my hearing is pretty much screwed these days. I live surrounded by my lovely family in New Malden in Surrey, and I have an insane love for cats and a weakness for Landrovers, though don’t currently run either. I collect knives (note: ‘will stabilise for knives’) and make them (not very well) and I enjoy shooting my own food, cooking and eating it. Oh and I love films. And gadgets.

Thanks for reading. If you’ve questions, feel free to get in touch.