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From File to Knife (with simple tools) How To…. Build a Classic Aures Campfire Crane. The final part of the Aures Crane Trilogy – The Classic.

How To…. Build a Classic Aures Campfire Crane

I call this one the Classic as it is the design laid out in the book Camp-Lore and Woodcraft. The author Daniel Beard called it a rustic crane fashioned along similar lines as the iron cranes found commonly over 100 years ago over open fireplaces. The crane is named after Victor Aures, a Scout Master from Buffalo, NY. How To…. Build a Gibbet Aures Campfire Crane. This is the second of my blog posts on the Aures campfire crane trilogy.

How To…. Build a Gibbet Aures Campfire Crane

Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life. For the last few years we have made a name for ourselves with Foraging and Wild Foods courses, and we have led hundreds of clients through woods, fields and along beaches looking for food for free.

Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life

Something that we think is vital to any kind of outdoor skill education is sending people away afterwards with the skills and knowledge to continue their learning in the days, weeks and years to come. A big part of this is recommending some excellent foraging guidebooks that will not only help folk identify the edible (and poisonous!) Species, but will also show the wild food hunter the best places to find them and how to stay on the right side of the law.

British Trees - Woodland Trust. How to Sharpen an Ax. An ax is just as useful for today’s woodsman as it was for pioneers centuries ago.

How to Sharpen an Ax

A good man with an ax can still build a cabin, fence, or bobsled, and can keep himself warm with the firewood that he chops - no other tools necessary. There are many different ways to sharpen an ax, depending on whether you wish to fell a tree, smooth planks for a table, or shave hair off a rawhide lashing strip. To put an edge on an ax that is suitable for felling trees, chopping wood, or even grubbing stumps out of the ground follow the directions below. This edge is not designed to be razor sharp and will not be suited to carving or shaving. But it is great for all around use and will take a fair amount of abuse and still keep cutting. 1) Clamp your ax in a solidly mounted vise, edge up. 2) Make several passes with your file on each side of the edge -– stroking in a downward motion as shown in the video below.

How to Sharpen a Knife at Camp. Keeping your tools sharp is important for several reasons.

How to Sharpen a Knife at Camp

Not only does a sharp tool make carving one of the greatest joys of bushcraft, it is also safer. The Super Cat Alcohol Stove. Background More than a century after the venerable Svea kerosene stove first went into production, one might reasonably wonder why backcountry stoves, like so many other mature products, haven't coalesced around one or two successful design technologies.

The Super Cat Alcohol Stove

Instead, today's backpackers still burn white gas, kerosene, diesel, automotive gas, jet fuel, propane, solid fuel tablets, butane/propane mixes, wood, paraffin, mineral spirits, vegetable oils, methanol, ethanol, and isopropyl alcohol in a huge variety of stove types. So why still so many choices? I guess simply because no one has yet been able to come up with an all-in-one design that can meet the wide range of environmental, fuel availability, weight, cooking, and safety requirements of today's hikers.

Ultralight models, often equipped with piezoelectric lighters, are made by MSR, Primus, Gaz, Snow Peak, Brunton, Optimus, Coleman and others, and are convenient, dependable, quiet, efficient, and though hot burning, can also simmer well. Campfire Lighting Tips. This very useful guest blog entry on campfire lighting comes from Eco Camp UK’s very good friend and wild camping enthusiast Jon.

Campfire Lighting Tips

In Search Of An Inner Silence. Far too soon for my liking, the pilot kills the revs of his 1950’s Otter float plane and we glide down to a surprisingly smooth landing on the Allen Water River.

In Search Of An Inner Silence

Startled wildlife darts for cover along the shore as we busily get to work untying our canoes. Time is money for a float plane, and within moments of us pushing away from the plane’s floats, its engines roar back to life and it’s skimming at speed across the flat water, before lifting skyward and vanishing over the forest’s canopy. Ray writes something in a note pad, before slipping it back into his kitbag. I’m not sure if it’s a thought, or something he’d seen on the flight, but you could see it was a personal moment, so I didn’t intrude. We paddle our canoes away from our drop off point to where the river narrows. Meditation over, Ray picks up his paddle and nods in the direction of our travel – and we continue wordlessly towards the spot where we now relax. Ray: I’ve always felt like that with forests in general.

How To…. Make Spruce Pitch in a Tin Can. I have written various posts now on creating primitive tools and in my article on making arrows I showed you how to make some spruce pitch using hot rocks.

How To…. Make Spruce Pitch in a Tin Can

This How To…. will lay out all the steps I take to make spruce pitch using tin cans. I find that when I want to make a lot of pitch quickly that this method works well for me however I do appreciate that there are many other methods for making pitch. The resin produced using this method gives you a much finer pitch than the hot rocks method as you can see in the picture below. The pitch stick on the left was made using the tin method and the smaller rougher pitch stick on the right was made using hot rocks. I took these pictures while out bushcrafting with my friend Mark Beer in the woods around Silchester in Hampshire (UK)

Knowledge Weighs Nothing - Emergency Preparedness. Top 10 wild foods to forage in spring. The Bushcraft Store - Bushcraft & Survival Kit at Great Prices. Community Forum - How To.... Carve a Collapsible Pot Hanger. When I first started venturing into the world of bushcraft I got into carving spoons and bowdrill sets.

Community Forum - How To.... Carve a Collapsible Pot Hanger

How To…. Make and Use a Simple Flint Knife. How To…. Make and Use a Simple Flint Knife As part of a primitive technology course I was taking with Woodcraft School back in 2009 I had to make various craft pieces. The aim of the course was to slowly take away our modern tools so that by the end of the course we would only be using primitive tools to make our craft items.I was using hand-held flint tools such as discoidal knives in the beginning but about halfway through the course I decided something a bit better was required. This How To…. is designed to show you the simple steps I took to make my flint knife and show you some of the uses I have put it to since. A simple flint knifeDuring the course (spread out over 5 months) I came across the knife you can see below left in the Museum of Prehistory at Cheddar Gorge.

Not only was the knife beautifully constructed it also looked strong and practical. How To…. Carve a Simple Spoon: the double-handle technique. How To…. Carve a Simple Spoon: the double-handle technique This How To…. illustrates some simple steps to carve a small spoon you can easily make when you are out and about. A simple spoonI was training on campcraft in Crowborough (Ashdown Forest in the UK) recently and in between classes decided to carve this simple spoon. A nearby willow tree had been felled a few years ago and lots of shoots had re-grown from the stump. Local WillowI selected a shoot and sawed it off near its base. Cutting the limb cleanly at the base will allow the tree to heal itself quickly and send out a replacement shoot the following year. How To…. Make a Flint-Tipped Arrow. How To…. Make a Flint-Tipped Arrow I put this How To…. together to show how to construct a couple of primitive arrows. I used mainly primitive tools with the exception of a few modern touches: the occasional use of a steel knife, adding false sinew when I ran out of real sinew, some sandpaper, a copper-tipped flaker and bleached feathers.Preparing the arrow shaftsI made these arrows while on the Woodcraft School Primitive Technology course in 2009.

John Rhyder the course instructor supplied us with pre-cut branches from a spindle (Euonynus europaeus) tree, which has traditionally been used for the manufacture of arrows as it is a hard wood and takes a point well. Wynnchester Camp & Adventure - Classic Canvas Bedrolls (Australian Swag) Rucksacks, Tarps, Tents and Camp Beds. How To…. Carve an Ash Flatbow. How To…. Carve an Ash Flatbow Building a bow – from a log to a beautiful bowI carved this Ash Flatbow back in 2008 while I was on my Bushcraft Instructors course with Woodcraft School and has since been used by scores of my Sea Cadets, and many of my friends and family. The two instructors who taught me to make this bow were John Rhyder (head instructor at Woodcraft School) and Nick McMillen (now of the Field Farm Project).

Both of them as well as being professional outdoorsmen are top bowyers.