Mostrando postagens de Outubro, 2011

Bushcraft Knots Tutorial


Wild Britain with Ray Mears, Series 2 - Official ITV trailer


Hammock out of Duct Tape

Make a Hammock out of Duct Tape and every household materials in 3 Easy steps

Axe Sheath Tutorial

Great article by Axe Sheath Tutorial: "Since getting involved in refurbishing and restoring old axes, I have noticed that most don't have sheaths. I am not a fan of putting a razor edge on an axe only to give it back to the person unprotected. The sheath not only protects the axe's edge, but more importantly protects the person carrying the axe. I know most people may not have much fancy equipment for leather work, so I have tried to make the simplest axe sheath possible using minimal equipment. So lets see what we will need to make a quality, nice looking axe sheath.

The Gear of Horace Kephart

Great article by The Gear of Horace Kephart: "
Horace Kephart is another well respected pioneer in what has come to be known as bushcraft. His book Camping and Woodcraft has been a guide to many outdoorsmen, and you can find a copy of it here. When examining the book, you will notice that it contains two volumes. The first one focuses on camping, while the second volume is on woodsmenship. My interest here lies in the second book because it is more relevant to bushcraft. There are many guide-books on camping which will be able to give you a more up to date view of the available gear. In this post I will focus on the gear he recommends for the woodsman.

The first thing that becomes clear when reading the book is that while it was inspired by the example of Nessmuk, it is a much more detail oriented and thought out account of the necessary gear and skills. The length of the book, and the amount of material covered can at times be daunting, but it giv…

Gabriel Branby of Gränsfors Bruks

Gabriel Branby is CEO ofGränsfors Bruks AB.  They are makers of one the finest forged axes in the world. It has become more than just an axe. It is an icon for quality and a belief that there is another way of making things. Gabriel turned around the struggling company making it a global embodiment of quality and utility. And he did it by getting Gransfors to return to the thing it does best: Making a simple axe that does its job well and telling the story of how it is made.

how the Japanese use waterstones for sharpening

Article by how the Japanese use waterstones for sharpening: "Did you ever see a better sharpening set up than this?
The water trough has running water fed from a stream so is continually flushing away the swarf and slurry from the stones. This sharpening trough was set up on the edge of our tea house worksite in Japan and the Japanese carpenters would visit regularly to keep a perfect edge on their tools. I have been sharpening with waterstones in the UK for many years but I learned a lot from watching and working at this sharpening trough.

Survival versus Bushcraft

Great article by Survival versus Bushcraft: "Survivalists and bushcrafters have a great deal in common. In general both are believers in self reliance and appreciate the need to learn skills often thought of as outdated by the general populace. I think the difference is that in the survivalists mind, scenarios are quite extreme and they often see themselves alone and against daunting odds. I prefer bushcraft. It seems less complicated and requires less paranoia. By no means am I saying you shouldn't store some food and provisions. In fact, I encourage this. I am a firm believer that whoever feeds you owns you so make sure you have enough to get by in lean times. In my opinion this is good housekeeping, not survivalism.

So why is survivalism negative? I don't think it is, but it attracts quite a few weirdos. By weirdos, I mean folks who:
Feel the need to hammer their knives through an anvil to make sure that it will survive a typical sur…

Carving the Classic Feather Stick by Jim Dillard

Great article by Carving the Classic Feather Stick by Jim Dillard: Carving the Classic Feather Stick

Among bushcrafters a person’s skill is often judged by their ability to make a quality feather stick. Making a quality stick not only requires top-notch knife skills, it also requires the maker to know a variety of woods and their characteristics.

The feather stick is important for several reasons. The most obvious reason and use of the stick is of course to start a fire. A flame touched to several well-made sticks will start a fire even when the wood is damp. Any camper can find themselves in conditions where the only firewood available is damp, and these are often the times when you need a fir e the most. Where I live in a sub-Arctic rain forest, there is always abundant wood, and it is always wet, so wet-wood fire skills are a must.

Another reason to practice making the sticks is that it quickly improves general knife skills. Every bit of co…