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Supplejack as tinder?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Hamilton Apr 24, 2012. 17 Replies

Hi all, I have heard recently of the use of supplejack as a tinder. It seems to me like the tougher, dried parts of the plant can be pounded to produce a mass of fibres that light well when dry with…Continue

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Sign Tracking link

Started this discussion. Last reply by BushrangerCZ May 4, 2011. 1 Reply

Hi all, it's been a while since I last posted on the site, seems like we've all been flat tack of late! The extra hour in the evening is making all the difference though, as is the spring weather,…Continue

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Flint sources

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Hunter May 6, 2012. 19 Replies

Hi all, I was wondering whether anyone is aware of a source of reasonable flint near them? I am aware that the limestone around Kaikoura and up the East coast of the NI yields nodules, though I don't…Continue

 

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Martin Hunter replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Flint sources
"hi, yes they are different materials. obsidian is extruded from volcanoes as volcanic glass (igneous), flint forms in certain sedimentary layers like chalk or limestone so depending on whether your garden is sitting on igneous or sedimentary bedrock…"
May 6, 2012

Tohunga
roy ernest brickell replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Flint sources
"now we are talking about obsidian. Is it different than chert/flint. If so I have a big chunk in my garden, sharp as!"
May 5, 2012

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Scott Hamilton replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Supplejack as tinder?
"Fatwood is pine that has a massive amount of pine resin in it, I have found the best supply to be rotting pine stumps. If you go into a pine forest that has been maintained go and kick the stumps, if you find a stump that is rotten with a hard…"
Apr 24, 2012

Tohunga
Ray Saunders replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Supplejack as tinder?
"Hi Joe thanks for the information, I should have known what it is as I live not to far from the Blue Mountains in Otago but have done most of my hunting in native bush. Thanks again Joe this is what makes this forum a great one. I hope I am able to…"
Apr 21, 2012

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Ray Saunders replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Supplejack as tinder?
"Hi Ryan , wow thats a fast reply, thanks a heap."
Apr 21, 2012

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Ryan Johnson-Hunt replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Supplejack as tinder?
Apr 21, 2012

Tohunga
Ray Saunders replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Supplejack as tinder?
"Hey Scott where do you get fatwood and what does it look like, I don't think I have heard of it before. Any info about it would be very welcome. Thanks in advance, Ray"
Apr 21, 2012

Tohunga
Ray Saunders replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Flint sources
"I would also love to get my hands on a nice piece of flint, if anyone finds a source here in nz"
Apr 21, 2012

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Ryan Johnson-Hunt replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Flint sources
"Thanks for that mate, especially helpful with the map too. I don't get up north much but next time I am I will check it out. When you have a second, it would be great if you could add this spot to a collaborative map I am trying to get up and…"
Aug 31, 2011

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No. 6 replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Flint sources
"There is a good source of obsidian in the upper reaches of the Kaeo River in Northland, near Kerikeri. Has good clears, and have seen pieces up to grapefruit size.  Gives nice conchoidal fractures, although not sure how easy it would be to work…"
Aug 31, 2011

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BushrangerCZ replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Sign Tracking link
"Hi guys, not sure what roams NZ woods, but here are some tracks and signs from our (Czech) beasts:"
May 4, 2011

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Martin Hunter replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Bow drill, Friction fire
"Excellent, thanks dean..."
Apr 25, 2011

Newbie
Martin Hunter replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Bow drill, Friction fire
"Cheers Sean. Incidentally, are you using the fire-plough technique (hika)? I have some experience with the bow-drill technique and have had some success with fire-plough too but not much, so interested to see how your technique develops! cheers,…"
Apr 14, 2011

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Martin Hunter replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Bow drill, Friction fire
"Hi Sean, thanks for this and would be good to keep us posted on your successes if you can. I have had trouble sourcing kaikomako in the Wellington region, bar one or two trees in Otari bush (protected area - so nothing I could use there). I know…"
Apr 9, 2011

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Martin Hunter replied to Martin Hunter's discussion Flint sources
"Hi Stephen, it's pretty variable from what I saw. I came away with a nice foot-sized lump that is not fissured and seems 'flawless', but some of the blocks I saw looked like they would shatter into tiny bits. There were also plenty of…"
Apr 8, 2011

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Martin Hunter commented on Martin Hunter's photo
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"A largish lump of flint on Cape Campbell..."
Apr 8, 2011

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What part of the country are you based?
Wellington Region
Town/City where you are based
Wellington
What are your interests?
Firecraft, Tracking, Primitive skills, Tramping, Navigation skills, Crafts, Survival skills, Plant identification, Shelter building

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Martin Hunter's Blog

Wineberry Withies

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 19:53 1 Comment

It's been a while since I posted something useful on my blog here, so today I thought I'd add a post regarding a welcome discovery I've made. Back in my native Somerset (UK), withies are a really popular, traditional material that has been used for centuries for cordage and lashings for all sorts of jobs and construction tasks. Withies are made from finger-thick branches and sapplings of certain plants. Back there, hazel and willow are popular choices. It's taken me…

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Tips On: Sharpening Stones "To Go"

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 19:44 4 Comments

It struck me that sometimes the little things might be useful to my fellow outdoor enhusiasts that are just starting out in the world bushcraft. So I thought I would add, from time-to-time, the odd quick post focusing on an item of kit or technique that may be second nature to o'timers. In this post I introduce the light-weight travelling sharpening stone kit (photo below). Full-weight sharpening stones are quite heavy and cumbersome, so whilst you'll take them with you for a…

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Making a Canoe Paddle

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 19:06 1 Comment

Ryan recently asked me to get involved with a few contributions to the bushcrafts NZ blog site, which I am thrilled to do as bushcraft is something I have been learning for many years and am passionate about. I am not sure how often I will be able to contribute, but when something interesting crops up then I’ll be sure to write a few words. I…

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Tips On: Reconditioning a Bushknife

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 18:00 2 Comments

I started learning the craft of knife smithing a few years ago on the South Island with a visit to Ross Johnston, a craftsman knife maker near Nelson. He runs Blackbird Valley forge and makes knives in the traditional way using many good grades of carbon steel from reused car parts and saw blades amongst other things. What he can turn an old metal file into is something to behold, the care and skill in his work is wonderful. I had had a go at reconditioning a couple of…

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At 14:06 on October 4, 2010,
Shrafter
Terry Smith
said…
Hi martin
Im a medievil combat instructor and I do medievil livinghistoey like swordsmithing armoursmith trap making i have some on trap making i will put them on to if you like
At 19:12 on July 5, 2010,
Admin
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
said…
Feel free to put any crafts you make (knives etc) in the listings Martin, I plan to put up some unused swanndri's etc as well.
Hope you are well, haven't heard from you in while
Cheers!
At 9:38 on June 30, 2010,
Shrafter
Stephen Coote
said…
I just followed a link to your personal website. You have made a nice job of it. I particularly like your photos and your knives. Best wishes... Coote.
At 21:41 on June 29, 2010,
Admin
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
said…
Hi Martin
If you have time check out the trading post, under the marketplace tab. What do you think? I think the trading/sharing resources side of things is most "bushcrafty", with the option to straight buy/sell there too
At 11:44 on June 2, 2010,
Tohunga
Benjamin Reimer
said…
Thanks Martin, it will be great to be a part of this.
 
 
 

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