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Native timber for bow's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Aug 21, 2012. 12 Replies

Just wondering what the best native timber is best for bow making. Is there any timber suitable for making a bow from green wood? Arrows shafts? what would you use. Thinking survival bow and arrow!

Cutting tools in the bush

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sticks65 Dec 9, 2010. 10 Replies

Just wondering what cutting tools you guys take to the bush. As a rule i take a fixed blade knife, Leatherman and folding saw. Up to now these have covered all my needs and more, but i'am…Continue

Hi from Hawkes Bay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Hunt Sep 3, 2010. 4 Replies

Hi to all. Orignally from the UK, have been in country 8yrs this Sep and loved every moment. Spent many enjoyable years hunting, shooting, fishing and what we now call bushcraft in the UK. Work here…Continue

 

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Neil Clarke commented on Tony C's blog post overnighting on DOC land
"When overnighting in the bush just use your common sense ie leave everything as you found it, take out what you took in and leave no trace. That way no one will know any different, in the real world DOC cannot police it anyway but what we don't…"
Mar 16

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Neil Clarke posted a blog post

Josh James

Check this guy out, https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=josh+james+kiwi+bushman&sm=1Mad as brick, very entertaining but very knowledgable, well worth a look.See More
Nov 16, 2013

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Neil Clarke commented on Dave's blog post My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys
"Going to have to dig out my hammock and have a go at some treeless set ups!"
Oct 17, 2013

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Neil Clarke commented on Dave's blog post My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys
"Only one slight disadvantage with a hammock is that you need a couple of trees to hang them on and those trees to be in the right place! If you prep the ground before hand and orientate your self so you sleep with your head higher than your feet it…"
Oct 16, 2013

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Neil Clarke commented on Dave's blog post My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys
"Hi Dave, nice setup, much like mine, i use a down bag with a Gortex bivvy for the colder months and a synthetic bag and lightweight bivvy for the warmer months. Biggest issue with down bag and Gortex bivvy is the weight and bulk, if it…"
Oct 13, 2013

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Neil Clarke posted a blog post

My cutting tools and why I choose them

For heavy chopping, clearing bush etc I use a Tramontina Bolus style machete, its light, well balanced and at $25 I don't mind if it gets knocked about. It will throw sparks off its spine with a flint and is easy to pack out. I tend to use it primally if we are making a semi permanent bivvy, other wise it gets left at home. One cutting tool that is always with me is my Bahco folding saw it's light, easy to use and a safer option than either a machete or axe. Apart from processing fire wood I…See More
Oct 4, 2013

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Oct 3, 2013

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Oct 2, 2013

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Neil Clarke replied to Te Hansen's discussion Sleeping bags for cold winter temperatures
"Hi, for the cooler months I use a ex army down filled bag and a silk liner and have been very comfortable just under a tarp. The silk liner makes all the difference to a good nights sleep, if nothing else it stops me getting all screwed up the bag.…"
Sep 19, 2013

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Neil Clarke replied to Gudni Svavarsson's discussion Into the wild for 60 days. Need advice from you guys
"Hi Gudni, good luck on your adventures, I recommend getting a book called "A field guide to the native edible plants of New Zealand" by Andrew Crowe. Unless you are an experienced bow hunter I would stick to trapping possums and fishing,…"
Aug 18, 2013

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Neil Clarke posted photos
Aug 18, 2013

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Sean replied to Neil Clarke's discussion Native timber for bow's
"Its been a while Post it up in the bowyers group if you haven't found that already.  Bowmaking has taken a break ever since the 'discovery' of the .177 air rifle and the bad weather. Will get back into bow-making in…"
Aug 21, 2012

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Rob Mac replied to Neil Clarke's discussion Native timber for bow's
"Even small branches are good to get Practise tillering with. There is plenty of bow wood around once you know what you are looking for. I would be inclined to glue a backing on the macro just for added protection. Silk or linen will do. You can…"
Aug 19, 2012

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David replied to Neil Clarke's discussion Native timber for bow's
"hi rob, thanks for that, yes i would be looking at using a 3-4 inch branch, straighter the better. and carve the long bow from that, splitting it in half and using the good front  outer face as the front of the bow,  i would love to have…"
Aug 19, 2012

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What part of the country are you based?
Hawkes Bay
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Havelock North
What are your interests?
Tracking, Primitive skills, Navigation skills, Shelter building, Survival skills, Plant identification, Hunting/trapping, Tramping

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Josh James

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 13:49 1 Comment

Check this guy out, https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=josh+james+kiwi+bushman&sm=1

Mad as brick, very entertaining but very knowledgable, well worth a look.

My cutting tools and why I choose them

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 17:04 0 Comments

For heavy chopping, clearing bush etc I use a Tramontina Bolus style machete, its light, well balanced and at $25 I don't mind if it gets knocked about. It will throw sparks off its spine with a flint and is easy to pack out. I tend to use it primally if we are making a semi permanent bivvy, other wise it gets left at home. One cutting tool that is always with me is my Bahco folding saw it's light, easy to use and a safer option than either a machete or axe. Apart from processing fire wood I… Continue

Family tramp to Te Puia Lodge

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 10:59 2 Comments

Just found the photos from last Clarke family tramp in to the Kawekas. The grand plan was to tramp to the hut, drop the kit and continue onto the Mangatainoka Thermal Springs a further 45mins from the hut, but after the 2hr drive to the carpark and the 4hr tramp to the hut, the younger members of the family deceided enough was enough and anyway the hut was far more fun. With the hut checked out next was a…

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At 21:56 on September 6, 2010,
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Ryan Hunt
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Hi Neil, thanks for the message regarding the books. I have set you up as one of the group administrators for the library, it should give you a bit more freedom in case you want to add anything.
let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!
At 20:56 on August 31, 2010,
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Ryan Hunt
said…
Gidday Neil, welcome to our network. Please feel free to have a look around the forums and groups, and please let me know if you have any questions
Cheers
 
 
 

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