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Scott Hamilton's Discussions

You know you are a Bushcrafter when....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Te Hopo Nov 6, 2010. 2 Replies

When you walk into a Pine forest and see nothing but Fatwood, Pine pitch and a brew of Pine needle tea. When you go for a tramp and forget to take anything but your knife and firesteel... When you…Continue

What have you watched and would recommend?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Te Hopo Nov 6, 2010. 3 Replies

Hi, I love to see programs or movies on wilderness survival and self reliance, also bushcraft skills and movies using skills and techniques. Sick of going to sites and seeing under this type of…Continue

'Dual Survival' Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Johnson-Hunt Nov 30, 2011. 19 Replies

New series called 'Dual Survival', have been able to watch only one episode, Series one episode two and it is based in New Zealand, Glacier country.Thought you all may like a heads up.Continue

Bow drill, Friction fire

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Saunders Apr 21, 2012. 36 Replies

Has any one come across a suitable, readily available wood, in NZ that is good for friction fire? I have tried some Pine and got smoke but had no tinder etc so did not go any further. Has any one…Continue


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Latest Activity

Paul Sice commented on Scott Hamilton's blog post Finding Fatwood.
"Great info, thank you"
Aug 7, 2015

Kesate Iyasu commented on Scott Hamilton's blog post Finding Fatwood.
"You can also find fatwood in the crotch of a pine tree, from the research Dave Canterbury does, the more the angle of a forked off branch, the more likely it is to contain fatwood"
Apr 20, 2015

Scott Hamilton commented on Tony C's blog post overnighting on DOC land
"Yes it is allowed, as a scout leader we never stay in huts, would drive people insane with a bunch of scouts around plus they would not have a bed anywhere. Lots of doc controlled land has no serviced huts etc, the only option is camping. It…"
Jun 18, 2014

Scott Hamilton and Ben Peneha are now friends
Jun 25, 2013

Mr.J replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Knife types you would carry. in the group Knives and Knifesmithing
"I really like Gobspark fire steels more than the LMF. They're a bit more sparkier. Mora makes the finest blade for the money, but the more heavy duty skookum knife looks the fischizzle. SAK knives are ok, but never seem to get as sharp as my…"
Nov 13, 2012

Scott Hamilton and Matt Te Paa are now friends
Aug 7, 2012

Matt Te Paa commented on Scott Hamilton's blog post New Fur buyer in Christchurch.
"Hi there. I am trapping and looking for buyers... I tried your cellphone number but isn't valid (cut off)"
Aug 6, 2012

Scott Hamilton and Kevin Hurl are now friends
Jul 13, 2012

Scott Hamilton replied to John Swarbrick's discussion What Knives do Kiwi Bushcrafters Use...
"They are a Stainless Mora Clipper as I have bought them with the mora clipper sticker on them, it also specifies that they are a Bacho."
Jul 2, 2012

roy ernest brickell commented on Scott Hamilton's blog post Walking Staffs
"We have a theory, you dont find walking sticks, they find you.! I have some  that I have aquired when in the bush. One, when my partner needed a stick, I noticed it lying next to her. I carved it over some days while camping, and still have it.…"
May 27, 2012

Scott Hamilton and jeffrey williams are now friends
May 5, 2012

Scott Hamilton replied to Ryan Johnson-Hunt's discussion NEW to BushcraftNZ - Member Status!
"I think that if this is how people are reacting at this level, then the idea should be scrapped. Perhaps another group could be created that you have to join up with, such as the Christchurch, Wellington group etc could be created where those…"
May 3, 2012

Scott Hamilton replied to Ryan Johnson-Hunt's discussion NEW to BushcraftNZ - Member Status!
"Hey hold on here guys, I think you are starting to blow this out of proportion. This is not a national qualification, it is relevant only within our community, and only would be of interest to those that are members. I am a Scout leader and there is…"
May 2, 2012

Dion Carroll and Scott Hamilton are now friends
May 1, 2012

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

Ray Saunders replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Bow drill, Friction fire
"I understand poplar is pretty good"
Apr 21, 2012

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What are your interests?
Firecraft, Tracking, Primitive skills, Tramping, Navigation skills, Crafts, Survival skills, Plant identification, Hunting/trapping, Shelter building

Scott Hamilton's Blog

Wild food Classes/walks

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 20:58 2 Comments

Anyone know of any courses etc in the Canterbury region

New food bill to be passed...Please read...

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 22:02 6 Comments

Not sure if you all have heard of this new food bill to be passed, I say to be passed as it must be passed to meet our obligations as members of The World Trade Organisation.

This is effectively going to make it illegal to give away seeds, spare produce etc to friends family and neighours, it also means without permission from government you will be breaking the law if you sell any, eg at markets etc, or as a cottage industry.


It also gives police the ability to raid…


Walking Staffs

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 21:00 3 Comments

Would love to see any pictures of anyones staffs, and hear the different ideas that us Kiwis have for additions etc to them.

I have seen all sorts from other bushcraft sites around the world and was wondering if anyone knows of really unusual woods that are native to NZ that have great grain pattens etc such as curly maple and the like. Seems overseas you have some fantastic looking woods that really stand out, do we?

BBQ meeting in Christchurch.

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 11:13 1 Comment

Hi, Finally I am going to have a BBQ at my home for fellow Shrafters.


On the 19th of March from around 4pm, we are going to run a meet and greet, as well as a brainstorming session. As I have never run a Bushcraft event, I wish to get everyones Ideas, possible venue ideas etc for future outdoor meets. Also will get an idea of who is interested in running any training sessions at these meets in their specialist areas.

I want to try and get our families, kids, partners…


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At 23:18 on May 26, 2011,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt

Hi Scott, threw an event together to get the ball rolling. Did you get an invite? I tried to send it to everyone, even if they cont come they can spread the word or keep up with whats happening.

Feel free to edit it how you wish

At 12:55 on October 25, 2010,
Terry Smith
HI Scott
that woud be sweet i havnt hunted overthere befor
we will have to organise a catch up at sum stage
mabe the canterbuy members coud have a meeting or a outing to I think we coud leare alot from you and alot of the new members are just starting out and looking to lear bushcraft
wot do you think
At 11:55 on October 24, 2010,
Terry Smith
Hi Scott
can you hunt deer in banks peninaula ?
At 9:47 on October 24, 2010,
Terry Smith
Hi Scott
I love hunting and trapping I was a possum traper and had a doc permit and i did ok then they 1080 no possum no $ no job
I do not no how doc can do that and get a way with it doc and 1080 can kiss my *** lol
At 23:18 on October 22, 2010,
Terry Smith
Hi Scott
do you possums hunt on doc land
At 21:12 on September 30, 2010,
Terry Smith
Hi Im Terry and im looking for a bushcraft group in chch can you help me out

thanks scott
At 22:11 on September 6, 2010,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
Hi, sorry I have been away for the weekend and haven't had a chance until now to check to see if you and your loved ones are ok following the earthquake.

If you have suffered damage or loss please share it with us, as we may be able to help. BushcraftNZ is a community, and like all others we need to band together in troubled times.

I have set up a forum discussion, looking forward to hearing your story
At 10:27 on July 28, 2010,
Johnson P Anthony
Hi Scott,

Good to be part of BushCraftNZ. Grea web site. Keep up the good work and spread far and wide.


At 18:14 on July 26, 2010,
Thanx for the welcome, it's good to get with nature and just be alone sometime, heard about this place from the grapevine, it's really informative great job

At 4:24 on July 20, 2010,
Thanks for the welcome, Scott. I followed Stephen here as I feel that any place he takes the time to hang in is a very good place indeed.


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