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Updated Version of "Ancient Skills" now available for free download

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Coote Aug 20, 2012. 5 Replies

Hi.   Sorry that I've been so inactive here for a while.   I've been busy.One of the things I've done is to clean up the digital version of the book "Ancient Skills".  I also added a wee bit of text…Continue

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I'm looking for a new centrefire rifle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Coote Jan 8, 2012. 14 Replies

I need a new rifle.   I have access to the old Lee-Enfield .303s that I've used for years, and more recently I've been using a Lee-Enfield that has been converted to fire the 7.62 x 39 cartridge.…Continue

Knives

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lachlan Jake Rogers Jan 29, 2012. 10 Replies

I like knives and I have owned dozens of them.   I still have more than I really need, but it is nice to have a selection.   I've found that many simpler or 'cheaper' knives perform pretty well. In…Continue

Been Busy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Hunt Sep 27, 2010. 3 Replies

Hi All, and welcome to all the new folks.   Sorry I haven't been very active on the site lately.  I'm still flat out trying to get our new section into shape.   It is beginning to look good now and…Continue

 

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Stephen Coote and Norm Lovelock are now friends
Jan 8

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Stephen Coote replied to John Swarbrick's discussion What Knives do Kiwi Bushcrafters Use...
"I don't know anything about your khukuri unfortunately, but it certainly does look robust with what appears to be a full tang handle.  I can see that it would be likely to slip out of your hand while chopping... and I guess that is why a…"
Jan 8

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Philfy Vermin replied to Stephen Coote's discussion More than just Bushcraft
"personally i cant stand bear grylls, bigtime phony, been caught  out a few times, youtube gear gyrlls fake if you wanna see it.his products are ok sure, but they are all about double the price they need to be for anyone to make a honest buck,…"
Oct 3, 2013

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Stephen Coote replied to Jim Gnapp's discussion Primitive hunting in NZ
"Good luck with that argillite Jim.  It is tough stuff. Phone me or email me.      Phone:   (03) 545 6973    Email:  srcoote[at]gmail.com Stephen Coote."
May 1, 2013

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Stephen Coote replied to Jim Gnapp's discussion Primitive hunting in NZ
"Spinifex is an Australian thing.  I don't think we have it growing wild down here.   The only do-it-yourself glues I know much about are pine resin and animal (hide) glue. The best, or maybe the most convenient, cordage down here in…"
Mar 22, 2013

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Stephen Coote replied to Jim Gnapp's discussion Primitive hunting in NZ
"If I wanted to hunt with primitive equipment (and I have sometimes), I wouldn't talk about it too widely because some folks are easily upset.   If I was confident in my own ability to be fairly sure of making a clean kill, I'd just go…"
Mar 19, 2013

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Stephen Coote and Jim Gnapp are now friends
Mar 19, 2013

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Rob Mac replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Big Blades for the Bush
"I love my svord kiwi bush knife(machete).good in the bush, working wood and cutting up animals."
Aug 28, 2012

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Stephen Coote replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Big Blades for the Bush
"Dang."
Aug 28, 2012

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JRW replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Big Blades for the Bush
"Thanks, when I first got it I wanted to test it out as a weapon so I bought a cheap leg of mutton and did a back cut onto the leg, it cut though cleanly to the bone, shattered the bone rather then cut through it then cut the rest of the way through…"
Aug 28, 2012

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Jelena Middleton replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Big Blades for the Bush
"Nice knife, JRW!"
Aug 28, 2012

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JRW replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Big Blades for the Bush
"Dead Thread I know -  Here is one of my favorite knives, my Von Tempsky Forest Ranger Bowie by Svord.  I know it may seem a bit rambo and people may find it scary but it is pretty useful, I have modified the sheath by putting a jeans…"
Aug 28, 2012

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Stephen Coote replied to John Swarbrick's discussion What Knives do Kiwi Bushcrafters Use...
"Yep, you can do all sorts of things with a nice light knife if you are careful.   I've played with all sorts of blades, and for most around home or hunting jobs I'm inclined to agree with the guys that say 'Thin is in'. The…"
Aug 27, 2012

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Stephen Coote replied to John Swarbrick's discussion What Knives do Kiwi Bushcrafters Use...
"I like the look of that Mora..... and the hatchet has quite an appeal as well.  Very nice."
Aug 27, 2012

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Stephen Coote replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Updated Version of "Ancient Skills" now available for free download
"The trigger of the deadfall trap shown in my photos consists of two sticks.   The top stick has had the bottom edge sharpened a bit like a chisel.   I would generally rotate that top stick 90 degrees to make the chisel edge parallel with…"
Aug 20, 2012

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Moba replied to Stephen Coote's discussion Updated Version of "Ancient Skills" now available for free download
"Thanks very much for this! An African version of the deadfall trap was taught to me as a child by some maShona friends that had a lot of influence on my love of bushcraft. I have forgotten that version, but will give this one a go."
Aug 20, 2012

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

Stephen Coote's Blog

Making an Efficient Portable Wood Stove.

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 9:00 3 Comments

This stove is based on the plans for the "EverythingNice" stove which can be downloaded freely from the World Stove site: http://worldstove.com/album/your-versions-of-the-everythingnice-stove/


I have played around with fires and stoves over the years, and the World Stove design impressed me. I think the small opening in the top of the stove is an important feature and I saw this for the…
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Figure-4 Deadfall Trigger. Great for Rats & Mice

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 21:34 0 Comments

I have caught a lot of mice and a few rats using a simple figure-4 deadfall. One thing I do, which I haven’t seen anywhere else, is to split the end of the bait stick. I force the bait well into the split so that the rodents need to push hard to get at it.




This trigger could be used to make a bigger deadfall for bigger animals. I’ve never seriously tried to do this. There is a lot less work…
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The Simple Sack Pack

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 18:00 4 Comments

Sack packs are a simple bag you can carry quite a load in. I think a Kiwi name for them might be pikau.


The simplest is just a feed sack or fertiliser bag with rope 'straps' tied to the bottom corners. You need something like a small pebble in each corner to stop the rope slipping off. It has been suggested that you can have onions or potatoes in the corners of the bag so you have some food with you.


The rope on a sack pack can be one…
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Bow Making and Associated Equipment

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 18:41 3 Comments

I've made dozens of bows, but I have broken most of them. Dunno for sure what the reasons for the breakages are.... probably inexperience, incompetence, and the unknown qualities of the wood I've been trying to work with.


I have some surviving bows though. One of my favourites is made from Olearia paniculata. I hope I spelt that correctly. It has a stringy bark and a yellow tinge in the leaf. Others are made from sycamore, barberry, hard beech (I think) and kanuka. Most of…
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At 21:48 on January 5, 2012,
Admin
Ryan Hunt
said…

Trying to get a workshop together in otago, check it out

http://bushcraft.org.nz/forum/topics/workshop-in-otago

At 21:01 on June 26, 2011,
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Norm Lovelock
said…

Hi Stephen,

I have a piece of dry Mahoe, & a stick of Kaikomako. Thought you may be inter  in making a fire drill with them. By all accounts this was the favourite woods used buy the Maoris for fire making.

Cheers Norm.

At 20:18 on June 19, 2011,
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Norm Lovelock
said…

Hi Stephen,

Where did you buy your Tramontina machete from?

Cheers Norm.

At 21:12 on June 15, 2011,
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Norm Lovelock
said…

Hi Stephen,

You metioned looking at a knife. I purchased a Cold Steel Long Hunter a while ago. Very happy with it, amazingly light, and super sharp. I drilled a hole in the handle for a Lanyard I would recommend it as a good all rounder without spending too much.

Cheers Norm.

At 17:08 on June 15, 2011,
Shrafter
Norm Lovelock
said…

Hi Stephen,

Have been out of action since our chat at the market. Have a prolapse disk in my lower back. Would not wish that on anyone . Am slowly making progress, and should be fighting fit in a wk or so ???

At 3:20 on June 9, 2011,
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Ij
said…
Love to meet up some time soon n share skills n insights in bushcraft...smiles, Ij
At 9:56 on October 21, 2010,
Shrafter
Terry Smith
said…
HI Stephen
about bow fishing Im going to try it in the sea off some rock with some floating bait
At 14:15 on July 28, 2010,
Newbie
Glenn Edwards
said…
i got a permit to set traps in kaimai's but obvious sign that someone else has been there recently doing exactly that. I believe they are are still doing it. Id rather not have a confrontation over the area, so i sourced a farm block about 28kms from me. According to old skl farmer i should find full traps each morning.

Only have 12 leg traps as just starting so will make up some snares whilst out there to make it worth while.

Also can you provide me with thread or link on making my own bow? Im currently solo dad with 2 kids and have spare time whilst they at school, so looking for things to keep me fit and mentaly awake.

Cheers Glenn
At 18:04 on June 30, 2010,
Newbie
Martin Hunter
said…
Thanks Stephen, much appreciated...
At 21:05 on June 24, 2010,
Admin
Ryan Hunt
said…
Hi Stephen, welcome to the network!
 
 
 

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