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Tinder fungi

Started Jan 28, 2011 0 Replies

I noticed a reference to tinder fungi in a post on firecraft and decided a separate discussion could be beneficial.There is a lot of knowledge to be rediscovered about polypores in NZ . I was hoping…Continue

Greetings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Hamilton Jan 25, 2011. 1 Reply

 Greetings I was thrilled to stumble upon this website and see that they are so many fellow enthusiasts in this country. There are some great posts already. The video on fatwood twigs is an absolute…Continue

 

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barnsey commented on barnsey's blog post Constructing a Fire Piston
"Hi Les, Since making this post i have imported some fire piston to use in my business. I have a number of small alloy ones for sale.  You can make your own wooden handle and piston sleeve to customise these. If interested visit my website for…"
Jun 9, 2012

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Les hayes commented on barnsey's blog post Constructing a Fire Piston
"Anyone know of anyone locally selling these?"
Jun 7, 2012

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barnsey replied to Ryan Johnson-Hunt's discussion NEW to BushcraftNZ - Member Status!
"Hi , That all sounds good,  ones membership of the forum is independent  form the voluntary training scheme. I thought this teaching  resource may be of use. I have found it a great way to provide valuablel practice and a means of…"
May 6, 2012

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barnsey replied to Ryan Johnson-Hunt's discussion NEW to BushcraftNZ - Member Status!
"Interesting stuff. Thanks for the opportunity to input ideas. I have casually observed the USA bushcraft scheme and assumed it was rather informal and low key. A great way to get people doing stuff rather than just thinking about it.   I…"
May 4, 2012

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grilla haskell commented on barnsey's blog post Constructing a Fire Piston
"I've been wanting to build one but haven't got around to it.  Great post Barnsey, thanks. "
Mar 27, 2012

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barnsey posted a blog post

Natural char materials for flint and steel fire lighting

The skills of lighting a fire with a piece of flint,high carbon steel and char cloth is well documented and widely practiced in bushcraft circles. Generally  the char cloth is made by baking a piece of pure cotton fabric in a low oxygen environment. (in a tin)Historically materials gathered from the forest were used instead of char cloth. To me, competency at flint steel fire lighting would require the material needed to be gathered from the bush,eg the hard stone and tinder. Most carbon steel…See More
Jan 10, 2012

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barnsey replied to Ryan Johnson-Hunt's discussion Flint and Steel
"The fire piston is is made by http://www.bushcrafttools.com/ I bought them for 8 pound, they come with spare washers bag and instructions. I charge $25  for one these."
Jan 7, 2012

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barnsey replied to Stephen Coote's discussion I'm looking for a new centrefire rifle
"Hi, i have hand two .223 handi rifles and had a bit to do with others. Nice outfits but i had difficulties Both triggers need to be improved, I could never get the first one  to shoot respectable groups,tried different bedding systems countless…"
Jan 7, 2012

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barnsey commented on Scott Hamilton's blog post Walking Staffs
"  Hi Scott, i have no experience making walking sticks but have an book on native timbers.Reading it suggests some options. Akeake -wood variegated yellow and black used for ornamental wood work and as well know very dense and…"
Jan 7, 2012

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Ryan Johnson-Hunt left a comment for barnsey
"Trying to get a workshop together in otago, check it out http://bushcraft.org.nz/forum/topics/workshop-in-otago"
Jan 5, 2012

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barnsey replied to Ryan Johnson-Hunt's discussion Flint and Steel
"Hi Ryan, I have included a photo of some of my flint and steel materials. I made the C striker from 01 steel and tempered it to a straw colour I'm very happy with it's performance. it is easier to use than a piece of file. Al thought…"
Dec 28, 2011

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Rania Marsh commented on barnsey's blog post Bushcraft instruction in New Zealand
"Wow. That is so cool, barnsey. Did you get to meet any of the instructors or woodies from Youtube when you were over there? What knowledge and ideas did you bring back?"
Dec 23, 2011

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barnsey posted a blog post

Bushcraft instruction in New Zealand

Hi,There has been some discussion recently about bushcraft schools in New Zealand.I thought this might be an appropriate time to mention my schoolhttp://cuttingedgebushcraft.co.nz/.As Ben Jordan stated,the most important thing about a bushcraft school is the background of the instructorsMy background is well documented on that websiteBasically i have been a teacher and outdoor instructor for many years .spending countless hours in the backcountry…See More
Dec 21, 2011

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barnsey and Matthew J. Haywood are now friends
Nov 27, 2011

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barnsey replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Bow drill, Friction fire
"If anyone is having trouble sourcing hand drill materials contact me and i'll seen you some. All willows are not created equal. The common willow is too hard to make easy friction fire lighting sets. The one used for orchard shelter belts is…"
Sep 9, 2011

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barnsey replied to Scott Hamilton's discussion Bow drill, Friction fire
"I have not visited the forum for a while, good to see lots of comments and interested. Very interested in comment about Kohuhu. Pittosporums are know to be hard and dense.( 2* harder than oak by one source, Some people use them for bearing blocks…"
Sep 8, 2011

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Firecraft, Primitive skills, Navigation skills, Survival skills, Crafts, Plant identification, Hunting/trapping

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Natural char materials for flint and steel fire lighting

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 23:55 0 Comments

The skills of lighting a fire with a piece of flint,high carbon steel and char cloth is well documented and widely practiced in bushcraft circles. Generally  the char cloth is made by baking a piece of pure cotton fabric in a low oxygen environment. (in a tin)

Historically materials gathered from the forest were used instead of char cloth. To me, competency at flint steel fire lighting would require the material needed to be gathered from the bush,eg the hard stone and tinder. Most…

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Bushcraft instruction in New Zealand

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 22:55 1 Comment

Hi,

There has been some discussion recently about bushcraft schools in New Zealand.I thought this might be an appropriate time to mention my school

http://cuttingedgebushcraft.co.nz/.

As Ben Jordan stated,the most important thing about a bushcraft school is the background of the instructors

My background is well documented on that website

Basically i have been a teacher and outdoor instructor for many years…

Continue

Constructing a Fire Piston

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 23:24 4 Comments

 

 

Creating fire by different techniques is fundemental to bushcraft. For years I have been intrigued by the fire piston, but considered the skill to make one was beyond me.

 

I then watched the video on this bushcraft site of a piston being carved out of wood with a…

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At 21:45 on January 5, 2012,
Admin
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
said…

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

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

At 3:24 on June 9, 2011,
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Ij
said…
Be great to get together some time over tea n share some i sights n skills...Smiles, Ij
At 8:35 on May 12, 2011,
Admin
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
said…

Wow that piston sounds awesome! Maybe when you get some spare time you could whip up a tutorial style blog post with a couple of pics? I would be keen to give one a go and I'm sure I am not alone!

Everything you need should be under the "blogs" tab up top.

Cheers!

At 22:31 on May 8, 2011,
Admin
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
said…
Hey mate, tell me more about this manuka fire piston you mentioned in the knife buying post.... any success?
At 19:59 on January 25, 2011,
Admin
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
said…
Welcome to BushcraftNZ!
 
 
 

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