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BBQ meeting in Christchurch.

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…


Added by Scott Hamilton on February 16, 2011 at 11:13 — 1 Comment

Bear Grylls to fundraise in NZ

Hard-core survivalist Bear Grylls is set to make his Kiwi debut to raise money for a children's hospital and the families of the Pike River miners.

The adventure-mad Briton, star of "reality" TV show Man vs. Wild, has been confirmed for two New Zealand events next month as part of a charity fundraiser.

Grylls, 36, began his climb to fame in 1998, when he entered the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest Briton to conquer Everest, just two years after breaking his back…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on February 8, 2011 at 22:24 — No Comments

Self Reliance Illustrated

Thought I would post about this, in case not everyone new.


Dave Canterbury, from Dual Survival, in association with Blind Horse Knives, Have started producing a bi-monthly magazine. Available as a PDF, you do not have to pay postage etc and is only $30 US.

I subscribed and have the first issue, seems like it may be going in the right direction.


Available at …


Added by Scott Hamilton on January 24, 2011 at 18:21 — 1 Comment

Hunting Aotearoa

Not sure if you can embed of Maori TV. Good series to check out for traditional hunting techniques.

Added by Andrew McKay on November 19, 2010 at 22:13 — No Comments


Hey guys, I'm loving the forum you've all built here.

I am one of 4 that help run the Survival Headquarters forum and invited Ryan to check it out.

He liked it that much he joined up and asked me to do a lil write up on it.

We have some top notch members who actually practice preparedness and survivalism and know what they're talking about.

One of our guys really has a bunker he's built out in the middle of no where and posts heaps of pics just to show whats… Continue

Added by Te Hopo on November 14, 2010 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

A new axe handle for a mate

Seeing as Sean Rofe was staying here for a week and he needed a new handle for his hatchet we decided to get stuck into the workshop and make one from scratch for him.

First up we needed some good solid dry timber, there was some Kanuka (tea tree) up the back that I had felled about 4 years ago which was only rain wet so a length was cut off and dragged down to the quad, then the workshop.

One side was planed flat on the bench… Continue

Added by Te Hopo on November 14, 2010 at 19:13 — 7 Comments

Jessies Hobo fishing kit

Well we went all out for this one, using my knowledge of wood and tools, some ideas that I had and Jessie's boundless enthusiasm.

A piece of Kanuka was set up in the lathe and rounded before we marked out the measurements:

Next was just a case of cutting it down to the marks and then sanding it smooth:

Once the compartment was bored out a lid made of Rimu was screwed on… Continue

Added by Te Hopo on November 9, 2010 at 12:06 — 9 Comments

Hobo Fishing Kit

I found an old table leg made of Rimu and set it up on the lathe and marked out my dimensions.

Once it was carved out, sanded and oiled I used a brace and bit to auger a 1" hole in the handle for the tackle.

The cap was trimmed to be a tight fit with no need for anything else to hold it in.

It has in the handle:

3 large hooks

3 small hooks

1 ounce sinker

3 spilt shot sinkers

Cotton wool packing to stop any rattles, also to be used for tinder if… Continue

Added by Te Hopo on November 9, 2010 at 11:57 — No Comments

How to make a paracord wrapped handle.

Well, I was having trouble figuring out how to make sure the Paracord stays on the handle without coming loose.

I found this instructional and thought I'd pass this on:

First you need to do two things,

a.) Burn/melt the two ends of the 550 parachute cord so the outer sleeve and inner threads/strings won't come unravel.

b.) Soak it in water for about 20 minutes so it will "stretch" when it's

being wrapped around the handle and "shrink" around it tightly when… Continue

Added by Te Hopo on November 8, 2010 at 22:03 — 1 Comment

Making a Bowsaw (WARNING: Pic heavy)

Now I have always liked compact pack saws, and recently I saw a video of Ray Mears using a very useful looking bow saw.

A quick look showed the nice wooden ones to be beyond my price range while the metal ones felt too flimsy.

While browsing the second hand shop I came across two brand new Sandvik saw blades, one dead wood blade and one greenwood blade, both for only $5.

So once home, a suitable piece of seasoned Kanuka (Tea Tree) was found in my stack.…


Added by Te Hopo on November 8, 2010 at 22:00 — 9 Comments

Wineberry Withies

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…


Added by Martin Hunter on October 25, 2010 at 19:53 — 1 Comment

Returning here for the moment, from being in Ecuador, Peru n Bolivia. It was wonderful to be home

Be it immersed within the misty soft warm rains in the Los Cedros cloud forest reserva where I previously lived, loved n worked for over a year n 1/2, guiding n instructing others in bushcraft, ethnobotany n permaculture n within the 45000 acres of old growth forests with more diversity then most spaces on the planet.

Bathing neith waterfalls n in the wild meandering river, dancing-writing-playing music, sharing stories with others who prefer to live a deeper more meaningful existence…


Added by I M on October 12, 2010 at 0:30 — No Comments

Dick Proenneke

Hi everyone,

I just watched Alone in the Wilderness featuring Dick Proenneke. It was a really good watch and shows what incredible things one man can achieve.

Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes. The…

Added by Andrew McKay on September 23, 2010 at 5:00 — 3 Comments

Family tramp to Te Puia Lodge

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…


Added by Neil Clarke on September 12, 2010 at 10:59 — 2 Comments

Waikato Bushcamp

Great weekend Ryan and John. Callum really enjoyed himself, and hasn't stopped talking about it all week. He keeps asking when we are all going next. He also asked if he could have a proper belt to attach "his" hunting knife to. Oh yeah, he also made me go to Bunnings and buy a folding wood saw, and a $15 orange knife, and made sure I got the same one as you guys, so cheers for that. He also asked me to ask you, John, for the name of that web site with the stars on it. Lets do this again… Continue

Added by Shane Carmichael on September 9, 2010 at 19:58 — 2 Comments

Food Review: Mainstay Rations

Last weekend I put to the test a product which I have heard about on overseas websites and recently found out have one lone NZ supplier. Mainstay rations are designed to a pretty much indestructible food that you can store for an emergency or take with you in the outdoors.

Now I have tried some of these "emergency" foods before and to be honest it was like gnawing on cardboard. But hey they were for emergencies, desperate times call for desperate measures right? In that kind of… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 25, 2010 at 10:01 — 4 Comments

BushcraftNZ Outing Featured in Waikato Times

The upcoming Waikato outing on the 4-5th Sept recently featured in the Waikato Times! Not sure that I am 100% on the title but hopefully it will generate interest in the event and the network in general.

Click on the image below to enlarge…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 25, 2010 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Free First Issue of BCUSA Magazine

The very first edition of BushcraftUSA Magazine is hot off the press! I have been given permission by the founders of BushcraftUSA to distribute the Magazine to our members. This is very generous of them and we are very grateful. In return they ask that it is kept in its original form, and that the source should be acknowledged.

I am sure that you will enjoy it, and look forward to the next edition. Please let them know if you have… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 6, 2010 at 14:00 — 6 Comments

Series of 16 Flintknapping Videos

A series of 16 tutorials on flintknapping by John Olsen.

Bio: Through scratching and grinding rocks, John Olsen has made many authentic replica artifacts. He majored in ceramics in college and began making primitive items with native clays.

Filmmaker: Mike Phillips…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 6, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

Mapping Bushcraft Spots in Your Local Region

I found a cool feature of Google Maps that I have put to good use for our Auckland Group. You can create map that is unlisted (hidden to the public unless you have the URL address) that members can add to with the spots they have visited. Use this link to… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 2, 2010 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

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