May 2010 Blog Posts (6)


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The Last American Man - Elizabeth Gilbert



At the age of seventeen, Eustace Conway ditched the comforts of his suburban existence to escape to the wild. Away from the crushing disapproval of his…

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Added by Andrew McKay on May 31, 2010 at 18:33 — 1 Comment


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Bushcraft - Ray Mears

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Added by Andrew McKay on May 31, 2010 at 17:00 — 2 Comments


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Tips On: Sharpening Stones "To Go"

It struck me that sometimes the little things might be useful to my fellow outdoor enhusiasts that are just starting out in the world bushcraft. So I thought I would add, from time-to-time, the odd quick post focusing on an item of kit or technique that may be second nature to o'timers. In this post I introduce the light-weight travelling sharpening stone kit (photo below). Full-weight sharpening stones are quite heavy and cumbersome, so whilst you'll take them with you for a…

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Added by Martin Hunter on May 30, 2010 at 19:44 — 4 Comments


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Making a Canoe Paddle

Ryan recently asked me to get involved with a few contributions to the bushcrafts NZ blog site, which I am thrilled to do as bushcraft is something I have been learning for many years and am passionate about. I am not sure how often I will be able to contribute, but when something interesting crops up then I’ll be sure to write a few words. I…

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Added by Martin Hunter on May 30, 2010 at 19:06 — 1 Comment


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Tips On: Reconditioning a Bushknife

I started learning the craft of knife smithing a few years ago on the South Island with a visit to Ross Johnston, a craftsman knife maker near Nelson. He runs Blackbird Valley forge and makes knives in the traditional way using many good grades of carbon steel from reused car parts and saw blades amongst other things. What he can turn an old metal file into is something to behold, the care and skill in his work is wonderful. I had had a go at reconditioning a couple of…

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Added by Martin Hunter on May 30, 2010 at 18:00 — 2 Comments


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Bowsaw Tutorial

This is a tutorial on making a bow saw in the field. The advantages of this method if that you only have to take the blade with you, which is easily coiled inside a billy pot. When you get to your site you can construct a sturdy saw in about 20mins (with practice). If you decide to keep the pieces, next time it will only take you 2mins to put together. The benefits of a saw over an axe or machete are:

  • Safer -…
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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on May 12, 2010 at 22:16 — 2 Comments

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