June 2010 Blog Posts (17)


Shrafter
Bow Making and Associated Equipment

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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Added by Stephen Coote on June 30, 2010 at 18:41 — 3 Comments


Shrafter
Bottomless Bottle Candle Lantern

I don't use candles as much now that I've discovered the wonders of LED flashlights, but candles still have their place.


I've spent many nights in a fairly rough camp where it is often windy. My unprotected candles would either blow out, or the wind would shorten their life by blowing the flame sideways thus melting the little 'dam' that holds in the pool of molten wax and allowing the wax to flow away.


I pondered the problem and eventually came…
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Added by Stephen Coote on June 28, 2010 at 8:00 — 3 Comments


Shrafter
How I Skin a Pig

This article was written in direct response as to how to deal with a pig. Other animals can be tackled in more or less the…
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Added by Stephen Coote on June 27, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments


Shrafter
Spring-Up Snares

These are the traps of our childhood cartoons.... the one where the baddie gets hauled into the air by his ankle.


Before you read further, please be aware that these traps are deadly to animal life and welfare. They should not be set unless somebody is going to check them early every day, and preferably more than once a day. There are photos below of trapped animals. Like many human generations before me, and like many of the other creatures on this planet, I am a meat…
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Added by Stephen Coote on June 26, 2010 at 20:00 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
Possum meat

The most available and ready source of meat in the bush, that I know of in New Zealand, is Opossum.

There is a couple of weaknesses that they have, that makes them easier to catch than Rabbits or Hare.

For one, they are not afraid of Human scent. This means you do not have to be so careful about not wearing antiperspirants etc.

Secondly, They say ‘curiosity killed the Cat’. Well, Possums are very curious. Just about any thing different, that will stand out at night, will…

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Added by Scott Hamilton on June 26, 2010 at 19:00 — 19 Comments


Admin
Network launch

We are rapidly approaching the official launch of the network and I am

VERY excited!

If you have time could you please check out the discussion about launching the network in few weeks. In

particular help with generating the initial mailing list and

competition/prize ideas would be appreciated.



Don't forget to get active and add content, upload… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 25, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments


Shrafter
Snaring Possums

SNARES


Snares can provide an effective way to catch all sorts of animals. Sometimes they can be set to be very selective in what they catch when the habits of the local animals are well known. They are cheap to make and easy to carry. They can be improvised using a variety of readily available materials. And our ancestors have used them for a very long time.


Nowadays any form of trapping can be a ‘touchy’ subject. It can be seen as…
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Added by Stephen Coote on June 25, 2010 at 9:00 — 9 Comments


Admin
Whittling Project: Ball in cage

Recently I have been working on an unfinished whittling project I started last year. These are photos I took back when I started it. As you can see I have a thick leather glove on my left hand, I learned my lesson with a few slips of the blade that thankfully didn't do too much damage! I deep cut would be very serious as I was by myself a good hour away from any medical service.



I choose a ball in cage design because it looks awesome and has moving parts. They look even…
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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 20, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments


Newbie
The Parang knife as a bush tool

The Parang

The Parang is a Malaysian bush knife; it has…

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Added by Colin Wheeler on June 18, 2010 at 9:00 — 1 Comment


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Firecraft Resources

In many survival situations, the ability to start a fire can make the difference between living and dying. Fire can fulfill many needs. It can provide warmth and comfort. It not only cooks and preserves food, it also provides warmth in the form of heated food that saves calories our body normally uses to produce body heat. You can use fire to purify water, sterilize bandages, signal for rescue, and provide protection from animals. It can be a psychological boost by providing… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 18, 2010 at 8:42 — No Comments


Admin
Clothing layering system: The base layer

Layering your clothing the right way allows you to carry a minimum amount of clothing items for a maximum number of situations. The key is to use versatile pieces that can, as the name suggests, be layered in different ways to keep you comfortable in all weather scenarios. The simplicity and versatility is key to the bushcraft spirit, and the focus will be on robust and time-tested garments and not be on the latest space age…

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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 14, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments


Admin
Review: Finnish army gasmask satchel

When out in the bush its handy to have some things easily accessible all the time. Pockets just aren't big enough to hold a couple lengths of paracord, knife, notebook and pencil, a simple first aid kit etc but you can bet as soon as you don't have them near, you'll need them. I used to keep them all in my main pack but then I had to leave most at camp when I went tracking or just to explore the next valley. Then after a bit of research I came across a perfect solution which has… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 9:10 — 1 Comment


Admin
Kit: My bushcraft satchel

When out in the bush its handy to have some things easily accessible all the time. Pockets just aren't big enough to hold a couple lengths of paracord, knife, notebook and pencil, a simple first aid kit etc but you can bet as soon as you don't have them near, you'll need them. I used to keep them all in my main pack but then I had to leave most at camp when I went tracking or just to explore the next valley. Then after a bit of research I came across a perfect solution which has… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 9:07 — 1 Comment


Admin
Whittling Project: A Simple Face

A great way to develop your skills with a knife is to whittle. I find it a rewarding and relaxing hobby and when I am beside a campfire on a beautiful clear night its my favorite thing to do. Here are a series of videos that walk you through the whittling of a simple face, which actually looks very impressive!

No doubt the results look better and better with practise, and your improved control over the blade will benefit other tasks where a knife…

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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 8:35 — No Comments


Shrafter
Finding Fatwood.

I was interested in finding a good ready source of tinder in the forestry I trap in. When wet most of the usual suspects really did not work at all well. I then came across a tinder called Fat wood on the internet.

This works when wet or dry and is extremely easy to light. The basics of finding fatwood are

1- look for old fallen or cut down Pine Trees ( have not tried any other types of trees yet, as this is the forestry I have to work with )

2- forget the tree…

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Added by Scott Hamilton on June 9, 2010 at 12:00 — 10 Comments


Admin
Groups on BushcraftNZ

"Groups" are a great way to bring people together on the network that

have a specific interest. They come equipped with their own discussion

forum, RSS reader, text

box and comment wall, and several privacy settings. They allow group

members to group message each other.



The idea is to have a group for every niche of bushcraft and assign

people that have experience and are passionate about a certain area as

group moderators. For example for the Knives and… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 2, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

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