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
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.
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 —
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.… Continue
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…
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…
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…
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
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
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.
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
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…
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
Lewis and Matt are two lads from Wanganui who have made their own website www.lewismatttramping.com all about their tramping and bushcraft exploits which heaps of good info and videos. They have also just joined our network so you can check out their profile.
Its great to see young kiwis getting stuck into the outdoors, and its pretty clear by… Continue