November 2010 Blog Posts (7)

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

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