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…Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 14, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 8:35 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 2, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
Had a great outing the other weekend. I returned to a ridge overlooking a valley where I had been before, but set up camp in a different place to try a new tarp configuration. I rigged up my main tarp (2.7m X 1.5 m) between two trees to form a sloping wall, then used my poncho to add a small roof as I was expecting heavy rain.…
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on February 10, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments