Six Hours On A Sunday: wild edibles, natural tinders, kit testing.
Easter Sunday morning. I got up later than I wanted which meant getting into the bush a lot later than I had planned.
I got dressed, filled my canteen, grabbed some food, got me and my gear into the car and drove to where I had planned to go. It was already 10.30am when I headed into the bush. I came out at 4.30pm. I spent six hours under the canopy. Doesn’t sound like much time but I made the most of it. I…Continue
The Parang is a Malaysian bush knife; it has…Continue
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
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