Creating fire by different techniques is fundemental to bushcraft. For years I have been intrigued by the fire piston, but considered the skill to make one was beyond me.
I then watched the video on this bushcraft site of a piston being carved out of wood with a…Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 6, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
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
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