Scott Hamilton's Blog (8)

Wild food Classes/walks

Anyone know of any courses etc in the Canterbury region

Added by Scott Hamilton on January 19, 2012 at 20:58 — 2 Comments

New food bill to be passed...Please read...

Not sure if you all have heard of this new food bill to be passed, I say to be passed as it must be passed to meet our obligations as members of The World Trade Organisation.

This is effectively going to make it illegal to give away seeds, spare produce etc to friends family and neighours, it also means without permission from government you will be breaking the law if you sell any, eg at markets etc, or as a cottage industry.


It also gives police the ability to raid…


Added by Scott Hamilton on January 4, 2012 at 22:02 — 6 Comments

Walking Staffs

Would love to see any pictures of anyones staffs, and hear the different ideas that us Kiwis have for additions etc to them.

I have seen all sorts from other bushcraft sites around the world and was wondering if anyone knows of really unusual woods that are native to NZ that have great grain pattens etc such as curly maple and the like. Seems overseas you have some fantastic looking woods that really stand out, do we?

Added by Scott Hamilton on December 23, 2011 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

BBQ meeting in Christchurch.

Hi, Finally I am going to have a BBQ at my home for fellow Shrafters.


On the 19th of March from around 4pm, we are going to run a meet and greet, as well as a brainstorming session. As I have never run a Bushcraft event, I wish to get everyones Ideas, possible venue ideas etc for future outdoor meets. Also will get an idea of who is interested in running any training sessions at these meets in their specialist areas.

I want to try and get our families, kids, partners…


Added by Scott Hamilton on February 16, 2011 at 11:13 — 1 Comment

Self Reliance Illustrated

Thought I would post about this, in case not everyone new.


Dave Canterbury, from Dual Survival, in association with Blind Horse Knives, Have started producing a bi-monthly magazine. Available as a PDF, you do not have to pay postage etc and is only $30 US.

I subscribed and have the first issue, seems like it may be going in the right direction.


Available at …


Added by Scott Hamilton on January 24, 2011 at 18:21 — 1 Comment

Maori use for native plants.

Just came across this website, thought we all might like to read it.

Added by Scott Hamilton on July 5, 2010 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Possum meat

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…


Added by Scott Hamilton on June 26, 2010 at 19:00 — 19 Comments

Finding Fatwood.

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…


Added by Scott Hamilton on June 9, 2010 at 12:00 — 10 Comments

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