I am attracted to anything with a bushcraft label, but bushcraft in its purest sense is just one aspect of things that interest me.
I'm interested in a variety of things and I feel that they are connected, but I haven't found one word or heading under which they can be categorized.
I suspect that may be the case with other folks here. For instance we have a thread on 'subsistence'. Subsistence is not synonymous with bushcraft, but to me it is closely related.
It can be hard to define things in words to convey an exact meaning or feeling. But here is a list of some of the things that grab my attention: primitive technology, hunting, trapping, fishing, living off the grid, growing fruit and vegetables, homesteading, preserving, useful plants, 'do it yourself', spiritual healing, intuition, experience beyond the five senses, beauty, animal behaviour, shelter, tools, living cheaply.
I guess one term that covers a lot of the above list is 'self sufficiency'. The phrase 'down to earth' might also convey a bit of an idea of this category.
So what am I getting at here? Well.... maybe most folks who have an interest in bushcraft might also be very interested in some of these related things. And there seems to be very few places on the net where like-minded folks can discuss topics like this in a 'normal' manner. Now this isn't my site, and it is the absolute right of the site owner to mould the site according to his/her own vision and I respect that. But by advertising that the site is about more than just pure bushcraft we might get the participation we desire. I've got to say though that 'bushcraft.org' is a good, earthy name for a website. I'd rather discuss spirituality there, for instance, compared to discussing it at a 'paranormal' or 'religious' website. I like a general, down-to-earth, common-sense, 'this happened to me' approach rather than finding myself surrounded by fundamentalists or prophets of doom. Similarly this should be a good place to discuss knapping or bow making. Although I appreciate finely made 'artifacts' as portrayed on specialist websites, I'm more interested in quickly knocking something together that will get the job done using materials that I can easily get hold of.
Just a thought. I hope you can see what I mean.