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Supplejack as tinder?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Hamilton Apr 24, 2012. 17 Replies

Hi all, I have heard recently of the use of supplejack as a tinder. It seems to me like the tougher, dried parts of the plant can be pounded to produce a mass of fibres that light well when dry with…Continue

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Sign Tracking link

Started this discussion. Last reply by BushrangerCZ May 4, 2011. 1 Reply

Hi all, it's been a while since I last posted on the site, seems like we've all been flat tack of late! The extra hour in the evening is making all the difference though, as is the spring weather,…Continue

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Flint sources

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Hunter May 6, 2012. 19 Replies

Hi all, I was wondering whether anyone is aware of a source of reasonable flint near them? I am aware that the limestone around Kaikoura and up the East coast of the NI yields nodules, though I don't…Continue


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What part of the country are you based?
Wellington Region
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What are your interests?
Firecraft, Tracking, Primitive skills, Tramping, Navigation skills, Crafts, Survival skills, Plant identification, Shelter building

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Wineberry Withies

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 19:53 1 Comment

It's been a while since I posted something useful on my blog here, so today I thought I'd add a post regarding a welcome discovery I've made. Back in my native Somerset (UK), withies are a really popular, traditional material that has been used for centuries for cordage and lashings for all sorts of jobs and construction tasks. Withies are made from finger-thick branches and sapplings of certain plants. Back there, hazel and willow are popular choices. It's taken me…


Tips On: Sharpening Stones "To Go"

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 19:44 4 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…


Making a Canoe Paddle

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 19:06 1 Comment

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…


Tips On: Reconditioning a Bushknife

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 18:00 2 Comments

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…


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At 14:06 on October 4, 2010,
Terry Smith
Hi martin
Im a medievil combat instructor and I do medievil livinghistoey like swordsmithing armoursmith trap making i have some on trap making i will put them on to if you like
At 19:12 on July 5, 2010,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
Feel free to put any crafts you make (knives etc) in the listings Martin, I plan to put up some unused swanndri's etc as well.
Hope you are well, haven't heard from you in while
At 9:38 on June 30, 2010,
Stephen Coote
I just followed a link to your personal website. You have made a nice job of it. I particularly like your photos and your knives. Best wishes... Coote.
At 21:41 on June 29, 2010,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
Hi Martin
If you have time check out the trading post, under the marketplace tab. What do you think? I think the trading/sharing resources side of things is most "bushcrafty", with the option to straight buy/sell there too
At 11:44 on June 2, 2010,
Benjamin Reimer
Thanks Martin, it will be great to be a part of this.

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