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Shrafter
New Bushcraft Series From One Of The Best

Hi all. There is a new Youtube series on Beginning Woodscraft. It is called Woodscraft 101. 

The series is by a bushcrafter/woodsman from way back, Blackie Thomas. Blackie has been hunting and bushcrafting in the forests of the Southern USA, since he was a kid.

This series is focused mainly on the beginner but he always has great learning for anyone. If you are trying to sift through the mountain of different information, options and opinions on what to buy and what to do, then…

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Added by Dave on October 3, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments


Shrafter
Char cloth

Hey guys, I have been meaning to do this for ages, making Char cloth.

I have used many other tinders in the past like cotton balls in Vaseline, dryer lint, pine fatwood etc but wanted to make some char cloth.

I got a metal tin from the op shop, punched a wee hole in the lid, cut up a brushed cotton shirt (also from the op shop) and put the cotton in the tin and placed it on the embers in my firebox at home. It took about 20 minutes for the gases to burn out and then I removed…

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Added by Jeff Cameron on July 16, 2019 at 19:12 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
How To Find Wild Foods In NZ Bush

Hi everyone. 

 If you are interested in learning some wild bush foods and medicines; how to find and identify them, what parts are edible and when to eat them, then please check out the series I have been doing on my Youtube channel. The Playlists will have all of them so far.

 Right now is the season for Kiekie Fruit to be eaten. Kiekie is easily spotted and is all over NZ, so it is well worth looking in your local area. Its fruit is quite…

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Added by Dave on June 22, 2019 at 15:00 — 3 Comments


Newbie
Home made dehydrated food

Hello,
I would like to make my own dehydrated food.
I got a look and found some cheap dehydrator on NZsale. Does someone have some experience with this?
Do you thin this machine are OK?

Ta

matt

Added by Matthieu on August 8, 2018 at 8:42 — No Comments


Newbie
Super cat / fancy feast stove issues

Hi,

Has anyone tried the Fancy feast stove? I am struggling to make the water boil.

I've only tried inside. And most of the time I am unable to bring the water to boil. I have noticed that when this is not working I don't have the jets on the side. Even when I use a primimg time of 2 minutes and more.

I think my denatured alcohol is not 'boiling'. I am using or was (I finished it) the digger surface cleaner vanilla. That s the only one that I found at bunnings (or in different…

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Added by Matthieu on August 6, 2018 at 22:01 — 3 Comments


Tohunga
Bushcrafting nz face book

Hi folks

Being not very techy despite trying on odd occasion's and having very limited time like most folk, I have struggled to post or keep up with the site.

I find things gave to be fast simple and there ready for me to use them hence the face book page I've started.

Not wanting to detract from this site as it is far more comprehensive than fb page I just hoped to open an avenue for folks to post pics etc but it is getting lonely and 1 sided but I do not know how to get info… Continue

Added by Simon on July 1, 2018 at 11:17 — 2 Comments


Tohunga
Bushcraft gathering or moot

Hi there.

I intend to starting planning bushcraft type gatherings, or moots as we called them in the UK, over here in NZ.

These will take the form of informal get togethers with the intention of identifying what it is people would want from this type of activity.

Initially this may have to be at a chosen DOC site (always cheap but cheerful) whilst other options are sourced.

Please note, as said above, these are to be informal information and social events in the first… Continue

Added by Simon on June 17, 2018 at 5:35 — 4 Comments


Shrafter
Six Hours On A Sunday:

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…

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Added by Dave on April 2, 2018 at 23:49 — 3 Comments


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Added by Jonathan Acton on February 19, 2018 at 13:00 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
Bushcraft Gold! (Fatwood)

This morning I watched Black Stump NZ Bushcraft & Survival's video on Finding & harvesting fatwood.

I've been meaning to go out and find/gather some fatwood since reading about it on here, and after watching his video I really wanted to find some.

I went down on the neighbours farm to a small clump of pine trees, I knew there were also a few fallen down ones.

Instead of…

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Added by Zebedy on January 12, 2018 at 17:16 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
Macpac Firesteel Review

For Christmas my sister got me a Macpac Firesteel.

I tested it out today and I thought I would do a review on it.

Pros:

  • Throws a decent spark (When Compared with a light my fire firesteel)
  • Bright colour
  • Included striker
  • Included lanyard

Cons:

  • Only one size (The size is decent but a larger…
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Added by Zebedy on January 9, 2018 at 19:27 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
Out in the bush and a neat little find

Had a good few hours out in the bush today.

Worked on my shelter that I am hopefully going to do a few overnighters in soon.

I was walking through the bush, looking for some suitable dead branches when I came across this…

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Added by Zebedy on December 9, 2017 at 16:44 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
Navigation Practice

Hi yall. I live in Hamilton, Waikato and would be very interested in hooking up with others to learn and practice Navigation. I suck at it so I am hoping that a few others will suck less than me so I can learn and get skilled up. But anyone should come and we can teach ourselves if need be.

This would be a great time to meet up with others on this site, get in some outdoors time and experience, test out some of our kit (and our fire making skills for a hot brew during the breaks) . If…

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Added by Dave on November 8, 2017 at 14:24 — 6 Comments


Shrafter
My Fällkniven F1

My Fällkniven F1 came in the post yesterday and I've spent the last few hours today testing and trying it out. So far I am pleased with the results.

One of the only problems that I have is that the the button clasp is a bit…

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Added by Zebedy on November 5, 2017 at 15:44 — 6 Comments


Shrafter
The knot tying bible by Colin Jarman

I find real value in this book... I learn the majority of my knots from it. 

You can buy it on fishpond for 40% for $31.80 or on book depository for $26.53.

Added by Zebedy on November 4, 2017 at 10:10 — 6 Comments


Shrafter
A bit of carving and stuff

So I just watched Esra Hansens latest video and it inspired me to try and make my only spatula... It's a bit crude but here ya go.…

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Added by Zebedy on October 31, 2017 at 18:58 — 4 Comments


Shrafter
Woodcraft And Camping. A book by Nessmuk

If you are interested in camping and bushcraft the way our forefathers used to do it then you will love this book!

George Sears (Nessmuk) had this book published in 1920 but in it he relates his experience and expertise from trips into the wilds of the USA as far back as the 1800s.

It is written in an old english style that connects you with his time and the way people used to think and communicate back then. Nessmuk not only shares his thoughts on the times he lived in but…

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Added by Dave on October 28, 2017 at 12:30 — 1 Comment


Shrafter
Hatchet- Gary Paulsen

Awesome book... Really inspired me!

Added by Zebedy on October 13, 2017 at 13:00 — 8 Comments


Shrafter
Best Campfire Comp

Labour weekend. Camped by a creek in the Puhoi bush. About to chow down on my favourite canned cuisine. This awesome meal was followed by a sleepless night on incredibly hard ground. One week later, when my back pain finally subsided, I went hunting for a hammock. …

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Added by Dave on August 25, 2017 at 0:38 — 2 Comments


Shrafter
Campfire

After tipping out of our canoe in rapids. We needed a considerable sized fire to dry our gear.

Added by Peter Bell on August 14, 2017 at 12:31 — 2 Comments

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