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Network launch

We are rapidly approaching the official launch of the network and I am

VERY excited!

If you have time could you please check out the discussion about launching the network in few weeks. In

particular help with generating the initial mailing list and

competition/prize ideas would be appreciated.



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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 25, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Whittling Project: Ball in cage

Recently I have been working on an unfinished whittling project I started last year. These are photos I took back when I started it. As you can see I have a thick leather glove on my left hand, I learned my lesson with a few slips of the blade that thankfully didn't do too much damage! I deep cut would be very serious as I was by myself a good hour away from any medical service.



I choose a ball in cage design because it looks awesome and has moving parts. They look even…
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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 20, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

Firecraft Resources

In many survival situations, the ability to start a fire can make the difference between living and dying. Fire can fulfill many needs. It can provide warmth and comfort. It not only cooks and preserves food, it also provides warmth in the form of heated food that saves calories our body normally uses to produce body heat. You can use fire to purify water, sterilize bandages, signal for rescue, and provide protection from animals. It can be a psychological boost by providing… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 18, 2010 at 8:42 — No Comments

Clothing layering system: The base layer

Layering your clothing the right way allows you to carry a minimum amount of clothing items for a maximum number of situations. The key is to use versatile pieces that can, as the name suggests, be layered in different ways to keep you comfortable in all weather scenarios. The simplicity and versatility is key to the bushcraft spirit, and the focus will be on robust and time-tested garments and not be on the latest space age…

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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 14, 2010 at 8:30 — No Comments

Review: Finnish army gasmask satchel

When out in the bush its handy to have some things easily accessible all the time. Pockets just aren't big enough to hold a couple lengths of paracord, knife, notebook and pencil, a simple first aid kit etc but you can bet as soon as you don't have them near, you'll need them. I used to keep them all in my main pack but then I had to leave most at camp when I went tracking or just to explore the next valley. Then after a bit of research I came across a perfect solution which has… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 9:10 — 1 Comment

Kit: My bushcraft satchel

When out in the bush its handy to have some things easily accessible all the time. Pockets just aren't big enough to hold a couple lengths of paracord, knife, notebook and pencil, a simple first aid kit etc but you can bet as soon as you don't have them near, you'll need them. I used to keep them all in my main pack but then I had to leave most at camp when I went tracking or just to explore the next valley. Then after a bit of research I came across a perfect solution which has… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 9:07 — 1 Comment

Whittling Project: A Simple Face

A great way to develop your skills with a knife is to whittle. I find it a rewarding and relaxing hobby and when I am beside a campfire on a beautiful clear night its my favorite thing to do. Here are a series of videos that walk you through the whittling of a simple face, which actually looks very impressive!

No doubt the results look better and better with practise, and your improved control over the blade will benefit other tasks where a knife…

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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 10, 2010 at 8:35 — No Comments

Groups on BushcraftNZ

"Groups" are a great way to bring people together on the network that

have a specific interest. They come equipped with their own discussion

forum, RSS reader, text

box and comment wall, and several privacy settings. They allow group

members to group message each other.



The idea is to have a group for every niche of bushcraft and assign

people that have experience and are passionate about a certain area as

group moderators. For example for the Knives and… Continue

Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 2, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Bowsaw Tutorial

This is a tutorial on making a bow saw in the field. The advantages of this method if that you only have to take the blade with you, which is easily coiled inside a billy pot. When you get to your site you can construct a sturdy saw in about 20mins (with practice). If you decide to keep the pieces, next time it will only take you 2mins to put together. The benefits of a saw over an axe or machete are:

  • Safer -…
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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on May 12, 2010 at 22:16 — 2 Comments

Outing: Overnight Stay in Pine Forest

Had a great outing the other weekend. I returned to a ridge overlooking a valley where I had been before, but set up camp in a different place to try a new tarp configuration. I rigged up my main tarp (2.7m X 1.5 m) between two trees to form a sloping wall, then used my poncho to add a small roof as I was expecting heavy rain.…



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Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on February 10, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

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