Hi Ryan. As you have probably worked out I am a friend of Martin Hunter's.
I am a Brit and have been in NZ for 2 years yesterday. I am keen on developing more bushcraft and hunting skills. In pursuit of this I have also enrolled on a hunting course with the Deerstalkers association.
Wow thats awsome that some people have started up a site like that in NZ. I'm gonna go check it out now. Glad everyone enjoyed the video, hope it helps some people out. The vids I made about the stone age bow are still there. heres the url for the first one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgu8I3Ov4ls
I love the idea of this site and hope it grows as it should.
I am hoping to go camping this weekend in the waikato (might be wet!) and try out my swedish mess kit- let you know how it goes.
Ray Mears is a legend- you might like to check out
The other thing linked to bowmaking is the string, it opens up all kind of things to do with fibre from native plants etc etc. I make strings from manmade fibre but would be cool to learn native sources, must be some sources Maori would have used for cordage etc.
Do we have any Maori members, are there any resources from Maori bushcraft? After all they have been here using native resources for nearly 1000 years and should know some stuff.
I have done a bit of flint knapping, who started the query? Also thinking of starting a new group on bow making, I have done a fair bit in the UK and would be keen to experiment with NZ woods, I can make flat bows which is what Amerindians would use, they work with all sorts of woods if you understand the principles. There are some short cut bows which would be suitable to construct in a survival situation, these might be worth experimenting with maybe with a week workshop if people are interested? Cheers Colin
hi, i friend has told me of this site so i've come to chek it out...i'm a gypsy of sorts & travel on horseback... presently based in hastings where i have my forge & small workshop set up...i live a simple life & use bushcraft as a way of life particularly when traveling(not so much these days however)...always keen to learn...
sorry mate, but i think u got me wrong... I know nothing about trapping... i mean, close to nothing, since Scott showed me how he does it.. I am keen on outdoors, and even more keen on survival, leaving from the land, and that kind of stuff... of course, whatever i can help with, i will, but, as i said, i don t know much... just want to learn like everybody here.
Just finished writing up some stuff on the Parang, it is a word doc. at the moment with 1 image in, just my drawing to describe the blade uses. Should I e-mail it to you to look through? Also like to embed a youtube clip of Lofty Wiseman using a Parang, not sur what to do?
Hi Ryan Im interested in other peoples ideas around bushcraft especially in NZ, Im keen on Hunting & tramping, do most of this in the Waikato area on a weekly basis. Im just like most kiwis enjoy the outdoors & bush I work in the Health arena after a week at work I get more sense talking to a fantail . Like your idea around the Satchel, When hunting I use a leather belt with army canteen attached x2 knives & pouch , I hate carrying a backpack will try your Satchel out. enjoy learning new skills around bushcraft