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How to make a shrink pot   Recently updated !

Inspired by an article by Beke Olbers in Issue 13 of The Bushcraft Journal, whilst we were running our excellent Nordic Crafts course at the weekend, Nicola made a shrink pot, so here are some photos and guidelines for you to make your own!  Nicola used sycamore bark, ash for the top and bottom, lime […]

shrink pot | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Elder flower cordial

Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a small, common tree that produces a fabulous white flower that can be used to make wonderful elder flower cordial.  I’ve written a recipe previously, but here is another that we’ve tried recently; it takes slightly less time to make the cordial and so is worth a go if you just can’t […]

elder flower cordial recipe | Kent | London | south east | Essex

natural cordage | Kent | London | Essex | south east

Making simple 2-ply natural cordage

I’ve written previously about preparing nettles and sweet chestnut inner bark for making cordage but haven’t shown how to turn the prepared fibres into cordage.  So now seems the time to rectify that.  In the photos below Bob is using nettle fibres, but the process is the same whatever fibres you might have to hand. […]

knife strokes | knife cuts | knife skills | south east | Kent | London

Knife strokes

Hopefully you’ve already taken a look at this post on knife safety, so now to look at different knife strokes, or cuts.  It’s important to know what knife stroke to use and when so that you can work safely, efficiently and effectively. First up are a couple of power strokes; these are strokes that I […]