Gary


About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

Selecting a tarp

For me a big part of bushcraft is connecting with the natural world, it’s an exploration and appreciation of the marvels that mother nature provides.  And for that reason when I’m sleeping in the woods I prefer to use a tarpaulin, it gives me a feeling of immediacy, of being a part of the woodland, […]


the whispering woods

The Whispering Wood 1

Another awesome article by Jules Bristow; this one was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal in 2016. While there is much debate over the precise meaning of the term bushcraft and its overlap with the term survival, to my mind bushcraft is the set of skills necessary to live comfortably and enjoyably in the wild […]


Comfrey oil

We’ve written about comfrey in the past but this time we’re focusing on how to make comfrey oil.  We’ve picked enough leaves for a couple of jars so far, but as comfrey is an early plant to come through we’ll be able to get many more prepared this spring. Pick the comfrey leaves on a […]

comfrey oil | herbal remedies | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

setting up a tarp \ bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

Packing your tarp away

If you haven’t already, take a look at this post on setting your tarp up. Packing your tarp away I said previously that how easy it is to put up your tarp is determined by how you put it away, so now it’s time to look at that. Undo your lines from the pegs and […]


Setting up a tarp

I love tarps, they’re my favourite way of camping out.  So here’s a post on how I put mine up. Siting your tarp When it comes to setting up your tarp for the night there are some things that you need to consider first (actually you’ll need to think about these things regardless of whether […]

setting up a tarp \ bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

midshipman's hitch | tarp | tarpaulin | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Midshipman’s Hitch

The midshipman’s hitch is a great little knot which I use all the time.  Generally I use the midshipman’s hitch to stop my tarp moving along its ridgeline and also for fastening my guy lines. Read this post in conjunction with this one showing the Evenk knot and this one showing the taut line hitch, […]