Bushcraft Skills


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, […]


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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 […]

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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, […]


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Ticks and Lyme Disease

This article was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 8 in April 2016.  Thanks to its author Jules Bristow for allowing us to reprint it here.  Jules studied chemical ecology and is a keen amateur naturalist and bushcrafter who we are delighted to have as part of the Jack Raven Bushcraft team. What lurks […]