Removing a hazel stem with a knife

Under most circumstances I’ll use a saw to prune a tree, you can see a video on the subject here.

But there might be times, and I’m really thinking about last resort scenarios, where you might have to look at removing a hazel stem with a knife.  So in this video I show you how to.  Note the messy cut and that I actually tidied it up with a saw afterwards.

We don’t generally teach removing a hazel stem with a knife due to the potential harm it might cause, but we do look at how to prune a tree so that it can heal afterwards on our IOL Bushcraft Course and 5 Day Bushcraft Course.  

You can see lots of photos of participants here as well as on our Facebook page.

About Gary

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

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