bushcraft


Manmade tinders

For me bushcraft is an exploration of the natural world; it’s about understanding the trees, plants and wildlife around us.  When our hunter gatherer ancestors looked out into the forest they saw the supermarket, DIY shop and chemist all in one.  Everything they needed was out there, the trick was to know what to look […]

manmade tinders | fire lighting | bushcraft | Kent | south east | London

taut line hitch | tarps | hammocks | bushcrfat | Kent | London | south east

Taut line hitch

Previously I’ve written a post explaining how to tie the Evenk knot, which gives a fixed point at one end of your line.  This post shows you how to tie off the other end using a taut line hitch, ensuring that you have a good tight line to hang your tarp from.  Also take a […]


Outer barks as tinder

This article was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal Issue 19.  If you don’t yet subscribe, hurry up! Outer barks as tinder So far we’ve looked at downy flower heads and inner barks as tinders.  We saw that both of these categories have plus points but that they also have drawbacks – downy flower heads […]

outer barks as tinder | bushcraft | fire lighting | Kent | south east | London

axes | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

Axes

Axes are fantastic tools and one that I believe is important for bushcrafters to master.  On our 2 Day Axe Workshop the first thing I do is to look at different kinds of axes and then describe to our students the different parts of an axe.  Mostly they’re named after body parts, even if the order […]


Heat loss 1

Winter is upon us here in the British Isles and so staying warm and dry when outside becomes particularly important.  When I’m running survival courses I tell students that they should prioritise, and that their priority will always be the thing that will kill them first.  There’s a common rule that can be applied here, […]


Using electricity to light a fire

Using electricity to light a fire

This article on using electricty to light a fire was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 11 published in October 2016.  As it’s now completely free there’s no excuse for not getting a copy! Using electricity to light a fire When I’m teaching electrical fire lighting methods, I often use the analogy of an […]