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How to light a King Alfred’s Cake

I wrote a post a few years ago about various fungi that can be used as a tinder, including King Alfred’s Cakes (Daldinia concentrica).  They get their name from the legend of King Alfred who, whilst in hiding from the Danes, let some cakes burn, and they do indeed have that appearance. Here in Kent […]

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How to use a parabolic mirror

Parabolic mirrors are named after their shape, a parabola, which is a 2 dimensional curve, or in other words, bowl shaped.  Think of them in the same way as the satellite dish on the side of your house.  Wherever the radio waves (in the case of your satellite dish) hit, they are reflected back to […]

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Bushcraft Club 2020

Now in it’s 7th year, we’ll be starting Bushcraft Club on Tuesday 7th July at 6:30pm from our ancient woodland camp in Westwell, Kent, just a few miles from Ashford. After much thought we’ve decided that this year we will run Bushcraft Club for adults only; normally on Family Bushcraft Club we have more people […]


How to use a Fresnel lens

Fresnel lenses are named after the French physicist who invented them sometime around 1818 for use in lighthouses.  Today they are also used in car headlights and traffic lights.  The great thing about a Fresnel lens is that it is a series of concentric sections, greatly reducing the amount of material required.  I have one […]

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