When I’m out and about practicing my bushcraft, I like to find the easiest and most efficient way of doing things. I don’t want to expend energy unnecessarily and so using simple techniques can often be more rewarding than might be imagined. With that in mind, here’s a great little method of carrying firewood using a ‘woodland handbag’.
You’ll need a couple of sticks about a foot long and a length of paracord. Find the midpoint of the paracord and loop it around one of the sticks so that you have two strands loose. If you have 2 shorter strands of cord, use them.
Tie those ends off around the other stick.
You should now have a stick on either end of the paracord.
Lay the paracord on the ground and place your firewood on top.
Place one stick inside the 2 pieces of paracord.
You can now hoist the load onto your shoulder, making it much easier to carry your firewood around. The two photos below show Peter carrying firewood with and without using a woodland handbag; you can see how much easier it is with, whilst also giving you both hands free.
We teach fire lighting on our 2 Day & 5 Day Bushcraft Courses, the IOL Bushcraft Competency Course and also our 2 Day & 5 Day Survival Courses. You can see plenty of photos from all of these courses on our Facebook page.