Tanning animal skins and furs is a very satisfying craft to develop and there are many processes/ methods you can use to preserve these natural materials. A fairly straight forwards approach is to soak your animal skin or fur in vegetable tannins – you can boil almost any tree bark to create a dar
Most bushcrafters will have heard of the value of Willow bark when making string from nature. At this time of year Willow bark is very cooperative in peeling cleanly and easily away from the wood and you’ll only want to select the clean knot free and slender branches around finger to thumb thick w
For most adults, and especially children, a large part of an average day is spent sat behind a desk in a building or outside in a tarmac and concrete landscape with maybe a patch of grass and a few trees dotted around. For the most part we don’t notice the environment we find ourselves in [&hell
Ever since I can remember I’ve loved Badgers – in fact my childhood cuddly toy that went everywhere with me was Bill the Badger and I still have him now, although I’ve long since given up the need to cuddle him at bed time… honest. Whenever I’m out walking my dog or working in the [&hell
On courses people often ask where they can go to practice bushcraft. For me this always needs to be clarified as to what is the goal they wish to achieve. If the goal is to disappear off into the wilderness uninterrupted by the public, landowners or the police then that’s a whole different top
It was 6 am when my deep sleep was broken by my alarm. House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ bellowed through the van, shortly followed by an elbow to the ribs from my partner Laura, “Shut that off!”. I slipped out of bed to reach my phone and felt the cold hit my warm skin.
In this blog we will show you how to extract and preserve your own pain relief so that you can have all the convenience of a pill without any of the harsh side effects.
We’ve been around a bit and as far as bushcraft is concerned, we’ve pretty much seen and done most of it. But not everyone knows how it feels to create your first friction ember, carve something beautiful from green wood or toil for days to produce luxuriously soft buckskin. The time has come fo
Many bushcraft and survival text books have chapters full of woodland shelters using straight branches and leaf litter and there are some excellent ones that include the use of flexible saplings to make domed and hooped shelters. It may well be the case that there is a complete lack of study long st
Over this series of blogs we will be taking a look at the fascinating world of medicinal plants and their relevance today, including recipes you can try at home and preparation techniques to help you along the way. Chemist’s shelf from the hedgerow Medicinal uses for plants have been practiced