Bushcraft articles

Jan
17
2019
Sean Fagan

7 great reasons to try bushcraft and camping in winter

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Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft explores 7 great reasons why being outdoors and camping in winter can be fun, challenging and ultimately educational – and will greatly improve your overall bushcraft and camping skills.

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Dec
6
2018
Jessie Watson Brown

How to gather, store and eat sweet chestnuts

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It’s that time of year when the delicious smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Jessie Watson Brown shares her tips for foraging, cooking and storing sweet chestnuts for year-round use.

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Sep
20
2018
Ruby Taylor

Pottery on the wild side: digging your own clay

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Digging your own clay – too much hassle or a whole lot of fun? We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about how to source your own clay, as she does for her wild pottery courses in Sussex. Over to her from here…  Read more …

Aug
1
2018
Andrew Thomas-Price

The catapult as a hunting tool

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In the minds of many people a catapult is nothing more than a child’s toy, or one of the weapons used by the “Beano’s” Dennis the Menace to terrorise the softies (for those of us old enough to remember). Few people these days would ever consider using a catapult for hunting, but not too many years ago catapults were the tool of choice for poachers and anyone else who wanted to “discreetly” hunt small game animals and birds for food.

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May
13
2018
James Wood

Nettles glorious nettles… foraging tips and delicious recipes

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Wild food author and foraging teacher James Wood explores one of the most common plants – nettles – and shares his wonderful recipes and tips for foraging.

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Apr
26
2018
Geoff Dann

Edible seaweed season has started, but the British still don’t get them…

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Wild food author and expert Geoff Dann explores the overlooked edible seaweed as a delicious and nutritious addition to the wild food table and shares one of his seasonal recipes.

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Mar
4
2018
Emily Fawcett

How might hunter-gatherers have lived on this land?

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Emily Fawcett explores what it might be like to live like our ancestors, to live the old way, on this land. What would it mean to experience life and the land like the indigenous people of these islands – as hunter-gatherers, to return to the Old Way?

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Dec
28
2017
Gary Johnston

Firestarter: how to get the best from firesteels

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Gary Johnston of Jack Raven Bushcraft takes us through firesteels, from which one to choose and how they work to how to use one to make a fire with natural tinders. Read more …

Dec
7
2017
Dave Darby

It can’t possibly be a bad thing to live in the wild and to harvest both plants and animals for food – can it?

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A group of us are attempting to have a debate about the sustainability of meat production, but I’ve realised that our differences are much deeper. Read more …

Nov
21
2017
Ruby Taylor

Making an ash pack basket

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In a post kindly shared from the Native Hands blog, our basketry specialist Ruby Taylor recounts a recent trip to the woods to make a beautiful ash pack basket. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Nov
16
2016
Nigel Berman

If society collapses, which skills will you wish you’d learnt?

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Here’s a conversation between Dave of Lowimpact.org and Nigel Berman of ‘School of the Wild’. Nigel teaches appreciation of nature and wilderness, and he’s provided us with information for our topic introduction on ‘firecraft’. Read more …

Oct
4
2016
Aggie Forster

How Ernest Thompson Seton realised that nature grounds, educates and heals children

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Imagine a man whose response to youths repeatedly vandalising his property is to invite them onto his land to learn about it. Pretty right on, maybe, though not that unlikely given what we now know about nature’s importance as a healer and educator, but this was 1902. Read more …

Sep
26
2016
Joe Tucker

Reimagining progress: what we can learn about ‘lean thinking’ from indigenous communities

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Here’s a living example of a ‘lean’ economy (outlined by David Fleming in our last blog post), and how you can help to preserve it. The ‘unlean’ economy is encroaching onto the territory of the Kichwa and Sapara communities in the Ecuadorean Amazon, in the form of large oil corporations, and will destroy their communities, as well as the forest itself, unless prevented. Read more …

Nov
24
2015
Robin Wood

How to make a new axe handle

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First, wood selection. The perfect wood is nice straight grain ash fairly fast grown, if it gets more than 6-8 rings per inch it is much more brittle, 4-6 rings per inch is perfect. Read more …

Nov
21
2015
Robin Wood

How to fit a new axe handle

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This blog post shows how to fit a new axe handle, it could be a new store bought handle or one you made yourself – more on this soon. Read more …

Aug
26
2015
Scarlett Penn

Autumn foraging season soon – here’s some inspiration

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Arriving at the beautiful setting of WOWO, I immediately knew I’d done the right thing ignoring cold-weather challenges to get myself to this workshop. Given the warmest of welcomes, we were invited to form a circle and take a moment to think about Read more …

Nov
25
2013
Leon Durbin

Lime: Swiss army knife of trees

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The lime has got to be one of my favourite trees – not just for its tall leafy elegance, but for it’s multitude of uses in bushcraft. When I mention the lime tree on bushcraft courses people sometimes think I am referring to it’s exotic, citrus-bearing namesake! Read more …

Oct
9
2013
Leon Durbin

What’s the difference between survival & bushcraft?

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The terms “survival” and “bushcraft” are often used interchangeably and yet sometimes treated as separate, even competing, disciplines. As a bushcraft survival instructor I obviously have my own views Read more …

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