I was waiting for a group of very late students to arrive yesterday morning and while I waited I made this. It was a fun distraction for a few minutes and has the added advantage of entertaining my children when I take it home.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
One of the simplest but most useful skills of bushcraft. Char cloth makes the most of the effort to make a fire by preparing tinder for many more after it. Take the cloth you want to char, it must be 100% natural material; cotton, linen, silk etc... Polyester will melt. Place it in a foreproof container, in this case a baby milk can (I have charred matterial in other more primitive containers such as large shells as well). Make sure you can tightly close the lid to stop air getting in. As you restrict the air that can get to the cloth it will become charred rather than burned. Place your container in the fire, this was quite a large batch so it was in the fire for about fifteen minutes. Once its off the fire allow it to cool, if you take the lid off too soon it will burst into flames and be ruined. Once its cool though it can be broken up and used for flint and steel fire lighting.
Friday, 13 October 2017
|Bast after processing and drying.|
|A small coil of finished lime bard cord made using the reverse wrap method.|
|To make reverse wrap cord take a bundle of fibres.|
|Find the centre of the bundle and twist until a kink forms.|
|Now twisting one half of the bundle before wrapping the other over it creates this tightly coiled cord which looks fairly similar to cord you might buy at B&Q. For more information on how to make this check out the Bushcraft Education Blogs Bushcraft Basics pages.|
Sunday, 17 September 2017
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Having just moved to Scotland I'm getting to learn my surroundings and part of that has involved a little swatting up on some of the plants which were not so common in my last stomping grounds in Cheshire.