Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Primitive Technology; bone awl

Making a bone awl is a simple primitive project. First score the bone with a piece of flint to give it a line to break along. 
Then strike it with a stone to break it roughley along that line.
Then shape it against a stone, this bit is very tedious, each of the other steps will only take a few minutes. It took about an hour and a half to do the shaping for this awl though.
Eventually though you will have made a simple bone awl.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Kids Quinzee

Storm Emma has been a good oportunity to teach my children some Winter survival techniques.

A quinzee is a snow shelter that can be built in snow that can't be cut into the blocks that you'd need for an igloo. To make one large enough for adults takes hours of work, you need to build a large mound of snow, to fit two adults it will need to be ablut seven feet high, and then poke sticks into it to an equal depth of between one and two feet. Once it is built and the snow has hardened a bit you can begin to hollow it out. Rather than scooping the snow out right to the ground leave two platforms, one on either side, to sleep on and a trench in the middle that will act as a cold sink. The sticks you stuck in earlier act as depth guages now as you will reach the tips of them as you hollow your quinzee and know that it's time to stop when you find them leaving walls up to two feet thick. 

The door should be quite small, just large enough for you to enter on all fours. Remember to keep a shovel inside incase you have to dig out after a storm or colapse.

While that might be the method for building a proper quinzee making a mini one with the children was less hard work and was great fun.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Snowy Backgarden Bushcrafting

When it started snowing earlier my two year old was desperate to make a fire in the snow. 
So we did, he's getting good at helping collect twigs for the fire and loves practicing with his fire steel. 
A well used TOPS BOB knife and fire steel did the fire lighting today.
I'm really pleased that the weather doesnt put my children off from spending time outdoors. Thats the first battle won, I don't expect children to be master bushcrafters strait away but once they've learned to love being outdoors whatever the weather then they will naturally start to develop their bushcraft and outdoors skills as they spend more and more time out there.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Net needle

A bit of light whittling in the afternoon sunshine. A piece of wind fall Scots pine, given away by its flakey orange bark became a net making needle. Tools of choice today; an Enzo neck knife with it's scandi grind and short blade perfect for the detailed bits. A hand made knife the 'stalker' made in Somerset by Manor Knives to baton down to size and for the bulk of the carving , and a bacho laplander folding saw.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Backgarden Bushcrafting

I've been enjoying some bushcrafting in the garden with the children on their half term holiday this week. I really enjoy watching them learn and watching them enjoying the outdoors as much as I do.

Yes he is dressed as Darth Vader
Whittling by the fire
Lillie loves whittling
Michael tending the fire

Friday, 19 January 2018


I've been doing some writing for the Survival Sulivans website and my latest article is on basketry and weaving. I don't often have time for much basketry but to get a few pictures for this article I've been making a fish trap and a few other things.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Manor Knives In Riddy Wood

I was in Riddy Wood on friday night to be ready for a deer stalking client on Saturday. While I waited for them to arrive I got to use my Manor Knives stalker knife for some fire prep. I'm testing it and a matching gralloching knife called the 'zipper' at the moment. I've done a few deer with them already but this was a good chance to use it for a few bushcraft tasks. I'm really impressed with them so far, in fact they are the most comfortable knives in the hand of any I have ever used. For the manor knives website use this link ://www.manorknives.co.uk . A full review will appear on the Bushcraft Education blog soon.

I was able to do a little bit of a basketry project I'm working on too before we headed out on succesful stalk for a first time deer stalker.