#AskPaulKirtley Episode 9: Knife Techniques, Wool Blankets, Hammocks, First Aid and Finding Materials For Primitive Skills

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Ask Paul Kirtley Episode 9

In this episode I answer questions about useful bushcraft knife techniques, wool blankets, hammocks and poncho liners as well as revisiting medicinal herbs and book recommendations. In addition, I discuss outdoor first aid, in particular first aid for wilderness journeys. I also give some advice on where to find or source materials such as hides, antlers and the like for practising primitive skills…

What Is #AskPaulKirtley?

#AskPaulKirtley is my Q&A video and podcast series that aims to answer your questions about bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life.

The idea here is partly to take the strain off my email inbox and get answers out to people in a more timely fashion.

Rather than send an answer to just that one person, I’d like others to benefit from the answers too. So, just in the same way I’d previously write an email answer, here I’m going to speak the answer (which is much quicker than me typing out an answer, so I’ll get more questions answered as well as benefiting more people).

Click here to find out the different ways you can ask me a question.

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#AskPaulKirtley videos are also available to view on my YouTube channel.

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Use the following Soundcloud controls to listen to the audio podcast right here or download the .mp3 to your device…

Links For This Episode of #AskPaulKirtley

Resources – Bushcraft & Survival Books
Hudson’s Bay Company Point Blanket
Bushcraft Take-Aways From The Manitoba Museum
The British Deer Society
Paul Kirtley’s YouTube Channel

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#AskPaulKirtley On Other Platforms

The videos will be uploaded my YouTube channel and embedded in the Facebook Page associated with this blog as well as embedded here on my blog.

The audio-only podcast version is available on here on Soundcloud and will be added to iTunes and other popular podcast directories in due course, as well as available here on this blog.

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Leave me a comment below. Let me know what you think. I read every one.

But remember if you want to ask a question for a future episode, don’t do this in the comments below, do it in one of the ways explained HERE.

Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 8

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 7

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 6


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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


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Hi Paul
another great podcast thank you.

Just to add some info for Andrew who asked about 1st Aid courses.

When looking for a two day 1st Aid course appropriate for outdoor enthusiasts, some courses are called Remote 1st Aid and some (if they are on the Scottish framework) are called Outdoor 1st Aid. Either of these would fit Andrew’s bill.

The bit to check, is their syllabus and whether they run for 16 hours. A quick chat with the company will help clarify whether they contextualise for the environment in which you will be travelling and for the people in your group.

I agree with you, we should ALL learn 1st aid, it’s an essential life skill and even more essential when we are responsible for others in the outdoors. Thank you for highlighting this topic.



Paul Kirtley

Hi Hils, thanks very much for the extra info.

Warm regards,




Hi Paul!
I appreciate the new, enlightening, answers.
I want to ask you, can you write about first aid with the means that are of animal origin.
Thanks again and best regards!


Andrew Casey

Hello Paul,

Thank you for answering my question about first aid. You’ll be happy to know that no only have I booked myself on your Navagation course, I have also booked myself on a 2 day wilderness first aid course. Another informative and useful episode. Much appreciated Paul.

Many thanks



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