#AskPaulKirtley Episode 35 – Top Trees For Bushcraft, Light Saw Recommendation, Axe & Knife Maintenance At Home, No-Water Dish Washing, Best Times For Carving

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Paul Kirtley answering bushcraft questions in episode 35 of #AskPaulKirtley

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about top trees for bushcraft, dish cleaning in random camp spots with no water, the best time for carving, how not to get wet under a tarp (revisited), light saws for bushcraft, equipment for maintaining axe and knife at home.

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MSR Alpine Stainless Steel Plate
Mora 120 Woodcarving Knife
Mora Companion Knife
Mora Companion Heavy Duty
Lightening The Load pt 1 – Tarp & Bivvy Sleep Systems
Lightweight Tarp And Bivvy Set-Up
#AskPaulKirtley Episode 23 – Live Questions In The Woods
Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail
Axminster Tools
How To Care For Your Axe: 3 Easy Steps
How To Sharpen A Bushcraft Knife
Bushcraft Knife Sharpening: How To Achieve The Correct Bevel Angle

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 19: Bow Drill With Natural Cordage & Ember Consistency, Top 3 Bushcraft Focus Areas, Beginner & Budget Axes

Survival Foraging: A Realistic Approach

The Easy Way to Use Fomes Fomentarius as Tinder

Do Tarps Keep You Dry In The Rain?


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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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Good advice, as always, Paul. It sounds like “Where to pitch your tarp” could be a good subject for future tutorial/video?


Paul Kirtley

Hi Bob,

Yes, OK. Do you mean as in covering all the relevant aspects of deciding where to pitch?

Warm regards,



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