#AskPaulKirtley 64: My Best Bushcraft Moments of 2017, Introducing Kids To Canoe Camping, Bow Drill Material Selection, Match Storage

#AskPaulKirtley 64: My Best Bushcraft Moments of 2017, Introducing Kids To Canoe Camping, Bow Drill Material Selection, Match Storage

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I talk about my best bushcraft moment of 2017, some advice on introducing kids to canoe camping in Scotland, bow drill material selection troubleshooting, up-to-date alternatives to film canisters for match storage, some considerations for topping up a brown bag and sterilisation

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14 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley 64: My Best Bushcraft Moments of 2017, Introducing Kids To Canoe Camping, Bow Drill Material Selection, Match Storage

  1. I’ll give my $0.02 in on the Ally canoe issue: I have a Pakcanoe, which is a very close relative of the Ally (the biggest difference is the Pakcanoe uses inflatable bladders to tension the frame and increase flotation, whereas the Ally is just tightly fit, with a certain amount of mallet use needed to get the frame together).

    An Ally or Pakcanoe is an extremely capable vessel that can potentially do anything a standard rigid canoe can do (they are actually surprisingly good in whitewater: Their construction allows them to flex and slide over rocks that would cause a standard canoe more problems). If you want to see what they are capable of, consider Lars Monsen’s use of them: https://youtu.be/y9lxYBIviqg?t=2h37m16s

    However, I would not recommend them for children who are beginners. The simple reason is that the nature of the hypalon skin on aluminum frame construction means they are not fun to canoes to move around within. There is a foam layer that gives the ‘floor’ of the canoe a little more rigidity, but it’s not like a regular canoe … walking around in them is a bit of an unstable, squishy feeling. You cannot really stand on the frame members, so you have to mostly put your feet between them.

    So, with kids … who have a tendency to have a hard time staying on one position or place, I think it would be tricky. It’s for paddlers with positions that remain more or less the same. But if you multiple children who might need to shift about, a regular canoe will serve you much better.

    1. Hi Bob,

      Good to hear from you again.

      Thanks for your thoughts on the Ally canoe. I’m sure Cal will appreciate them.

      Also thanks for your link to the Lars Monsen video. I’d not see that one before.



  2. Hello Paul, very interesting video !
    About bow drill polishing earthboard, my experience is that sometimes I faced with this, most of all using pinus sylvestris but also with black poplar; I always had solved the problem by putting some dry ground in the heart hole or some dry oak crunched leaves(just a little crunched leaves) but any dry and still hanging leaves also work.
    So, if the first try does not burn the heart hole, then I try again with dry ground or dry leaves; also a bit of more prussure helps.

    Hope this can help.

    Thanks and I wish you a great week end.

    1. Hi Pierluigi, good to hear from you.

      Yes, getting that extra grip for the friction is all important. These little tricks can make all the difference.

      Warm regards,


  3. Cheers paul, good to hear from you. Totaly agree with you on the bushcraft ethos. The skills and knowledge are what matter not what kit you have on your back.
    Will try to get a couple more questions to you soon.
    All the best Adrian

    1. I’m slowly working through your backlog of questions. You could have your own show “Adrian Spring Asks…” 😉



  4. There might be a possible suggestion for the “Brown Bag” question in your Online Elimentary Bushcraft course, in the module on Fire Management, “Clearing up after the fire”. The bit where you use a dry bag, or my modification on that, a small stuff sack, inverted to put copious amounts of water onto a fire site could be an idea for topping up a the bag instead of using your cup or bowl and/or can’t sterilise them in a fire.

    1. Hi Stephen,

      Yes, some other water-tight container, even a dry-bag would indeed work. Good idea.

      Warm regards,


  5. Regarding the match case question I have started to use the current chewing gum tubs. They are approximately twice the size of a film canister so can hold plenty of tinder alongside the matches plus other related items. I

    Sturdy and water tight

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for the tip. Not being a chewing gum eater, these tubs have passed me by. I’ll have to see if I can get hold of one to try.

      Warm regards,


  6. Thank you for yet another episode. I am enjoying them immensely! And, at this point, I have two more episodes to watch, so Yea for me! 🙂 As for the selection of questions posted on the many platforms, I understand your reasoning. I wanted to let you know that I am enjoying the show, and pick up important tidbits of information. Please keep up the wonderful work in the “Ask Paul Kirtley” series. And I am now off to watch Episode 65! 🙂 Have a good one! Kevin B.

    1. Great stuff Kevin. Well done for having the stamina to work through so many episodes. It sounds as though you feel it was worth it though 🙂

      Warm regards,


  7. Hi Paul,

    On the subject of container sale for matches I wanted second what David said about chewing gum containers. I don’t normally buy chewing gum but saw these in a shop and bought one just for the pot. I now keep a small box of matches, fire steel, striker and spare batteries inside one in my pack. Also, if you know anyone who’s diabetic, the pots that the blood testing strips come in are brilliant for sorting matches on. They about the size of a film canister, but much thicker plastic and come with a moisture absorbing material in the lid as test strips are very sensitive to water. Diabetes is no fun but those pots, which are normally discarded are perfect for our needs to keep matches and other small water sensitive things safe.

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