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Axe Choice For The Northern Forest

Axe Choice For The Northern Forest

In the Northern Forest, an axe is your most important cutting tool. There is a general trend amongst outdoors people to carry quite small axes. These small axes are very wieldy, yet you can apply to them to large jobs such as felling trees as well as quite fine jobs such as carving useful implements and splitting quite fine firewood. However, in the Northern Forest, it’s my view, that a larger axe than this has specific advantages…

Cliff Jacobson and Camping’s Top Secrets

Cliff Jacobson and Camping’s Top Secrets

Cliff Jacobson is one of the wise men of the outdoors. He is one of North America’s best respected and most published outdoors writers. He is the author of over a dozen top-selling books on canoeing, expeditioning, camping and outdoors skills. His excellent book Expedition Canoeing is a vital addition to any wilderness paddler’s library and a favourite resource of mine. Cliff’s extensive wilderness experience informs his writing with realism, pragmatism and practicality. He’s a true outdoorsman and he values…

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Tree Felling For Winter Firewood: Axe and Saw

Tree Felling For Winter Firewood: Axe and Saw

In this video I look at felling dead, standing timber for firewood in winter. The felling technique involves the use of both the axe and the saw to create a very controlled cut and fall. Further, axe and saw techniques for sectioning the trunk are demonstrated and discussed. Whether you are hot-tenting or bivouacking with a fire, these skills should be in your winter bushcraft repertoire. I hope you enjoy the video and find it useful. Let me know what…

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Winter Magic: Return To The Northern Forest

Winter Magic: Return To The Northern Forest

Each winter I like to get away to the snow. I enjoy winter mountain walking in Scotland. Ski touring in Norway is also a favourite. But the northern forest in winter has a special allure which is hard to escape. I’ve experienced this environment many times and I’ve certainly written about my love of it before. Despite many visits, the pull of the boreal forest seems to grow stronger with greater familiarity. I’m not the only one to be drawn…

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Surviving A Winter’s Night in the Northern Forest: How To Build An Arctic Lean-To

Surviving A Winter’s Night in the Northern Forest: How To Build An Arctic Lean-To

A lean-to is a classic shelter of the northern forests. It is an open-fronted shelter that depends upon fire to keep the occupant warm. This type of shelter has the advantage of a relatively simple construction method requiring few tools. As long as you have access to plenty of firewood, a lean-to will keep you protected from the cold in otherwise lethal temperatures. There are, however, a few tricks to getting it right first time. The Value Of A Lean-To…

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Making a Tin-Can Candle

Making a Tin-Can Candle

If you use any sort of candle holder in camp then you will end up with stubs of candles left over. Rather than wasting this wax, you can make a really good improvised candle from these remnants. The only things you will need in addition to the stubs of candles are a small tin can and some paper towel. Both of these are usually readily available in a base camp. Small tins of fruit or sweetcorn are of a particularly…

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How To Make An Improvised Candle Holder

How To Make An Improvised Candle Holder

During the shorter days of the year, evenings in camp are longer and darker. Illumination becomes more important. Candles give off a soft, natural light and are relatively inexpensive. To get the best out of candles, however, it’s good to have them raised up off the ground. Making a candle-holder from natural materials is relatively simple. This style of candle-holder both holds the candle steady and raises it up off the ground. Also, if you are looking for bushcraft projects…

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Urban Bushcraft Podcast Interview

Urban Bushcraft Podcast Interview

Well-produced bushcraft podcasts with good content are few and far between. That’s why I pricked my ears up when I first heard The Urban Bushcraft Podcast. Ray Hutchinson, a Scout Leader based in London, started the website Urban Bushcraft with the intention of showing people in similar urban settings skills and projects they could practice close to home. Ray remembers “Living in a 2nd floor flat in North West London I found it difficult to practice much of the skills…

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