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Wild Wanderings 9 – Gottröra, Sweden

Wild Wanderings 9 – Gottröra, Sweden

Gottröra, Sweden, was the venue of the 2017 Bushcraftfestivalen. I was there with a couple of my team from Frontier Bushcraft to run fire workshops at the event. We had to source the materials we needed for our workshops from the surrounding woods and while we were there, I spotted a number of other interesting plants and fungi too, which I cover in more detail in this article…

Wild Wanderings 8 – Damp And Green

Wild Wanderings 8 – Damp And Green

While seeking out some water mint in the bottom of a lovely, verdant, narrow forested valley, I also documented some common trees and plants of damp ground, which are very representative of this type of wet woodland in the UK. I also took the opportunity to include some common fungi…

Hooks, Handles And Hangers: Using Nature’s Shapes

Hooks, Handles And Hangers: Using Nature’s Shapes

By necessity, much of the materials of remote cabins have to be transported to the location. Some of the smaller, finishing details, however, rely on more immediately available resources. These details reflect the personality of the people who put them there, their decisions and their handywork…

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 20: Ember Extenders, Natural Soaps, Safe Combinations Of Wild Edibles, Tapping For Sap, My Woodlore Instructor Knife & Waterproofs On A Budget

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 20: Ember Extenders, Natural Soaps, Safe Combinations Of Wild Edibles, Tapping For Sap, My Woodlore Instructor Knife & Waterproofs On A Budget

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about cramp balls as ember extenders, natural soaps, tapping trees for sap (other than birch), have I still got my Woodlore instructor knife, are combinations of wild edibles always safe and waterproof jackets on a budget…

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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Bark & Buds: How to Easily Identify 12 Common European Deciduous Trees in Winter

Bark & Buds: How to Easily Identify 12 Common European Deciduous Trees in Winter

Without leaves to refer to, people often find it hard to identify deciduous trees in the winter. For those of us who have an interest in bushcraft or survival skills, we need to be able to identify resources all year round. Bark is an obvious feature to look at but in most cases, bark shows more variety and is harder to differentiate than the leaves of different species. Buds are often associated with spring, whereas they lie dormant all winter, waiting for…