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Bushcraft Show Axe Skills Demo

Bushcraft Show Axe Skills Demo

At the 2018 Bushcraft Show, like many Bushcraft Shows in previous years, I made a presentation of axes and axe skills. The aim was to introduce axe techniques suitable for various different sizes and styles of axes, to look at the benefits and limitations of different axes, to share some tips on how to optimise their use as well as underpin everything with solid safety considerations. The demo was filmed and you can watch the video here…

Applying Axe Skills In Winter

Applying Axe Skills In Winter

In previous articles, I have covered some core axe skills, along with safety considerations, which will serve you well year-round. When we look at winter specifically, however, there are some added considerations…

Limbing And Sectioning Trees With An Axe

Limbing And Sectioning Trees With An Axe

After you have felled a tree, living or dead, regardless of what the end use is, there are typically two main processing jobs you will need to complete. First, you will need to remove the tree’s limbs, that is, its branches. This is known as limbing or snedding. Second, you will need to cut the tree into sections, a task described as sectioning. Limbing and sectioning trees with an axe involve a range of axe techniques traditionally used by the woodsman, the frontiersman and for woodcraft and camping. They are very useful to have in your repertoire and in this article I look into the requisite axe techniques – and safety – in some detail…

Tree Felling With Axe And Saw

Tree Felling With Axe And Saw

Proficient felling of a well chosen tree, using good technique, can seem effortlessly straightforward. On the other hand, ill thought-out felling can become complicated and dangerous. Either way it is one of the more hazardous endeavours in the woods. In this article I highlight the main pointers I teach to people when learning to fell trees…

Small Wood Splitting With Axe: Reliable In Camp & On The Trail

Small Wood Splitting With Axe: Reliable In Camp & On The Trail

Summer or winter, being able to split small diameter wood is a useful axe skill in a fixed camp or on the trail. Split wood has many uses. From dry kindling and feathersticks to improvised grills, small-diameter rounds of dead, dry wood split down into smaller sizes are an important resource for fire lighting and fire management in particular. In this article I cover a safe, reliable and adaptable technique for year-round use…

Axe Safety In Camp: Care, Attention And Good Habits

Axe Safety In Camp: Care, Attention And Good Habits

An axe has more weight, more leverage and more momentum than a knife. Moreover, when out camping or making a journey, we tend not to be wearing any sort of protective clothing or footwear. Our protection from injury with an axe has to come from care, attention and good habits. Adhering to best practice is particularly important in more remote settings…

How To Care For Your Axe: 3 Easy Steps

How To Care For Your Axe: 3 Easy Steps

Many people spend more on a good quality bushcraft or survival knife than they do on an axe. In an environment where an axe is important, it is often as valuable if not more valuable than a knife. A good axe of a traditional design has several components made of materials which require some maintenance. If you look after your axe, it will give you many years of service…

Carving A Set Of Utensils For A Frost River Utensil Roll

Carving A Set Of Utensils For A Frost River Utensil Roll

Other than knocking out the occasional small spoon for eating with, I’ve not had much time for carving recently. It’s not that I don’t like carving. Quite the contrary, I really enjoy carving. But, of late I’ve been occupied with leading general bushcraft courses, making wilderness journeys, writing articles, photography and, of course, running a business. So I was really looking forward to running Frontier Bushcraft’s new Woodcrafter course, which revolves around axe skills, woodcraft and carving. One afternoon during…

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Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail

Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail

When we are at home, in a cabin or a fixed camp, we can use full-sized bench stones to sharpen our cutting tools. When we are on the move, however, we do not want to be carrying full-sized stones. They have a similar density to bricks. Even a full-sized combination stone, which would provide a couple of different grades at least, is going to be too heavy for most self-propelled trips. Equally, we need to keep our tools sharp on…

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How To Sharpen A Bushcraft Knife

How To Sharpen A Bushcraft Knife

There is an old adage that you are only as sharp as your knife. Consistent sharpening doesn’t require expensive or complicated equipment. All you need is a combination oil-stone and an old leather belt. And the right technique…