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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…

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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Can I Use a Lock Knife for Bushcraft?

Can I Use a Lock Knife for Bushcraft?

Can I use a lock-knife for bushcraft?” is a question I’ve been asked many times. The answer is “it depends”. It depends on the peculiarities of the knife and the techniques you want to employ….

How To Split Firewood on Snow: Key Axe Techniques

How To Split Firewood on Snow: Key Axe Techniques

The amount of firewood required in the northern forest in winter demands the use of an axe. Unlike staying in a cabin, however, when staying in a heated tent you are unlikely to have the use of a chopping block. So, you need to have a repertoire of axe techniques that include being able to safely split logs on snow as well as easily produce…

The Raven PK1: Evolution of a Knife

The Raven PK1: Evolution of a Knife

Since I was first allowed by my parents to use a Swiss Army Knife 30 years ago, I’ve always been a user of knives. For me, a knife has always been a tool to be used. I received an email in March 2011 from a friend who makes his living trading high quality knives. He suggested that there might be an interesting project afoot, to work with Raven Armoury on a knife for wilderness use…

How To Make a Folding Bucksaw

How To Make a Folding Bucksaw

Folding bucksaws are a simple means of taking a large saw with you on a trip. Quick to assemble and neat to carry in a case or pack, this size of saw is a natural partner to an axe. Folding bucksaws can be packed…

Bushcraft Knife Safety for Children

Bushcraft Knife Safety for Children

How should you supervise a child using a bushcraft knife? Should they even have one at all? Bushcraft knives and children do mix but it is a relationship that must be managed… Emma Hampton covers kid-specific safety tips that will enable you to guide your child as a novice knife user. She also answers some frequently asked questions regarding children and knife usage.