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High quality Bushcraft articles written by professional wilderness bushcraft instructor, Paul Kirtley.

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…

Accelerate Your Bushcraft Learning: Bushcraft Show 2017 Presentation

Accelerate Your Bushcraft Learning: Bushcraft Show 2017 Presentation

It’s often said that you can’t learn bushcraft skills overnight, that there is always more to learn, that many skills take years of practice to even approach mastery. So, how does the average person with a job and a combination of any or all of kids, mortgage, family commitments, weekly shopping, gardening, DIY, and who doesn’t live outdoors, make significant progress with these skills?

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…

Snow Shelters: Why We Don’t Build Igloos In The Forest

Snow Shelters: Why We Don’t Build Igloos In The Forest

Traditionally igloos were tundra shelters, with other snow shelters and snowhouses involving mounding up snow being favoured in the forest. But modern Ice Box devices blur this boundary. So, I thought I would investigate building an igloo-type shelter in the boreal forest…

Getting Started With Bushcraft: Kit Considerations For Beginners

Getting Started With Bushcraft: Kit Considerations For Beginners

I have a passion for wilderness skills and encouraging others to go into the woods, to experience nature through the lens of bushcraft. I sometimes fear, though, people may be discouraged from experiencing nature in this way by much of what surrounds bushcraft, rather than what’s at its core. If this is the case, then I see it as a great shame as bushcraft is so beneficial and enriching. In this article I look at some basic items of “bushcraft kit” for the beginner, which will help them get the most from their time in the woods…

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…

Lightweight Tarp and Bivvy Set-Up

Lightweight Tarp and Bivvy Set-Up

In previous articles and videos I’ve discussed equipment choice and ways of lightening the load of your pack. In this article, with video, I look at one particular tarp and bivvy bag set-up which is light, compact and protective…