Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Bushcraft)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

photograph by
Florian Morel
Creator of
Bushcraft Attitude Magazine

Last Monday, I gave you the definition, according to the dictionary, of bushcraft. Today, I would like to give you mine.

To me, Bushcraft is the knowledge and skills that you and your family have to improvise (with no tools or a few simple tools) the most important items for survival, shelter, fire, water, food, medical care, and protection (with a few more, depending on your abilities) from available material.

Basic Tools
For most bushcrafters, there are three necessary tools; a knife, hatch, and flint and steel; that are used in all of their adventures. With enough knowledge and experience, a bushcrafter can create the most important items for survival.

Shelter and Fire
You have probably heard me say this many times 'You and your family have three to five hours before lack of proper shelter can kill you.' this includes the ability to stay warm.

All three of these tools can be used to make a shelter and a fire.

With a fire, a few rocks, and some knowledge, you and your family can have clean, purified water to drink, saving yourselves from the agony of dehydration, from the lack of drinkable water for three to five days.

With the same three tools and  little bit of knowledge, you, your partner, and your children can create traps to feed yourselves or you can identify edible plants.

Needless to say, all of these items will require you and your family to acquire knowledge.

But, ... Where to find it?

If you haven't heard of YouTube, ... Here you go!!!

NaturalBushcraft - Introducing Bushcraft Kit: Real Survival Tools

Forrester Bushcraft - Getting started in Bushcraft: Tools for bushcraft

MCQBushcraft - Bushcraft Fire Lighting: Introduction

Paul Kirtley - Bushcraft: Essential Winter Fire Lighting Techniques

Survival Lilly - Building A Survival Shelter With Natural Materials

Woodoak Wilderness - Survival and Bushcraft Leaf Shelters

Primitive Skills - Survival Shelter: Debris Hut Myths

Hiker in Estonia - Tarp Shelter in Rain // 3 setups with added schemes

IA Woodsman  - Budget Bushcraft Kit: $10 00 Winter Shelter 

Native Survival - Rock Boiling Water for Primitive Living

WoodsRunner1776 - How To Rock Boil Water in a Plastic Bag

Ron Hood and - How to build a "Figure 4" trap with Ron Hood: Part 1

Ron Hood and - How to build a "Figure 4" trap with Ron Hood: Part2

Four Directions Bushcraft - Survival trapping: Native American fish trap

Bob Hansler - Primitive Fish Trap: Survival Basics, Build and Catch

NorwegianBushcraft - Survival traps series

Almost Lastly
Some folks will think that I am 'Phoning In' today's blurb because it is a bunch of links. They would be right and they would be wrong.

Rightly so, today is a bunch of links.

But, ...

Wrongly so, because soooo many people have shared their expertise. Why repeat them ; - )

Plus, as they say, 'A picture is worth a thousand words'

Lastly, ...
You may have noticed the photograph's caption, at the top, is in French.

Well, ... Bushcrafting is a thriving endeavor around the world, so many bushcrafting videos are in the presenter's native language. All you have to do is look around.

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