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Whilst out the other day i came across some wind blown pine trees.
Spotted this beastie in the root ball so dug it off and will experiement with splitting it up into sticks for firelighting
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Honeysuckle Bark. 2 ply reverse twist cordage.
I've read Honeysuckle Bark can be used to make cordage but hadn't tried it out myself tending to use it as a tinderbundle.
Figured i'd give it a test.  Twists up pretty nicely although i did find because its the peelable dead bark it snaps a lot easier when being twisted.
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Honeysuckle Bark. 2 ply reverse twist cordage. I've read Honeysuckle Bark can be used to make cordage but hadn't tried it out myself tending to use it as a tinderbundle. Figured i'd give it a test. Twists up pretty nicely although i did find because its the peelable dead bark it snaps a lot easier when being twisted. #alwayssomethingtlearn  #idlehands  #cordage  #cordageisunderrated  #wildernessskills  #wildernesssurvival  #wildernessliving  #neoaboriginal  #ratherhuntgather  #wildernesslivingskills  #wildernessculture  #naturalresources  #naturalcordage  #wildernesssurvivalskills  #sonsofnessmuk  #onlythewildernesssispuretruth 
In the name of curiosity
Decided to test some dried Birch Polypore(razor strop/fomitopsis betulina) as a fire lighting item.
Lit well from sparks from a ferro rod.
Hung in a breeze and left to smoulder.
Burnt through in 12 mins. Plenty of time to ignite a tinder bundle.
I figure a larger piece will burn longer and be effective to carry an ember for distances.
#bushcraftscience #icandoscienceme #bushcraft #firelighting #birchpolypore  #alwayssomethingtlearn #backwoodslivingskills #woodsman #sonsofnessmuk #wildernessliving #wildernesssurvival #backwoodsman #onlythewildernessispuretruth
In the name of curiosity Decided to test some dried Birch Polypore(razor strop/fomitopsis betulina) as a fire lighting item. Lit well from sparks from a ferro rod. Hung in a breeze and left to smoulder. Burnt through in 12 mins. Plenty of time to ignite a tinder bundle. I figure a larger piece will burn longer and be effective to carry an ember for distances. #bushcraftscience  #icandoscienceme  #bushcraft  #firelighting  #birchpolypore  #alwayssomethingtlearn  #backwoodslivingskills  #woodsman  #sonsofnessmuk  #wildernessliving  #wildernesssurvival  #backwoodsman  #onlythewildernessispuretruth 
Exploring cordage materials
Raffia, sweet chestnut,lime and human hair.
All done with the reverse two ply twist  really need to learn the thigh roll technique but it doesn't seem to be working when i try it.
All i can say is i know why folks pack in so much cordage.....
#cordageisunderrated #nativeskills #naturalresources #primtech #primitiveliving #naturalcordage #alwayssomethingtlearn #idlehands #wildernesslivingskills #wildernesssurvival #rewild #neoaboriginal #ratherhuntgather #onlythewildernesssispuretruth
Exploring cordage materials Raffia, sweet chestnut,lime and human hair. All done with the reverse two ply twist really need to learn the thigh roll technique but it doesn't seem to be working when i try it. All i can say is i know why folks pack in so much cordage..... #cordageisunderrated  #nativeskills  #naturalresources  #primtech  #primitiveliving  #naturalcordage  #alwayssomethingtlearn  #idlehands  #wildernesslivingskills  #wildernesssurvival  #rewild  #neoaboriginal  #ratherhuntgather  #onlythewildernesssispuretruth 
The next skill to develop
Hand drill fire by friction
A  beautiful set from @jcl_md  so any errors will be in technique rather than the materials used.
Time for some blisters i reckon
#firebyfriction #primitivefire #handdrill #firelighting #wildernesslivingskills #sonsofnessmuk #wildernesssurvivalskills #wildernessculture #livewild #ratherhuntgather #gooutside #rewildyourself #rewildyourlife #liveauthentic #woodsman #modernwoodsman #bushcraft #alwayssomethingtlearn #surthrival #onlythewildernesssispuretruth
The next skill to develop Hand drill fire by friction A beautiful set from @jcl_md so any errors will be in technique rather than the materials used. Time for some blisters i reckon #firebyfriction  #primitivefire  #handdrill  #firelighting  #wildernesslivingskills  #sonsofnessmuk  #wildernesssurvivalskills  #wildernessculture  #livewild  #ratherhuntgather  #gooutside  #rewildyourself  #rewildyourlife  #liveauthentic  #woodsman  #modernwoodsman  #bushcraft  #alwayssomethingtlearn  #surthrival  #onlythewildernesssispuretruth 
Out for a short bimble this morning
Sign of something (Deer i believe happy to be corrected) chewed this branch.
I really need to dig out my tracking books.
So much to learn....
I try to focus on specific things or skills sets until i am comfortable with them before moving onto the next skill that way i dont end up with knowledge a mile wide yet  six inches deep.
#learnertracker 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#alwayssomethingtlearn 
#woodsman
#modernwoodsman
#wildernesslivingskills 
#wildernesssurvivalskills
Out for a short bimble this morning Sign of something (Deer i believe happy to be corrected) chewed this branch. I really need to dig out my tracking books. So much to learn.... I try to focus on specific things or skills sets until i am comfortable with them before moving onto the next skill that way i dont end up with knowledge a mile wide yet six inches deep. #learnertracker  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #alwayssomethingtlearn  #woodsman  #modernwoodsman  #wildernesslivingskills  #wildernesssurvivalskills 
Day 2 of the black and white challenge by @eeny68 
Again ignoring the no words no explanation.
I played around with toggles for tarp set up after seeing them in @greencraft_01 last YouTube video (go like and subscribe his channel)
I've see folks adding sticks to ridgelines but not just using toggles and cordage to set up their entire tarp so was curious but willing to give it a go because Neil knows his stuff,glad i did because i'm well impressed and will be using them again
#blackandwhitechallenge 
#toggles
#alwayssomethingtlearn 
#wildernesslivingskills 
#wildernesssurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#bushcraft
#woodscraft
Day 2 of the black and white challenge by @eeny68 Again ignoring the no words no explanation. I played around with toggles for tarp set up after seeing them in @greencraft_01 last YouTube video (go like and subscribe his channel) I've see folks adding sticks to ridgelines but not just using toggles and cordage to set up their entire tarp so was curious but willing to give it a go because Neil knows his stuff,glad i did because i'm well impressed and will be using them again #blackandwhitechallenge  #toggles  #alwayssomethingtlearn  #wildernesslivingskills  #wildernesssurvivalskills  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #bushcraft  #woodscraft 
Played around with a (very)seasoned piece of leylandi made into a finnish candle.
The lesson learnt is that i should of put 3 cuts to make 6 slices rather than just 4 as it would of allowed a better draw for the air.
However it certainly worked well.
#alwayssomethingtlearn 
#flameon
#bushcraft
#callyourselfabushcrafter
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#newskillstolearn
Who says magic potions dont exist?
Morning from the woods.
Sadly the course season @joescraft  runs has finished for the moment so last weekend was my last weekend down in Wiltshire.
However this means i have the winter to play in my own woods, write lesson plans and practice skills.
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#alwayssomethingtlearn 
#cheersfolks
Collected some lime bark this is a slight experiment for me as its been collected from fallen branches and twigs not the usual source of lime bast.
Its now been retting for a week in a bowl of water so this afternoon ill seperate the outer bark then allow to dry before boiling it in a solution of campfire ash then twist some cordage out of it see how it fares.
#experimenting
#alwayssomethingtlearn 
#onlythewildernesssurvivalskills 
#cordageisunderrated
#letsseehowitgoes
#backwoodsman
#backwoodslivingskills
#wildernessurvivalskills
Collected some lime bark this is a slight experiment for me as its been collected from fallen branches and twigs not the usual source of lime bast. Its now been retting for a week in a bowl of water so this afternoon ill seperate the outer bark then allow to dry before boiling it in a solution of campfire ash then twist some cordage out of it see how it fares. #experimenting  #alwayssomethingtlearn  #onlythewildernesssurvivalskills  #cordageisunderrated  #letsseehowitgoes  #backwoodsman  #backwoodslivingskills  #wildernessurvivalskills 
First successful ember with gathered on the day materials
Hearth of Pine
Spindle of Hazel (second one i made as first was A too small and B shredding as i leant on the bearing block)
Bearing block is a pathfinder steel striker/bearing block
#onlythewildernessispuretruth #ihavemadefire! 
#backwoodsman
#backwoodsskills
#woodsman
#alwayssomethingtlearn 
#practiceuntilyoudontgetitwrong 
#HGC 
#HunterGatherer2017
Ruckdump
All this fitted nicely into the 14litre Viper pack which is impressive in my opion
Having a smaller pack encourages me to avoid the justins as i call em
As ill jack that just in case
#woodsydoctorate #everydaysaschoolday
#backwoodswanderer #studyhardplayeasy #alwayssomethingtlearn #backwoodsman #YGOB #theleagueofwoodsmen #onlythewildernessispuretruth
Deer track lighter for scale
I am by no means a tracker but even i could spot this
#backwoodswanderer #onlythewildernessispuretruth #backwoodsman #woodsydoctorate #followthetrail #tracks #alwayssomethingtlearn
Pollarded this hazel last week at my woods.
Similar to coppicing but not right at the base of the trunk of the tree to encourage shoots to grow.
In a few years i'll have plenty f nice straight hazel staves to use
#woodsman #backwoodskills #backwoodsman #alwayssomethingtlearn
Good looking setup from @man_of_tanith and I learned a new word! "Kuksa" is a type of cup, used by my ancestors in Finland. Write that down! #whittleaway

Coffee in my kupilka kuksa a whittling project commenced for my kitchen kit
#whittling #bushcraft #backwoodskills #backwoodsman #woodsman #woodsydoctorate #usetheskillsorlosetheskills #whittleaway #woodcarving #spooncarving #handmade #handcarved #alwayssomethingtlearn  #alwayssomethingtodo 📷: @man_of_tanith