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White Willow or just willow has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. We can date its use back to The Egyptians. The bark is essentially aspirin and if you ate allergic to aspirin you should not use it. It is a great pain reliever in any survival situations or as an alternative pharmaceuticals to in daily life. Here is a link for more jnfo:  https://www.cloverleaffarmherbs.com/willow/  #wildcraftingmedicine #wildmedicine #wildcrafting #wildernesssurvival #wildernessurvivalskills #bushcraftmedicine #bushcraftskills #bushknowledge #bushcraftknowledge #backcountrysurvival #smoothingit #survivalmedicine #survival #survivalskills #oregonbushcraft #oregonwildcraft #oregonbushcrafting
White Willow or just willow has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. We can date its use back to The Egyptians. The bark is essentially aspirin and if you ate allergic to aspirin you should not use it. It is a great pain reliever in any survival situations or as an alternative pharmaceuticals to in daily life. Here is a link for more jnfo: https://www.cloverleaffarmherbs.com/willow/ #wildcraftingmedicine  #wildmedicine  #wildcrafting  #wildernesssurvival  #wildernessurvivalskills  #bushcraftmedicine  #bushcraftskills  #bushknowledge  #bushcraftknowledge  #backcountrysurvival  #smoothingit  #survivalmedicine  #survival  #survivalskills  #oregonbushcraft  #oregonwildcraft  #oregonbushcrafting 
Wild rose grows all over the world and here in Central Oregon it grows along river banks,near lakes and other sources of water. The little bulb underneath the flower (shown in second picture) will turn bright red and is the seed pod known as rose hips. It is full of vitamin c. It is a great #survivalfood and makes a great tea. Here is a link for more info on wild rose  http://wildfoodsandmedicines.com/wild-rose-flower/  #wildedibles #survivalfoods #wildedibleplants #wildedibleflower #wildedibleflowers #antiscurvy #bushcraftfood #bushcraftfoods #bushcraft #bushcraftsurvival #bushcrafting #bushcraftusa #bushcrafters #bushcraftskills #bushcraftknowledge #bushcraftlife #bushcrafty #bushcrafts #wildcraft #wildcraftedmedicine #wildcraftedherbs #wildernessfood #
Wild rose grows all over the world and here in Central Oregon it grows along river banks,near lakes and other sources of water. The little bulb underneath the flower (shown in second picture) will turn bright red and is the seed pod known as rose hips. It is full of vitamin c. It is a great #survivalfood  and makes a great tea. Here is a link for more info on wild rose http://wildfoodsandmedicines.com/wild-rose-flower/ #wildedibles  #survivalfoods  #wildedibleplants  #wildedibleflower  #wildedibleflowers  #antiscurvy  #bushcraftfood  #bushcraftfoods  #bushcraft  #bushcraftsurvival  #bushcrafting  #bushcraftusa  #bushcrafters  #bushcraftskills  #bushcraftknowledge  #bushcraftlife  #bushcrafty  #bushcrafts  #wildcraft  #wildcraftedmedicine  #wildcraftedherbs  #wildernessfood  #
Bushcraft seax. Pack light and travel far.
Bushcraft seax. Pack light and travel far.
Packed and ready for a day jaunt in my woods tomorrow apart from food
Still got some space in the pack as well which makes a nice if surprising change.
#itsnotburstingattheseams
#canvaspack 
#wonderwhatsinit
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#wildernessliving 
#bushcraft
I've been reading Mors Kochanski's Bushcraft and its motivated me to have a reassess of how i carry my "possibles" i'm not a huge fan of the belt pouch as i've fallen into the trap of a belt of a thousand things and in truth i don't think it is necessary for me to have a civilian version of webbing at all times attached to me.
So i've gone for small but useful and easily carried in trouser,coat or shirt pocket
Small personal first aid kit
Ferro rod,striker and whistle
Baccy flap
Pipe
Torch(flashlight to those over the pond)
Tinder bag
SAK farmer
K&M matchsafe
Bandana
#tailoryourkittoyourownchoices
#nobatbeltforme
#MorsKochanski
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#wildernessliving 
#backwoodsman
#pipe
#pipesmoking
#beatofyourowndrum
#followyourownpath
#bushcraft
I've been reading Mors Kochanski's Bushcraft and its motivated me to have a reassess of how i carry my "possibles" i'm not a huge fan of the belt pouch as i've fallen into the trap of a belt of a thousand things and in truth i don't think it is necessary for me to have a civilian version of webbing at all times attached to me. So i've gone for small but useful and easily carried in trouser,coat or shirt pocket Small personal first aid kit Ferro rod,striker and whistle Baccy flap Pipe Torch(flashlight to those over the pond) Tinder bag SAK farmer K&M matchsafe Bandana #tailoryourkittoyourownchoices  #nobatbeltforme  #MorsKochanski  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #wildernessurvivalskills  #wildernessliving  #backwoodsman  #pipe  #pipesmoking  #beatofyourowndrum  #followyourownpath  #bushcraft 
Honestly we did do stuff other than feast at last weekends camp....
But we also ate a lot....
Full english breakfast always goes down well 
Washed down with more coffee of course.
#fullenglish
#campfirecooking 
#overthefirecooking 
#wildernessliving 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#noboilinthebagnonsense 
#properfood
#bushcraft
#whodoesntlovebacon
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Lazy sunday
Workin on my moccassins (ok so i started em about a year ago but ive been procrastinating)
Watching the classic Jeremiah Johnson
Smoking some Mac Barens Virginia Flake in an antique Meerschaum
Coffee and chocolate just added bonuses
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#procaffination
#pipe
#pipesmoking
#moccassins
#backwoodsman
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#alternatefootwear
Study time.
Reading On Your Own In The Wilderness by Townsed Whelen and Bradford Angier.
A good old fashioned book where it isnt about the huge amounts of kit packed but the skills to mean you only need pack a few items and live comfortably using whats available in the wilderness.
Smoking some SG Navy Flake at the moment. Because its too early for drinkin rum but not smoking it...
#studytheoldmasters
#oldbooks
#bushcraft
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#pipesmoking
#pipe
#rumbeforeelevenmakesyouadrunk
Study time. Reading On Your Own In The Wilderness by Townsed Whelen and Bradford Angier. A good old fashioned book where it isnt about the huge amounts of kit packed but the skills to mean you only need pack a few items and live comfortably using whats available in the wilderness. Smoking some SG Navy Flake at the moment. Because its too early for drinkin rum but not smoking it... #studytheoldmasters  #oldbooks  #bushcraft  #wildernessurvivalskills  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #pipesmoking  #pipe  #rumbeforeelevenmakesyouadrunk 
Candle wick fungus
Scientific name  Xylaria hypoxylon

As found in @joescraft and shown and taught to me by @bowlturner 
Got to love learning stuff
#freakyfungi 
#mycology 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
Im very lucky to have spent this year assisting @joescraft in his beautiful ancient woodlands.
He's passionate about the subjects he teaches, extremely knowledgeable and isnt egodriven.
He's also good at getting the best out of students and pushes me to be as good as i can be.

#oknomorehedoesnttakeflatterywell
#lovemyjob
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Ideally this would be a photo of the delicious roast phesent breats,mashed potato,broccoli and cauliflower,honey roast carrots and parsnips served with an onion gravy all cooked over the open fire.
Unfortunately the students were hungry after the days instruction from @bowlturner and @joescraft  so you will just have to take my word for it when i say it was delicious
#noleftovers
#campfirecookery
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#hungryfolks
#hungeristhebestcondiment
Ideally this would be a photo of the delicious roast phesent breats,mashed potato,broccoli and cauliflower,honey roast carrots and parsnips served with an onion gravy all cooked over the open fire. Unfortunately the students were hungry after the days instruction from @bowlturner and @joescraft so you will just have to take my word for it when i say it was delicious #noleftovers  #campfirecookery  #wildernessurvivalskills  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #hungryfolks  #hungeristhebestcondiment 
After a days instruction from @joescraft  and @bowlturner students were moving on well with making their own three legged stools learning safe axe techniques, how to use a bit and brace or a scotch eyed auger. Simple tools that can be carried into the woods within a rucksack.
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#wildernessliving 
#livingnotsurviving 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#goodstoolage
Two of the students get hands on using the two man saw belonging to @bowlturner on the course run by @joescraft last weekend.
Having had a little play with it myself i have a healthy respect for all those lumberjacks who dropped redwoods with them
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#bigasssaw
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Two of the students get hands on using the two man saw belonging to @bowlturner on the course run by @joescraft last weekend. Having had a little play with it myself i have a healthy respect for all those lumberjacks who dropped redwoods with them #wildernessurvivalskills  #bigasssaw  #onlythewildernessispuretruth 
@bowlturner discissing bucksaws with students of @joescraft 
I'm not saying he is a giant but he uses these as his folding saw like most use a silky.
#heshooge
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Wasps set up a nest in @joescraft kitchen tarp
The lairy winds we have experienced here in the UK unveiled it in all its glory.
Luckily the winds had also scared them all away as im not a fan of wasps and had to tie the tarp down again.
#allcreaturesserveapurpose
#whatpuproseisthewasps
#evillittlebastids
#dontevenmakehoney
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
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
Walking into @joescraft woods friday afternoon.
#seeimsmilingdamnyou
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#facehurts
So this happened tonight
@joescraft has put me on the website so its official now.
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#livingthedream
#nowtherealworkstarts
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#thanksboss
I know its a bad photo but this coffee marks the first cup i had on the friday morning of the #huntergatherer 
Three weeks i had gone without coffee and this cup was absolute bliss.
#huntergather2017 
#ohcoffeehowimissedyou
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#doingnottalking
Hmmm need some practice on arrow straightenin methinks.
Tipped with barbed wire or broken and crudly knapped broken glass fletched with birch bark or scrounged feathers.
Guess one the areas i have identified to improve on following the #huntergatherer 
#roomforimprovement
#survivalbow 
#atlatl
#huntergather2017 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#cantbegoodateverything
#knowwhatimgonnabeworkingon
Something novel about the #huntergatherer is the meat debt you have to repay 
At the start of the week you get a share of a deer between the group. Its not that simple though, you have to skin and butcher the deer yourself.
Then to repay the meat debt you have to produce a working hunting weapon to show that in a real wilderness living scenario you could provide for yourself.
Here i am floor tillering a survival bow made from a hazel stave.
#survivalbow 
#huntergatherer2017
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#cantliveoffroots
#backwoodsbowyer
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#whysoserious
#honestidosmileoccassionally
Something novel about the #huntergatherer  is the meat debt you have to repay At the start of the week you get a share of a deer between the group. Its not that simple though, you have to skin and butcher the deer yourself. Then to repay the meat debt you have to produce a working hunting weapon to show that in a real wilderness living scenario you could provide for yourself. Here i am floor tillering a survival bow made from a hazel stave. #survivalbow  #huntergatherer2017  #wildernessurvivalskills  #cantliveoffroots  #backwoodsbowyer  #notforthearmchairexperts  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #whysoserious  #honestidosmileoccassionally 
Having roasted the acorns in the embers the next stages were to remove the shells and chop the kernals into smaller pieces.
This was quite a long process so whilst i used the Julu to pierce the shell i also had my evening's survival stew of venison,burdock root,silverweed root,plantain,dandelion and stinging nettle cooking. I had also saved the drippings and fat from my steak and kidney in the pan to add flavour and more calories to the stew.
Multi tasking was the only way to get everything i wanted to do done
#huntergatherer 
#huntergatherer2017 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Having roasted the acorns in the embers the next stages were to remove the shells and chop the kernals into smaller pieces. This was quite a long process so whilst i used the Julu to pierce the shell i also had my evening's survival stew of venison,burdock root,silverweed root,plantain,dandelion and stinging nettle cooking. I had also saved the drippings and fat from my steak and kidney in the pan to add flavour and more calories to the stew. Multi tasking was the only way to get everything i wanted to do done #huntergatherer  #huntergatherer2017  #wildernessurvivalskills  #onlythewildernessispuretruth 
Three hours of gentle wandering and this was the yeild of my foraging
Sloes
Haws
Rosehips
Nettles
Plantain
Acorns
Hazelnuts
Silver weed
Burdock
Dandelion

I filled my foraging pouch and this all kept me well fed for the remainder of #huntergather2017
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Nature will provide
But only if you are willing to work for it.
Here i'm using a digging stick to uncover Silver weed a carbohydrate rich root.
This was the afternoon day two of #huntergatherer2017 id eaten only meat and sloes warmed in the fire since monday am and expended a lot of energy
#notforthearmchairexperts 
##huntergatherer 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#digforvictory
Morning two of the #huntergatherer2017 i slept well waking 3 times to stoke the fire before dozing off again 
Collected filtered and boiled water 
Gathered in lots of boney oak to replenish the firewood stocks
Added the frame for another wall to my shelter. Whilst i had an adequate shelter i was thinking long term living not just overnighting in the shelter.
Venison was being smoked to preserve it
Thoughts now turned to a foraging jaunt to stock up on edibles.
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#belonginginthewoodsnotjustvisiting
Morning two of the #huntergatherer2017  i slept well waking 3 times to stoke the fire before dozing off again Collected filtered and boiled water Gathered in lots of boney oak to replenish the firewood stocks Added the frame for another wall to my shelter. Whilst i had an adequate shelter i was thinking long term living not just overnighting in the shelter. Venison was being smoked to preserve it Thoughts now turned to a foraging jaunt to stock up on edibles. #wildernessurvivalskills  #notforthearmchairexperts  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #belonginginthewoodsnotjustvisiting 
Having got the fire lit and with a billy can of sweet wood ruff tea drunk to rehydrate myself thoughts turned to food to replace all the energy i had burnt off.
Common sense says to eat survival stew as its a good way to ensure you dont loose any of the nutritional goodness.
I chose a different tactic wanting something a bit more appetising so i fried up the kidneys from the deer with some chunks of filet steak in a bit of fat.
High calories and flavour from the fat absolutely delicious if i say so myself
(Pic credit @joescraft )
#huntergatherer
#huntergatherer2017
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#wildernessurvivalskills
Having got the fire lit and with a billy can of sweet wood ruff tea drunk to rehydrate myself thoughts turned to food to replace all the energy i had burnt off. Common sense says to eat survival stew as its a good way to ensure you dont loose any of the nutritional goodness. I chose a different tactic wanting something a bit more appetising so i fried up the kidneys from the deer with some chunks of filet steak in a bit of fat. High calories and flavour from the fat absolutely delicious if i say so myself (Pic credit @joescraft ) #huntergatherer  #huntergatherer2017  #notforthearmchairexperts  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #wildernessurvivalskills 
Fire for the #huntergatherer was lit with bowdrill
Usually i dont fuss too much about the hearth and spindle but it felt right to offer them to the fire this time. A gesture of acknowledgement i would maintain this fire for the next four days and as long as i looked after the fire it would look after me.
#huntergatherer2017 
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
After arriving at our location and having had a scout around for a good site i began working on my shelter.
Completely manufactured using only natural materials sources on site.
This is a different style shelter to my usual open sided A frame but wanted to experiment. (Plus i had looked at @joescraft 's brilliant scale model shelter village)
Notice the long log to be used for phase two of the build.
At this point i still had no fire nor had i had anything to eat or drink.
It was damn warm work so i worked stripped down to baselayer to minimise overheating and sweating.
#huntergatherer 
#huntergatherer2017 
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
After arriving at our location and having had a scout around for a good site i began working on my shelter. Completely manufactured using only natural materials sources on site. This is a different style shelter to my usual open sided A frame but wanted to experiment. (Plus i had looked at @joescraft 's brilliant scale model shelter village) Notice the long log to be used for phase two of the build. At this point i still had no fire nor had i had anything to eat or drink. It was damn warm work so i worked stripped down to baselayer to minimise overheating and sweating. #huntergatherer  #huntergatherer2017  #notforthearmchairexperts  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #wildernessurvivalskills 
Walking into the woods monday am
Only 1 cup of water no food 
Nice hour walk from @joescraft basecamp to the woods where we would spend the week living off the land.
#huntergatherer
#huntergatherer2017 
#HGC
#testyourself
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
Back in the wiltshire woods.
Hunter gatherer challenge begins tomorrow am
See you all in a week
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#HGC
#huntergatherer2017 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Packed and ready for the hunter gatherer challenge being run by @joescraft
Please note 90% of this packs contents will not be used after tomorrow night. Itll all be packed away for emergencies
There is also a whole bag of coffee for friday's end de brief 😁
#huntergatherer2017 
#HGC
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#gonnabesoggy
#ifitaintrainingitainttraining
Tools for the Hunter Gatherer Challenge run by @joescraft down in ancient woodlands
Couple of contraband items snuck in but still in the spirit of the challenge as they are based on indiginous people's flint technology.
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#walkthewalk
#notforthearmchairexperts 
#testingmyself
#backwoodsman
#bushcraft
#woodsman
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#contraband
Vension wild mushroom and red wine pie anyone?
All cooked on open fire by the students of last weekends wild food feast run by @joescraft 
Who says food in the woods should be bland and uninteresting? Not us!
#woodlandfinedining
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#backwoodsbaking 
#piewin
Delicious ponassed trout
Eaten with a spoon i got from @married2nature 
Double winner right here folks
#ponasse 
#beautifulcarving
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#nomnomnom 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#ifyoucouldonlytastethis
Ponassed Trout roasting over oak and hazel
I really dont like fish as a meal but this technique is the exception to the rule
#ponasse
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#goodeating
Mint and pine needle tea
A nice Vit. C booster and the mint adds another flavour
#wildtea
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#nocaffiene
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#mintea
First time preparing a Hangi last weekend.
One of the nice things about workng with @joescraft is he trusts you to be able to do.
It worked fine and all the students enjoyed the venison
Already thinking how to improve the technique for next time.
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernesssurvivalskills 
#hangi
#goodeating
#venisonwin
#nicetobetrusted
Students giving it some (digging)
stick grubbing out silverweed roots for its precious starchy carbohydrate loveliness
@joescraft teaches useful wild edibles that tick several boxes of criteria not just one
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildfood
#carbsmusthavecarbs
Freshly butchered (demonstrated by @joescraft then the students joined in)
venison smoking in the eaves of the roundhouse over oak
Absolutely delicious
#jerkymaking 
#backwoodsskills
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Teaching wilderness survival to US Army Reservists. Great day and fun. 
#usarmyreserve 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#bushcraftnetherlands 
#specialoperationforces 
#hikingvibes 
#healthandfitness
Cheers
Coffee in the wooda using the larger kupilka cup which holds a much more respectable 380mls of precious coffee.
Im now off the coffee until after the Hunter Gatherer Challenge run by @joescraft so i made sure i really enjoyed the ones i had last weekend.
#caffienefiend 
#caffienewithdrawal
#imscaredtoo
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Tabbing into the woods on friday just gone to assist @joescraft run his Autumn wild food feast course
#iveworncheckshirtsandhadabeardforyears
#backwoodsman
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#woodsman
Packed and ready for another weekend with @joescraft helping on his #wildfoodcourse a veritable feast inluding venison cooked in hangi pit and ponassed salmon plus fruit leathers and bread baking. Gonna be some good eating this weekend
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Showed wee man how to light a cramp ball (daldinia concentrica)
He found it fascinating to watch the ember move through the rings.
#firelighting
#nextgenwoodsman 
#backwoodsmaninthemaking 
#sharetheknowledge 
#passtheknowledgeon 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
Hat ✔
Check shirt✔
Ripped jeans ✔
Neck knife✔
Headtorch ✔
All he needs for adventuring
Here he is setting up a "snare"( it was only a bit of string tied to a peg) 
Checking these through the evening night and morning was a great game for quiet moving and responsibility for the traps we had set
#nextgenwoodsman 
#backwoodsmaninthemaking 
#prouddaddy
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#bushcraftnotminecraft
#wildernessurvivalskills
Got the lad hooked on archery with a taster session at the haven holiday camp we are staying at.
Best bit? @mrs_gravestock has agreed to a target in the garden so we can all practice.
Whoooooop!!!!
#archery
#bowsnarrows
#flyingsticks
#encourgekidsinterests
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
Seagull tracks
Even when on holiday its nice to practice where you can
#tracking 
#backwoodslivingskills 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#backwoodsman 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#greatyarmouth
@lemmelkaffe in my kupilka
Nessmuk Navy Plug in my spigot
Country cake to snack upon
A pleasant break
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#tellmethereiscake
#nonethisfancyschmancycakegimmetheclassics
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#oksoididntforagethecake
#backwoodsman
#backwoodslivingskills
Retted and stripped out lime bark or bast. Not a bad haul from a couple of manky looking twigs.
Next time im away to the woods ill boil em in some ash solution then twist em up.
Cordage is a very under rated skill i feel
#notassexyasaknifepic
#trueskillsnotsexykitporn
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#ilaughatparacord
#backwoodsman
#bwckwoodsskills
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 
What a fun week we had with these wilderness survivalists! #summercamp #montanakids #wildernessurvivalskills #kidsandnature #summerfun
Russian surplus veshmeshok
A very very simple pack
This was kindly given to me by @scruffuk and will be used in october on the Hunter Gatherer Challenge
#simplebutefficient 
#simpleisoftenthebestway 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#wildernessliving 
#huntergatherer2017 
#HGC
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Choppy choppy chop
Gransfors swedish carving axe being used to remove material from the stave.
Getting as close to the marker line is a test of skill,nerves and axe control....
I confess i wasnt too brave and didnt get as close to the line as @joescraft did when he was demonstrating this.
#ninetenthsbroken 
#backwoodsbowyer
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#bowmaking 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#testingthenerves
Using the @morakniv drawknife to shape the bow stave
@joescraft has brilliant shavehorses which whilst not essential for bow making sure as hell make life easier.
Plans are bubbling around my head to make a shavehorse myself having used one last weekend i can really see their worth
#ninetenthsbroken 
#bowmaking
#backwoodsbowyer
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wantashavehorse
#alwaysmoreprojectstoworkon
Be careful when you stare into the coffee the coffee does not stare  into you
#coffeesbitch
#nocoffeenoworky 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
Morning all
Nothing like 1.8litres of #lemmelkaffe done over the campfire to start the day off right 
#kokkaffe 
#nocoffeenoworky 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#caffieneforthewin 
#caffienefiend
Set squares and metal rules may not be the usual bushcraft tools but they are ruddy handy.
The cross between @joescraft bushcraft experience and his greenwoodworking lends itself to an experience beyond some bushcraft courses
Here i've transferred from the one plane to another giving me guidance as to what material to remove.
#ninetenthsbroken 
#backwoodsbowyer
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
#greenwoodworkingtools
Marking out the intial areas to preserve when removing the excess material
@joescraft took the photo to prove i was actually there
#backwoodsbowyer
#ninetenthsbroken 
#checkshirtnotacliche
#backwoodsman
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Bow staves at the end of the first day.
Hard graft from all all under the watchful eye of @joescraft 
#ninetenthsbroken 
#backwoodsbowyer
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills
That moment where you begin
The @morakniv draw knife (aka pish knife or splitting knife) the beautiful @mrs_gravestock bought me as an anniversary gift about to begin stripping the bark from the back of the bow.
Get ready for a few more pictures of this tool as it got used a lot on @joescraft bow making course last weekend
#moraarebrilliant
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#backwoodsbowyer
#backwoodsman
@naturescraft has an impressive demo set for fire by friction here it is laid out at a recent course we were both helping @joescraft run in lovely wiltshire woods
Had some impressive embers from a few of the students
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#firebyfriction 
#rubbingtwostickstogether
A plethora of ponassed trout
I dont like fish usually but cooked over boney oak these were delicious
@joescraft im a convert!

#backwoodsgourmet 
#tastedsogood
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Cooking fire starting off in the trench
We want a nice hot bed of embers for what is planned
@joescraft never fails to produce some top notch meals and cooking for a large group on an open fire really has made me up my game with regards to fire management and cooking techniques
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#backwoodsgourmet
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Cooking fire starting off in the trench We want a nice hot bed of embers for what is planned @joescraft never fails to produce some top notch meals and cooking for a large group on an open fire really has made me up my game with regards to fire management and cooking techniques #wildernessurvivalskills  #backwoodsgourmet  #onlythewildernessispuretruth 
Wish my classrooms at school had looked like this.
The parachute workshop at wilderness survival skills base camp
@joescraft has such a beautiful ancient woodland to instruct from
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#bestclassroomever
#wontgetintroubleforstaringattheview
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Cooking up the ingredients for wood pigeon tagine.
A seriously tasty proper meal and one of many recipes ive learnt whilst assisting @joescraft 
The ability to cook for large groups on an open fire is not one to be disregarded or ignored.
#woodschef
#notbloodyratpacks
#noboilinthebagnonsense
#notdehydratedmush
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Morning coffee and plenty of hot water for the course attendees last weekend on @joescraft bushcraft weekend
#coffeeisessential
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Woodland spurge
Highly toxic but an indicator of ancient woodland
Useful to know the inedible plants as well as the edibles
Photo taken whilst helping @joescraft a couple of weeks ago
#wildplant
#notonetoeat
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth
Final night around the fire at last weeks course.
A time for laughter, jokes and reflection
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#firegazing
Another student with his final days shelter and fire.
All students slept out under the stars in their shelters on the final day giving them a chance to put into practice all they had been taught by @joescraft 
Putting the theoretical into the practical is a good way to learn and own the various skills taught.
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#learningbydoing
#handsonlearning
A participant successfully blows his bowdrill ember to flame.
For me this was a special moment as it was the first time i had coached someone to a successful ember and flame. It reinforced to me that not only do i have the ability to make fire by friction but that i can also pass that knowledge onto someone else.
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#sharetheknowledge
#firebyfriction 
#flameon
The weeks course culminates in participants sleeping in the shelters theyve built
Here we have a veritable mansion built  by one.
Its all about stripping back to the essentials and living comfortably with what the woods provide.
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#naturalshelter 
#livingatonewiththewoods
#woodlandmansion
One of the course participants bearing his improvised container filled with wild edibles.
As he's a beginner in the world of foraging all plants were ID checked by @joescraft to make sure they weren't harmful
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#wildedibles
#wildfoodid
Tom one of @joescraft staff team demonstrating his war boomerang during the throwing stick section of the hunting tools day.
Tom is a man mountain and has a thick northern accent which led to me translating is bellow of excitement into "if that had hit the phesent we would be eating tonight" for the benefit of some of the course attendees who didnt speak english as their first language
#wildernessawakeningmay2017 
#wildernessurvivalskills 
#onlythewildernessispuretruth 
#throwingsticks
#boomerang
#giant
Tom one of @joescraft staff team demonstrating his war boomerang during the throwing stick section of the hunting tools day. Tom is a man mountain and has a thick northern accent which led to me translating is bellow of excitement into "if that had hit the phesent we would be eating tonight" for the benefit of some of the course attendees who didnt speak english as their first language #wildernessawakeningmay2017  #wildernessurvivalskills  #onlythewildernessispuretruth  #throwingsticks  #boomerang  #giant