Published Articles

Archives for 2007

You are what you think! Bows: Part 1

Published in Bushcraft Magazine, Issue 12, December 2007

Before we start this 'How To', I must remove myself from any responsibility for the breakdown in your relationship with partners, family members and friends. Be warned; bow-making can become highly addictive and after your first, you will not be content! New designs and species of tree will fill your mind and you will find yourself heading down to the garden shed more often than into the house! I must confess to being an addict. I sometimes have to go into rehab and work on other skills such as tanning, tracking, fire-making etc. Fortunately, I'm addicted to these skills too! I have a teacher who says, You are what you think!"

Careful, you’ll have someone’s eye out - King Harold II 1066

Published in Bushcraft Magazine, Issue 11, October 2007

An arrowhead is a universal symbol. People seem to instinctively know what it is. Previous issues have covered the production of a flint arrow head. This 'How To' article explains how to make the rest of the arrow from totally natural materials, as well as showing how to fix and secure the arrowhead.

Not Just For Dogs!

Published in Bushcraft Magazine, Issue 10, August 2007

I've seen people using all manner of containers to keep this 'coal extender' in, a camera film case being a popular option. In this article I'm going to describe the construction of a rawhide container that will keep your dust safe and dry.

Have You Got The Brains?

Published in Bushcraft Magazine, Issue 9, June 2007

When I teach traditional brain tanning, students are amazed at how involved and labour intensive the process is and just how many calories you burn off! I like to think of it as a form of primitive keep fit, an aerobic exercise but without the Lycra. You get to create some beautiful buckskin clothes from your efforts, which is much more satisfying than going down the gym!

Fancy perfect pitch?

Published in Bushcraft Magazine, Issue 8, April 2007

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Collecting and using tree resins for glues, fillers, and waterproofing is definitely a task I cherish. One hears the description of resin as the blood of a tree and I like this analogy. When we bleed our blood congeals to make a scab to protect the wound and so too do trees. The resin oozes to coat a new injury and prevent infection. Many species provide suitable resins to work with. I have used cedar, juniper, fruit, pine, fir and spruce, to name a few but my best results have occurred with the last three.

What to look for in the woods this month: