Campfire Club of America

Welp, it looks like our friends over atMasterwoodsman.com have hit it out of the park with this one, yet again!

The videos contained in the article are priceless, in my opinion

I’d no idea of such club, and after reading the article I have only one question… Where do I sign up?

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Last year I wrote an article which included an excerpt from the book,On Your Own in the Wilderness by Townsend Whelen and Bradford Angier. In that article was a quote mentioning the Camp-Fire Club of America (CFCA). I, and my friends who study and appreciate Classic Camping, have seen mention of the CFCA in text from the early 1900′s and obviously up to the late Read More

Working With the Universal Tool Kit

The Universal Tool Kit, as set down in his excellent book, ‘The Universal Tool Kit”, by Paul Campbell, is more than just a great read, putting the pieces together is all important. You have no need of experience in flintknapping, and if you do, that’s okay, but it is not required. It is really simple and when put into practice, the simplicity shines through. It is so simple, as to be deceiving, and you find yourself saying is that it? The answer is yes, that’s it.

Like all of Paul Campbell’s books, his research and practice of the skill is first rate, his explanations are clear and sometimes set in anecdotal style, that makes it leap off the page. what … Read More

Bushcraft 101… A Book Review

dcbookDave Canterbury is arguably one of the most popular survival instructors in the general public eye. This is in no small part due to the popularity of his role as one of the original co-stars of Discovery channel’s “Dual Survival” and his online videos. With the success of his school and personalized products, along with his breadth of knowledge, writing a book was a natural progression for Canterbury.

“Bushcraft 101, a Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival”, authored by Dave Canterbury, is yet another book to enter the survival community, but when one opens to the title page, one is greeted with a long list of topics, some common and others not so common in this type of book.Read More

Tales From the Green Valley

With the ubiquitous hustle and bustle surrounding us, we often dream of escaping to a more simpler time, a time free of traffic, city noise, honking horns and large crowds. After all, isn’t this why many of us escape to the great outdoors on our myriad camping excursions? Though we dream of being transported back in time, just how well would one be able to adjust, however?

In 2005, the BBC ran a twelve part series following a group of historians and archaeologists for a year as they lived the lifestyle of the 1620s, wearing the same clothes, eating the same food, and using the same technology.

From Wiki

Tales from the Green Valley is a historical documentary TV series in

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Water… The Ohio Lesson

 

What happened to Ohio’s water should be a call to arm yourselves with water. No war, no government takeover, but nature at its worst aided by industry, no doubt. I suggest this is the time to make sure you have water and then more water.

A water problem can come from myriad causes. Without it, you and your family are are in the deep end of the empty pool. I know it is not sexy to store water, not like having weapons of choice and all of those cool things folks who practice the survival arts like to do. Even storing food is more sexy. Water is life.

Without water you can die. Water is so common, even well … Read More

Is the Book Worthy?

Over the course of the last several months I’ve read statements by some very knowledgeable folks that if a book is self published it most likely is not very good. Why? Because a “book publisher” most likely did not find it worthy to publish. I think at one time that may have had some truth to it but the internet has changed that thinking in my view.

Who made the publisher king? Sure perhaps they didnt get it , not their cup of tea, or they already have several books on the subject. The bottom line is they can only handle so many titles anyway. It may have been too expensive to print etc.. or what ever the many reasons … Read More

The Better Bow and Drill

IMG_3243For as long as I remember and what ever reference I’ve ever come across, when it comes to the bow and drill, it is said to use a hefty branch with a bit of bend to use as a bow. I’m not exactly sure why that is, other than perhaps the idea comes from our Northern Ancestors who would fashion a bow from a naturally curved walrus tusk or bone. It is perhaps that image that has spawned so many to believe it is the ideal shape and therefore reprint the images and ideology over and over again.

From a purely mechanical standpoint, the bow and drill far exceeds the hand-drill in machine efficiency, but there is still room for improvement Read More

8 Solar Fire Starting Tips You Must Know

Most everything I’ve ever seen in print in regards to using a magnifying glass to start a fire has been very generic—focus the sun beam on something dry and swoosh fire. Sometimes I’m left wondering if the authors of some of the things I’ve read have actually started a fire with such a device? Perhaps, the author has used a big magnifying glass that can easily fry an egg, but when a small wallet type one is used the tactics change a bit.

I have to admit, I was a bit taken a back when I read the following article, because, well, It seems Creek Stewart was inside my head when he wrote it.

Creek’s tip #4 has been what

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Fire Making Apparatus in the U.S. and Abroad

Untitled-2Yesterday I wrote about the Bow and Drill for fire-starting in North America and how in fact there is no evidence to actually support that, when in fact the only evidence is use of the hand-drill.

It was suggested elsewhere the Iroquois used the bow and drill, but I think the person authoring the comment was confusing it with the pump drill, which the Iroquois are credited with inventing, though reference indicates there may likely have been white man influence in the invention.

My buddies over at Master Woodsman—thanks guys—pointed me to another resource which I know many of you I am sure will find fascinating, as it details the fire-making apparatus of various tribes across North America, from Read More

The Bow and Drill in North America

Bow_drill,_Nunatsiarmiut-Nunavimiut,_S._Baffin_Island,_eastern_Hudson_Bay,_1910-1914_-_Royal_Ontario_Museum_-_DSC00287It’s been a long  held belief that the Bow and Drill was used in North America, by Native Americans, as the principle means of starting fire. However, evidence, or lack there of, suggests that simply isn’t true, Not on the West Coast and Not on the East coast. In fact, the only historical evidence there is for it’s use is in Canada and above. So what was used then? The handdrill.

In 1934, Paul S. Martin wrote an anthropological article outlining how fire was started in North America. Much of the information came from historical documents of travelers as they logged their encounters with indigenous people and witnessed how these people indeed started fire.

From the document:

It has been

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