Day in the woods

So with a weekend off and weather not to bad it was time to take the boys out and have a day by the fire.

So with the car packed we headed to a piece of land we use for a day outside cooking, bushcraft and carving.
So with a fire kit we put our food on which was going to beef stew served with bannock and started having a go at carving our spoons.
We where using green wood so was a little easier for the boys to carve with. Ethan was using his new knife he got for his birthday. He got a opinel #7 which is a great first knife as the end is rounded and is lockable.

I had taken my carving kit so helped them remove the middle with the hook knife.
We cooked our stew and baked bannock on the lid of the Dutch oven.

Bannock is very easy to make just self raising flour, a little oil, salt and water to make a dough.

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Leather crafting

I enjoy working with leather, I can’t say I’m brilliant at it but it is something I enjoy.

I’ve been making sheaths for trauma shears (tuff cuts) for a while and wanted to try another project.
So watching a YouTube video I saw how someone had put a leather collar on his axe and I thought I’d give it a go. I had some off cuts so made a collar and fancied making a sheath for it.
Firstly I cut a template with a piece of card and started to put the sheath together which hasn’t worked out to bad.

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Day Bag


I love spending time in the woods. Here is a list of what goes in my Day bag (give or take a few bits depending on what I am planning to do).
I generally take my dd frontline hammock and tarp really just to practice using in various different ways and the rest of the items

  • Bushcraft axe
  • Pukko knife
  • Bahco Laplander saw
  • Folding bow saw
  • Kuksa
  • Fire lighting kit
  • Fatwood and tinder
  • Coffee making kit and a cup-a-soup
  • Swiss army stove
  • Sit mat
  • First aid kit

It’s really just a case of streamlining kit some times stuff goes in and then other stuff comes out. I like the Swiss stove as I basically carry a bottle of water and the means to make a brew and it’s not excessively heavy

The cup for the Swiss stove is big enough to hold a tin of beans etc so is big enough to make a meal in.

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Tarp worms


So I thought I’d give these ago. I wanted something to keep my tarp taught and also be easily adjustable so found these online set up the tarp and went out to try them for the day.
I must say I’m impressed with the ease of use but just how they will act in a bit of wind I’m not sure.

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