Primitive Bushcraft: Pitch Glue and Shell Spoon

Conifers are, without a doubt, among the most useful trees to the Bushcrafter as they were to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The needles of pine, spruce, hemlock, and fir can be brewed into a delightful tea packed in Vitamin C, the roots (particularly those of spruce and tamarack) provide excellent cordage, the browse of fir and … Continue reading Primitive Bushcraft: Pitch Glue and Shell Spoon

Primitive Bushcraft: Simple Stone Tools

In a previous post, I touched on the importance of knowing how to improvise cutting tools in the event of a survival situation when you have no knife, axe, scissors, etc., or lost them. Here is a link to the post. For this discussion I will focus on making stone cutting tools – not finely … Continue reading Primitive Bushcraft: Simple Stone Tools

Bushcraft Tea, New Cook Kit, and May-apple

Rainy days mean peaceful days – the trails are desolate and quiet, an unusual though welcome break from the chatter of throngs of summer outers. So it was that I only came across a handful of people during this short day trip. I set out to one of my favourite spots in the forest, the … Continue reading Bushcraft Tea, New Cook Kit, and May-apple