Primitive Skills: Bark Quiver

I've been messing around with tree bark lately...more specifically, from a Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) that came down in a storm back in early July. I was working at the Gladie Visitor Center one rainy morning when some visitors reported that a tree was down across one lane of the nearby road. I walked out … Continue reading Primitive Skills: Bark Quiver

Primitive Bushcraft: Grass Coiled-Basket

Aside from vine woven and various bark baskets, grasses were a widespread resource for our ancestors to make containers with. They were also very useful for a variety of things, from fire-making to shelter-building, and even foraging.Some grasses, like maize, rice, and ancient forms of wheat, were instrumental in the development of human-kind with the … Continue reading Primitive Bushcraft: Grass Coiled-Basket

Primitive Bushcraft: Vine Pack Basket

For thousands of years, before the introduction and widespread use of cloth carrying sacks, primitive peoples worldwide wove wooden splints, vines, and tree barks into pack baskets as a way of transporting goods. They are still very much in use in some parts of the world despite the availability of modern materials. In Malaysia, for … Continue reading Primitive Bushcraft: Vine Pack Basket

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