Welcome to R.A.W skills bushcraft, survival and adventures

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Welcome to R.A.W skills, Bush craft, Survival and Adventures! Throughout the menus,  there are video how to’s, Opinions of equipment that I have used and abused and the stories of my adventures as they happen. Come join me for the ride and learn, as I share my many years of knowledge and experiences with the outdoors.

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Diy light weight hot tent stove 

Keep an eye out for the next video which will be the full hot tent in action.

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1 Night chill-out in my tarp tee-pee

The woods were calling so it was time to get out and try out my tarp tee pee. I’ve been looking for a good lightweight winter shelter option for a while. One I can string to my pack, and have a good heat source inside could this be it? Out I went to the Queen Elizabeth Wetlands to explore a little, relax and above all else try out a tee pee style shelter.

I made the Tee Pee out of a 10ft  by 14ft cheap poly tarp and used the method that Lonnie from Far north Bushcraft uses to build his. One thing I will be making for it next, is a hot box to heat it. Being a shorter shelter meant that the smoke ceiling was lower as you see in the video so It got rather smokey at times even with an extra breeze to move the air around.


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Reusable water bladder

In todays society alot of us get lost in the enormous amount of gear choices out there, when it comes to bushcraft and camping. Here is one potentially free idea for you to save some money for a decent quality water bladder and the only thing that’s plastic on it is the spout. 

If your lucky enough to be in a country where Tim Hortons rules the coffee world,  at some point,  someone will buy coffees   for your group in a container like this. 

When it’s empty open up the cardboard box and you will find a decent quality bladder for transporting water in,  with care.  At a push you could  definitely boil water in it and it folds down to nothing.  The bladder holds 3.5litres a decent amount of water.

To make it even more robust you could fashion a cover to protect it. 

I hope this is helpful to everyone and shows that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on kit to get out into the woods.

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Another great realistic show, Just remember that it is tv. 

Britons answer to Les Stroud, this is another more realistic show demonstrating some valuable skills. A Couple of things to remember whilst watching shows like this are that,  no matter how alone they say they are, they always have a support crew to hand. Don’t drink untreated water unless in a dire survival situation and remember the rules of 3.

3 minutes without air

3 days without water

3 weeks without food

Great show though enjoy!

The water bottle debate. 

(I don’t own a nalgine but this Brita bottle paints the right picture my steel water bottle holds exactly a litre of water making it easy for working out water purification) 

I see a lot of survivalists and bushcrafters mentioning nalgine bottles for their go to water container. I myself am a strong metal water container advocate and heres why.

A stainless steel water container is

  • Solid and hard to puncture
  • Can be used with fire to boil water 
  • Doesnt hold flavour or smell
  • Water stays warmer for longer
  • Cheap to find at thrift stores 
  • No Worrying about  chemicals leaching into your water
  • Can be used as a fishing line spool


  • Heavyer than nalgine 
  • Noisey 
  • Hard to fix once punctured

 I can’t see the reason why anyone would trust their water supply in a plastic container other than the pretty colours and the variety of shapes that plastic water containers offer. All I see is a liability and lost water waiting to happen. 

Just my 2 sense 😊

Please share like and comment I will be bringing you more videos soon when I can acquire another camera. 

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Burning out a wooden mug

When you don’t have a container in the woods it is possible to make one with just a hook knife and some hot embers from your fire and bush made chopsticks.

Start by roughly shaping your container and carving out an indent where you will place your embers to burn away the wood.


Next add your embers using some green bush made chopsticks and blow on them to begin burning away the wood in the centre. Take it slow and only burn little bits at a time as heating the wood to much may cause cracks throughout. Burn with the embers and scrape with the hook knife repeat and manipulate the embers to burn the desired areas.


My end depth and shape


I used a rock to give the mug a smooth down then added so oil to the wood for the final finish.



What better way to test your creation. I will be making more so stay tuned for a more in depth video.

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No frying pan…. no problem, here’s a rock solid way to cook your bacon.

If you don’t have a frying pan with you, find yourself a flat rock one that isn’t,

from a river bed, is completely dry and isn’t made of flint or concrete because these could explode once they are heated up.

place your cooking rock on top of two support rocks then build your fire underneath. Light your fire, stand back and let the fire heat the rock up slowly (there still is a risk of the rock exploding).

Once the rock is nice and hot put your food on, be it bacon, sausage, steaks etc and cook as you would in a frying pan. If you are cooking eggs, add a little oil, butter or wait until the fat from the meat is coating the rock surface so it doesn’t stick.