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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Tarp shelters the easy way

There are loads of different configurations that you can do with different tarp sizes. Bungees are a great way to put up a shelter quickly and will enable you to take it down quickly if the need arises. This leaves you more time for the other activities around camp.

We ve all seen a simple lean too shelter,  so here are the pictures of both wedge shelters.

Normal wedge.

You can use sticks for the entrance also but with one bungee it’s easier than that. If you don’t have a single tree in front you can put a tie off line across two trees and hook to that. Which is what I did here.

Modified wedge.

Using a the para cord knot, tarp clips or something along those lines, that won’t damage your tarp, you can add tie off points. These will enable you to add head room to your shelter.

I will show a few more variations in the future but these are a good couple to start with.

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Water Filtration, The 5 contaminants and should you drink your own urine?

(Correction to my facts the life straw filters 1000litres)

Remember boiling is the only 100% proven method to make your drinking water safe from pathogens.

Here are the products shown in this video

life straw


Browns bag


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A couple more Natural cordage sources.

Here are a couple more sources of natural cordage. Milkweed and Common Cattail both can be processed like dogbane, platted or Flemish twisted into a strong usable cordage.

Here are some pictures to help you identify them;

Milk weed

Easily identifiable by the seed pods which are green and filled with a white fluffy seed in the summer these are dead open and winterized.

Fibres are peeled from the split stem the same way the dog bane is. I have found that this cordage is at a decent usable strength, by platting then Flemish twisting the fibres together or by using 6 fibres to create your rope.

Cattails aka bullrush

Easily identified by the sausage on a stick looking seed pod, which is green when the plant is alive. The final stages of this seed pod is where the cattail gets its name. (shown below)

The leaves of the cattail are stronger when green and alive but can still be weaved and platted for lighter duty tasks when dead.

I hope this was enjoyable and helpful to you if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. There’s alot more to come.

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The quality of an Estwing axe

If I find a piece of gear that is good quality and does what I want it to do I like to share it. I have had this axe going on 4 years now and its still going strong. I just saw this video featuring the good old estwing and thought that this gives great testament to the quality you get. Kudos to the slow mo guys for this video.

I can’t say much more really, it splits bullets without compromising the cutting edge in a big way.

You can find more info on the axe here


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Axe, Tomahawk chopping skills and showing off a new tool.

Keep all body parts away from the choppy end that’s the moral of this story.

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How to make lightweight and waterproof fire lighting strips.

I wanted to experiment with making my own waterproof light weight and highly pack able fire lighting strips so here is the result.


How to split wood with a smaller weaker knife.

Here is how to spilt larger wood without a solid knife. This knife is a swiss army knife climber which I carry everyday.

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Coming soon …One man and his shovel

After being on social media now for a few months I figured It was time to show you why you should be subscribed to my channel and my blog.

No food, no shelter, no sleeping bag, no cordage, no containers, just the clothes on my back the knowledge in my head and my shovel to last 4 days in the woods alone,

Real survival I think every perspective teacher of this subject should experience.

I intend on leading by example and will never class myself as an expert because there is always something new to learn.


A chat In the woods and a message to my subscribers


I d like to reveal something ambitiously made

Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.



First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.


With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering  to do in the axe head.


Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature


The shape is coming but I still have a few more heats to do to get the blade length and shape I am after. At this point the work has cooled down to much for big shaping hits, lighter taps are used to take out some of the hammer marks.


Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.


This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.


Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.img_20170212_1732581178376101.jpg

It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.


Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.