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.

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I d like to reveal something ambitiously made

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

 

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

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

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Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Nick

 

Natural cordage Dog bane

Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.

Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.

You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture

Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other

Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture

The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.

Stuck in the snow and self recovery.

As you all know I was ment to go out in to the bush this weekend with the rat. Unfortunately I had to abort the mission after this happened. Lol

Things to remember

  1. Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
  2. Always carry a shovel;
  3. Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
  4. Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
  5. Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
  6. Keep Those old car matts in the trunk, they can come in handy. Iven winter a bag of salt or sand is also a good back up for extra grip;
  7. Keep your fuel tank topped up;
  8. First aid kit and training;
  9. Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
  10. Tow company coverage;
  11. Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
  12. A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
  13. As with any trip always tell someone where you are going and the route you plan to take.

Hopefully this is helpful to you all and keeps you safe out there. Things like this can happen to anyone and everyone so Make sure you are prepared.

Thanks very much for watching and reading

Nick

As always check out my patreon account if you are interested in helping contribute to my channel

https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?c=1495626

Pine pitch glue stick and pine salve

This glue can also be used to;

make birch bark containers and canoes water tight;

stick arrow heads to shafts;

patch holes in fiberglass/kevlar canoes;

makes a great fire starter as you saw in the video lol;

and as I find them I ll list some more uses.

Thank you for watching

If you have any questions or suggestions please don’t hesitate to ask

Also if you would like to help support my channel please check out my patreon page anything an everything will help a great deal.

Click the link: https://www.patreon.com/rawskillsbushcraft

Thanks again

Nick

 

 

 

Thors hammer for bow drill?

Here is a demo of a multifunctional tool, that is easy to carry around and can be used for a few bushcraft and Survival tasks.

Bow drill baring block, flint striker, bottle opener, fero rod striker, bark stripper, hanging point, Paracord.

Thanks for watching

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please I check out my patreon page linked below to help support my channel

https://www.patreon.com/rawskillsbushcraft

Nick

Training to become a human mule

Want to get fit to carry weight on your back over long distances? do you want become a human mule? here I tell you how.

Remember to build up slowly and tell someone where you are going and what time you ll be back.

If you have any questions or requests feel free to email me. Also if you would like to help support my channel I have set up a patreon account where you can donate and help me to keep bringing you my videos and information. Anything and Everything is greatly appreciated.

click the link below to go to my patreon page;

https://www.patreon.com/rawskillsbushcraft

Also here is the link to my buddies page Matimus gaming;

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=matsimus+gaming

 

Stay safe out there and thanks for watching

Nick

 

 

 

White Birch and Horses Hoof fungus

White Birch,

One of my favorite bushcrafting trees, not only is the wood a great building material but so is the bark of the tree. The tree can be tapped and the sap drank, used to wash your hair or evaporated to make sugary treats.

The young catkins at the ends of the branches are edible and the leaves can be mushed up with water to make a soap due to the sapins contained within

The bark is known as natures gasoline due to its flammability even when damp due to the resins impregnating it. Bark can also be used as a primitive form of paper or be folded into various containers to carry anything from berries to water when sealed with pine pitch glue. Indigenous people made canoes from this tree as well.

Once dried the bark can be ground up and turned into a flour.

Horses Hoof Fungus, in its later stage can be known as false tinder fungus

This can be used to transport an ember from one fire to light another fire. It wont flame up by itself but will smolder for long periods, until a tinder source is exposed to it and blown into flame. Younger black fungus makes a good healthy tea.

I hope this was informal to you

Thanks for watching and reading as always if there are any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Nick

Layering your clothing

Here is the very basic way I like to layer up for the colder weather.

Things to remember when layering up for the colder weather:

  • Cotton and other slow drying absorbent materials are your enemy in colder weather.
  • Wool is king because it not only holds 80% of its thermal properties even when wet but is also mildly flame retardant to.
  • Wear more layers of thinner clothing, rather than fewer layers of thicker clothing.
  • Don’t forget a hat and gloves

I hope this is helpful if you have any questions, as always don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for watching.

Nick