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.

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Alone in the woods for a weekend with my dog Duncan, the gear and the hot tent

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keep an eye out for this weekends adventure video.



How to choose and pack your dogs back pack


The back pack featured in this video can be found here;

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some things to remember;

buy a hard wearing backpack that’s sized for your dog

never load your dog more than 10-12% of its body weight

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What knife should you take into the woods and knife handling skills

Knife grinds page

The knives In order of appearance;

click each one to find out more apart from my home made knives just message me if you have any questions the link on number 6 will take you to see it being forged.

 Muela Ruco survival knife

Schrade SCHF38 Frontier

NE knives number 6

NE knives number 2

Gerber myth

Buck 311

Swiss army climber

Honorable mentions in the video

Dave canterbury, material reduction knife build;

Felix Immler, Swiss army knife skills;

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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.

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What not to do to a birch tree

Apologies for the little rant, we love going into the woods, so we should do our best to look after them.

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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.

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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.

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Quick and easy leather tinder pouches


After having some leather left over from making my last knife sheathes I figured that I would make a couple of simple traditional pouches to collect tinder in.

Here’s how I did it….

First I picked the largest and most supple piece of leather I have left.

Then I use a dinner tray and a marker to draw my outline

Cut around your outline

Use a punch, a nail or a sharp piece of pipe to punch your draw string holes

With your holes punched pick your draw string which could be para cord or a leather strip. Thread Your chosen cord through.

Tie both ends of your cord together and try out your new pouch.

These could be used to store anything from tinder, flint and steel, fire kits or even sweets they re versatile and light.

Unlike my knife sheaths I don’t want to wax these, as I want to keep the leather supple, so to look after it and water proof it I m using a rub of mink oil.

This is a nice project for a quick and effective pouch.

Thanks for reading if you have any questions Dont hesitate to ask.

Have a good day and stay safe out there.