Watch out for and DO NOT TOUCH!

Here is an example of some spring giant hog weed that’s growing in the ditches of a country road if you see it DO NOT TOUCH!

It contains a photo toxic sap that reacts with the uv rays of the sun and can cause phytophotodematitis.

After contact you will get an itchy rash in the area, then in just under 48 hours it will blister eventually leaving scars. The stem a green redish purple colour with hairs going up it. If the sap gets into your eyes it can cause blindness.

A young shoot note the hairy stem

This is a dead one I am 6ft 3 but they can grow up to 17ft tall and the white umbrella plant head can grow up to 31 inches wide.

Thanks for reading hopefully this will help you be vigilant for this plant for both yours and your pets sake.

Please share, subscribe and like if you have any questions, dont hesitate to ask and check out the Raw skills bushcraft youtube channel for video how to’s.

Nick

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Where and how can I find safe drinking water in the wilderness?

We can last 3 days with out water so how and where can I find a clean and safe source of drinking water. lets go through a few sources and methods to obtain clean and safe drinking water.

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Thanks again

Nick

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My Top 10 bushcraft books and 4 helpful plant identification apps that I use.

These are the main books I have used over the years to help me learn skills and techniques. There are many ways to skin cat so I like to see how different people do things then work out my own. When learning wild edibles find instructors and cross reference with different books and apps. Only eat something if you are 100% sure about what it is.

I hope this is helpful to you, if anyone has anything to add or any questions please don’t hesitate to write them in the comments.

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Nick

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
https://www.amazon.ca/LifeStraw-Personal-Camping-Emergency-Preparedness/dp/B006QF3TW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520459586&sr=8-1&keywords=lifestraw

steripen
https://www.amazon.ca/SteriPEN-Quantum-UV-Water-Purifier/dp/B06Y679TQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1520459772&sr=1-1&keywords=steripen

Browns bag

http://www.brownsbushcraft.com/the-brown-filter-bag.php

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Nick

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.

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