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Armchair Bushcraft

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Wayland, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    If I'm packing it my cookware still comes down to my little old hobo stove unless I know I'll be able to use a proper fire, such as on a beach, in which case I might take a frying pan.
     
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    Let's see how things go for me in the next while.
    Need surgery, hope they don't chew up too much of my left hind leg tomorrow.

    Splicing really smartens up a boat or a camp. If you can tie shoe laces, you're over qualified.
    I got rusty and bought Dawson(?) a superlative British text to use as a refresher.
     
  3. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Fair enough but it might give you something else to think about and would be really useful on here.

    If you don't feel up to it in a while, give me a nudge and I'll try and do something.
     
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  4. Wayland

    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    Des Pawson? I've been looking at his "Kmot Craft and Rope Mats book wondering if it would have anything useful in it.

    I particularly like the work of Hervey Garrett Smith, The Arts of the Sailor and The Marlinspike Sailor are superb books. on the subject.
     
  5. Keith_Beef

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    I admit that I was staying away from this thread, thinking that it was going to be a rant about people who type more than they carve and who surf more than they walk.

    I don't get out as much as I would like, SWMBO is not at all into camping. She likes a walk through the countryside or along the cliffs, but is a bit too partial to her comfort... but she doesn't begrudge me time spent doing my own stuff, and this year I did a three day, 125km horse ride to the Equirando gathering... six days away, with three nights under canvas. This was my first camping trip in years, and I realise that I took far more clothing than I needed. I think I've been bitten again by the camping bug and need to spend a few more nights out. I can see the appeal of steampunk glamping, but without a suitable vehicle (Fred Dibner's traction engine and trailer spring to mind), I just couldn't do it.

    Right now, I'm away in the country with practically the whole family: wife, our two kids, my mother and my late brother's two kids who are eight and five. In a couple of days, there will be one of the wife's cousins turning up with her husband and their two youngest kids who must be around 14 and 10... the house will be cramped, so I'll set up two 4-man tents in the garden, and give the two smallest their first night under canvas. Another day, I'll take them for a wander up the lane and up through the woods. I'll take some fishing hooks and line with me; I'll cut some hazel poles and we'll see if we can catch some tiddlers. We'll gather a few apples on the way, and take a leisurely time of it, and maybe next year spend a night up at the neighbour's farm, camping, like I did with my son when he was about six or seven.

    In the meantime, I'm going to get a piece of 3/8" square mild steel bar, build up my charcoal forge, and see what I can bang out.
     
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    Wayland Hárbarðr

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    That's the perfect way to introduce kids to the outdoors Keith.

    Sorry about the "clickbait" title but it does seem to have served the purpose.

    The horse trek sounds great as well.
     
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    I do a lot of foraging this time of year. I make cordials jams chutneys and all sorts of other tasty morsels. My dryer works overtime with fruit leather and dried berries and herbs. Although I'm indoors, to me it's still bushcraft as without those bushes to gather from I'd be doing something else. I try to do something bushcrafty most days. Easy enough in the summer but more difficult for me when cold and wet.
    I don't think you have to be in the woods to do bushcraft (tho it is my preferred option)
    To me it's more a way of life which encompasses many different skills and fosters a mindset of being able to cope and adapt and improvise in any situation. It fosters an awareness that most people nowadays just don't have.. noses buried in their phones as they walk around, or earphones in and "plugged out" of the world around them.
    Armchair bushcraft to me is being sat in a comfy recliner with a book about nature (present read .... walks in the wild , a guide through the forest by Peter wohlleben ) as yet untouched but begging a cosy night in by the woodburner. It will have to wait a bit though as I'm too busy .
    I tried to stay awake last night to watch the perseid meteor show... but I fell asleep and missed it. Serve me right for trying to watch from my bed instead of the garden... but I was tired and it was raining..... :)
    I wonder if sitting in my armchair while knitting some alpaca wool socks or fingerless mitts for use with my kit qualifies as armchair bushcraft?
     
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    The three days of riding to the meet-up was with nights in B&B accommodation, with a support vehicle carting our gear and what we needed for the horses, and the support vehicle driver set up picnic table and benches for us... quite glampish, overall, though we riders had to water and feed the horses morning, noon and night.

    Some of it was physically demanding (a horse wants around 40L of water per day... lugged in jerry cans a couple of hundred metres from the standpipe). And some was a little bit "gnarly and technical" as my mountain bike friends would say... when the hiking trail passes through a village and includes a 150 metres along a 2 metre wide jennel between houses, with a barrier at the bottom end to stop kids riding dirt bikes through it.
     
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    I've always fancied doing something like that but I'd want to do it in historical kit of some type I think.
     
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    I think for me the craft side of it certainly takes a larger percentage of the time I dedicate to this and in fact most of my pastimes.

    I found my way to this site looking to find how to do something crafty and although I forget what it was now, I do remember it was a post of Mary's ( Toddy ) that I found that told me how.

    I rarely use the term "Bushcraft" myself, only when needing to distil it down for public consumption really, but I've described it a few times as a mindset that sees solutions in the outdoors rather than problems.

    I don't think that mindset needs to be limited to the outdoors does it?
     
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    I'm mid 50's and carry an extra bit of timber, but loved getting out this sumer, tarp tent, down bag and home made stove. Does take me longer to get up off the ground and if I thought it was to rain I'd stay home and season my cast iron frying pan. I don't wear the 'bushcraft uniform' as much but still draw on skills gains here and at meets. I'll always remember Wayland tell us gourse flowers taste yellow. Happy camping folks however we do it
     
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    [/QUOTE]How have you adapted to the march of time?[/QUOTE]




    I've only just seen this thread. It's certainly got me thinking. I've always been an outdoor kinda guy. As a child I grew up on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. I had the coast to my front and the Broads to my back (give or take a few kilometers...). I spent a lot of my time mooching about. Happy in my own skin. The love of nature grew in me from an early age and was nurtured by my grandfather. He taught me how to live in the woods, on the beach, fish and shoot. Best of all he taught me to be confident in nature and to respect it. I had a great childhood.

    As I grew up, I spent longer outdoors. But my equipment was always rather umm, basic? I started off with an old sleeping bag, your cheap halfords type and a German army rubberised poncho which my uncle used to use to cover his old motorbike with, but gifted to me one summer. That was my entire shelter kit. No slept mat, no bivvy bag.... my cook set was an army issue mess tin, the smaller one and my water bottle was a cheapo repro US Army one from a camp shop in town. I had a knife even at a young age. I started off with a Jack knife from my grandad. Clothing was whatever I walked out the door in. No fancy primaloft, no goretex. If it rained I used the poncho. If I was cold I lit a fire. I carried it all in a really cheap old green 'army style' rucksack. For food I always carried tomato soup in a can, chocolate and biscuits. I smile now even remembering..... . My mum and dad never had a problem allowing me out during school holidays. It became a routine to find a telephone box in a village and reverse the charges and let mum know I was ok.

    So, how have I adapted over time? I suppose my kit remains the same in relation to items, but the quality of the kit has changed. Sleeping bag has become a favoured Ajunglak 3 season, my tarps have changed over the years, but a DD 3x3 is the go to now. Small army mess tin has become a zebra 12cm.... and so it goes on. Yes, I three different types of sleeping bags now, two different cook pots, two types of bivvy bag..... but im still a ground dweller, I still go mooching about when I can. I love impromptu over nights and I'm a fan of the 'micro-adventure' for sure. A family and work won't allow for regular trips away. But I still get out every month for at least one night, every few months I'll be out for a long weekend. I'm still that kid at heart I suppose, mooching about.

    Oh and I brought a campervan a few years ago. That really has opened up the world for us! We are regularly away in it. The kids love it. My kids are outdoor kids. I gently encourage it, without making my hobby their hobby. But they climb trees, go rock pooling, have dirty finger nails, know how to light fires, go fishing......



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    Everytime I see one of your posts Weyland I know it will be interesting, thought provoking and informative.
    As you say overtime we as individuals develope and change and obviously age does tell.
    I also have masses of gear to suite the varied and diverse way I and probably most have changed, amended, extended or sometimes ceased in my use of the great outdoors.
    Over the years I have found not only my own health but that of those close to me the prime mover. Not all issues are cronic or long term. A broken hand may not disable you for life however a plaster caste would temporarily refrain most sensible people from kayaking. I did think it was a bit more durable when I started.
    Of late my outdoor activities have severly restricted and I can think of nothing worse than repeating tales of distant memories which could only be made interesting by slumber. Prefferably the teller.

    So if I may I will continue to read, enjoy and quietly learn from you lovely people.
     
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    I have just enjoyed a weekend out with a group of old friends that enjoy "Old School" camping and bushcraft and we were discussing the process of making memories.

    We told some old stories again and trotted out a few new ones but we left with some new memories just as good as some of the old ones.

    Things change but it's still worth getting out there as best you can.
     
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    At 62 I now have a foot firmly in both Gary's Steamtent Co-operative camp and my own basic bushcraft camping. I love the retro look and outright comfort of the canvas patrol tent and all of the fixtures and fittings that go with it, but I also still enjoy hanging or ground dwelling under my DD tarp. Either way gets me out doors and enjoying myself.
    Some pics of my different setups.
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    I love this shot of the Utilitent with your set up in the background Colin. It's one of the shots that sums it all up for me, along with the picture of you at our first meet.

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    Here's to many more.
     
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    Afraid so!! Still packing a 100l rucksack, but now a 4x4 tarp, arctic issue sleeping bag, dd underblanket and the dd frontline hammock. All very bulky but still, the pace is getting slower and the walks in and out shorter. The dream however lingers on, or at least, DID until last Sunday my beloved informed me that we should now go an buy a campervan. Been checking fleabay, local dealers etc all week. Mind you, I'm hell bent to go on that winter overnighter whatever the physical cost will be!! A dream? Yes, perhaps! But it's worth having!!!
     
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    Reading your post brought back the reason for going with a gopro :joyful:
     
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    Hi Gary! And all the others!
    It's been a while. How've you been?

    I too would have thought a title/thread like that would create more fuss, but it looks as if the forum's pretty dead-ish.
    My outdoor activity has come down to occasional daywalks in the woods with a daypack and nothing more. I just don't feel the need for anything fancy or big. Just wish I could do that with like minded folks, but I pretty much have given up on that too. Without facebook people pretty much forget about one's existence here.
    And I don't care for all these semi-mandatory bushcraft-skills like carving, cordage making and the like. Plus I no longer can do a host of others. Since early this year I can no longer properly use my shoulders, elbows or right hand. At times I could not even hold and use a knife properly, let alone split wood.
    As such even my "homestead" took a severe beating; no planting, no harvesting, no conservation, no wood splitting, nothing.
     

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