One of the members on here- young Spud- found this place a year or so ago and since then, it's been quite the Leicestershire meeters favourite haunt. Not a path to a meet in the midlands occours that...16-06-2013 10:04
I think I've perfected the bacon buttie dutchie filler loaf recipe for 4.25l fleabay dutchies ;) Sponge stage- Into a mixing bowl in this order- 500ml Bread flour 250ml Milk or water (with...14-06-2013 20:59
I LOVE 'em, all the sizes and shapes, the good ones, bad ones and everything in between... so when Mesquite and ShaggyStu let me be the next custodian of Steves families machine, I was in 7th heaven...12-06-2013 00:36
I've had a bee in my bonnet for years about bread- I love making it but hadn't done much beyone pizza bases and naan for years- but when I saw instructions for cooking it in a dutchie recently, I had...07-06-2013 17:00
I found this great blogpost about external frame backpacks http://74fdc.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/external-frame-backpacks-applying-the-old-ways-to-the-new-journeys/ Really interesting stuff.07-06-2013 12:20
|If you’ve seen the movie Castaway, you may remember that Tom Hanks attempted to make fire by two methods. The first involved rotating a slim spindle of wood onto (and into) a wider, flatter piece of wood. As friction increases at the contact point between the two sticks, the woods disintegrate into a fine powder that will spontaneously combust when the combination of downward pressure and speed (applied wholly by your own two hands!) raises the temperature of your efforts to approximately 800-degrees F. The resulting fire-egg (a.k.a. coal, ember) would subsequently hatch into flames when applied to a tinder nest of cattail seed head fluff, moss, slivers of wood and shredded bark. Humans and their kin have been using fire for at least 1.5 million years, but for only one one-hundredth of that period of time have we been able to actually create fire, on demand, by rubbing sticks together or banging stones for their sparks.
|It’s not my intent to fully teach specific stone age skills in this article. I do wish to share the benefits of a more primitive and harmonious lifestyle, one that is allowed to be shaped by the rhythms, patterns and cycles inherent around us. One way of accomplishing this is through the adoption and practice of innate (but mostly forgotten) pre-historic crafts: creating fire, foraging for wild edibles, and creating simple and effective stone, bone and wood tools. These skills can be an important asset to those of us who spend a lot of time in the field, no matter what missions were on.
|The next time you find yourself on the shore of a creek, river or ocean, pick up a smooth, oval-shaped cobblestone. Place this rock (end-wise) upon a larger, stable stone. Take a third rock—your hammerstone—and strike your cobble forcefully on its upper end. A thin flake should detach from the parent rock—you’ve just created a discoidal stone blade, one of humanity’s most ancient cutting tools (2.6 million year-old stone flakes have been found in Ethiopia). Your new stone knife will cut grasses, roots, inner barks and leaves for cordage-making, and meat quite effectively.