I have been meaning to post a few pictures of recent bimbles lately but you know how it is
I love this part of the forum as its nice to know that there are other nutters out there spending all their free time in the woods.
I love to browse through the pictures in "out and about" and dream of the woods - lovely escape when having to stare at this PC screen for hours a day
Anyways time i posted some, sorry about poor pic quality....
This was a few trips out ago when we decided to try making beef jerky.The beef jerky turned out to be very nice. We salted the thin sliced beef and then added a chili mix. We started the drying/light smoking at about 10:00am and it was nice and dry when we collected it about 10m that night. We made the small smoking tipi from hazel and ash saplings. The rack its self was from green-debarked hazel using spruce root as cordage. We covered the frame in the hazle leaves but later we had to used a tarp as collecting more folliage other than that removed from the poles was a little wastefull. We used some cherry and some oak for the smoking fire underneath. its surprising how hard it is to make a flame free smokey fire last !
Up and smoking
Bow shot lol
A more recent trip was to knock up a very quick winter shelter to house us during the winter Its nice to have a warm shelter there already built when you only have a few days to get on with other projects !
We made our standard winter bender from Hazle, ash and sycamore saplings/coppice. Over this we have thrown a few tarps, some old and some new. We are lucky anough to have a an old gas-bottle conversion as a log burner
In an afternoon we managed to build the bender and get everything sorted.. and ! manage to keep an eye on the dogs
Mark out a rough circle with a wooden peg and some para cord. Then use a harder wood peg to hammer into the floor where the vertical poles are to go. This helps to sink the poles into the floor later. Use poles atleast 7 feet long.
Push in the poles at about every 2 feet around the circle, then tie at the top with cord. Add lateral brages to support mani structure. This used to be done with hazel or willow but we only need a few if using a tarp. Much better if you can use more poles and more lateral braces but its a lot of living material.
Inside shot with beds
Ouside in the morning.
Brew on !
Tired dogs Kira at bottom of pic and Bob at the top.
Trip back home in the morning
I will post some more once if have sorted them out and cheers for all your stories/photos in return