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    Frost River Boulder Summit Junction

    Hi All, I recently picked up the above pack on the classifieds on this parish and decided to do a quick first impressions video review. I’ve always fancied a good canvas and leather pack and this design caught my eye, it’s a little different as the shoulder straps are connected by a ring in...
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    RAF 100th Anniversary Flypast

    Evening all, I have finally found a benefit to being crammed into an overheated tin can on rails twice a day to get into my most hated of places, central London. As most will know today was the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary and they celebrated the centenary with a flypast over Buckingham...
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    My first try at flint knapping

    Evening all, After rekindling (get it!) my love of flint and steel I decided to have a go at knapping some flakes for my tinderbox. Now I’m no Will Lord but there was something primal about bashing two rocks together and making something practical in the process. Here are a selection of small...
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    Minced beef jerky

    Hi all, Following up on my dehydrating beef mince post I recently found an article on making minced beef jerky which is something I have never tried before. Usually I will make biltong from a top or silverside joint but this seems like a much cheaper alternative. The texture is a little...
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    Anyone have access to any flint for knapping?

    Mods - wasn't sure where to put this so please move if there's a better place. Hi All, I have been swatting up on flint knapping recently an really want to give it a try. I haven't been able to locate anything in my area bigger than my thumb (though there are plenty of good hammer stones) and...
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    Thoughts wanted on the Cold Steel Frontier Bowie

    Hi All, I have a bit of a love affair with the traditional woodsmen/frontiersmen of yesteryear and have always really fancied a BIG Bowie. I know they’re not hugely practical in comparison to more modern tools or a good axe/knife combination but I recently got some birthday cash and I’m now...
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    A question on historical sharpening.

    Hi All, I’ve been thinking about trying a combination of minimalist/vaguely historical kit for my bushcraft just to try something different (a bit like the pioneer type challenges we have had in the past) which has led me to the subject of sharpening in the field. I’m looking at some “beater”...
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    A spot of dehydrating and a minced beef jerky recipe

    Afternoon all, hope everyone is having a great sunny bank holiday. In between making use of the gorgeous weather I have been filming a short series on dehydrating food for camp meals at the request of a subscriber. Minced/ground beef, onion, peppers and mushrooms all ready to be vacuum sealed...
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    Leave no trace???

    I stumbled across something when out for a wander this morning and am very much in two minds! To my mind this seems very much the work of local youths and at first glance I felt my usual anger at such things. It’s a fairly well travelled path and unlikely to be the place any local bush...
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    Just tried charcoal in my folding firebox

    Morning all, Just been out for a morning wander in the local woods and decided to try out charcoal in my firebox (though it should work with any similar type of stick burner - bushbox, honeystove etc...). I wanted to find a fuel that was easy to light and relatively smokeless for when I need...
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    Anyone help me with a tree ID

    Hi all, Sorry a tricky one here, I harvested a lot saplings that needed thinning out in some local woodland about a year ago! I have been using them for tool handles and more recently little whittling projects. My problem is I can’t recall the leaf types and I’m stumped (pun intended) as to...
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    A bit of progress with my figure carving

    Morning all, I posted early in the new year after spending some time with one of my Christmas pressies “carving the little guys” and shared my first attempts. Although I’m still nowhere near Gary Eldon of this parish, whose work is something to aspire to, I like to think in improving a little...
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    Give me your fiction book recommendations

    Hi All, I figured this was the best place to post this but mods please move if it should be somewhere else. I’m a pretty avid reader and am just about to finish the pretty epic wheel of time series (one book to go so no spoilers please [emoji846] ) I’m looking for something new to read on a...
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    Buffalo shirt/hood question

    Hi all, I have a 10’ish year old buffalo special 6 shirt that has been packed away for a while and recently rediscovered. It’s missing the hood which search as I might I just can’t find. I have found replacements online, buffalo DP hood, which I am looking to buy but am wondering about sizing...
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    A question for the pipe smokers amongst us!

    Hi all, I’m partial to the odd pipe and have a couple of tins of tobacco that, like an idiot, I didn’t store very well which have dried out. They are still smokeable just not as pleasant as fresher tobacco but I was wondering if anyone knows if I can improve them by adding some moisture...
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    Folding Firebox Stove - First Impressions

    Hi all, I recently treated myself to a Firebox Stove and got out with it for the first time today. So far I’m really pleased with it - it’s lightweight, easy to set up (especially with cold fingers). It’s got a nice big top opening so you can easily get your lit tinder in without it going...
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    Finding woodland and its owners?

    Hi all, I know the topic of gaining permission to use woodland for bushcraft has been covered many times but I have a few questions I can't find answers to. I usually go to my local public woodland to practice my bushcraft but over the last few years it has become a lot more heavily used and...
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    Waterproofing help needed

    Hi all, I got a lovely warm padded jacket for Christmas (pretty sure it’s synthetic and not down) and have been wearing it for the last few days. I know it’s not meant to be “waterproof” but I got caught in a heavy shower today and ended up getting a bit drippy. I’ve never tried to...
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    Sony camera video help

    Hi all, I just picked up a Sony HX80 in the sales to use as a more portable video camera for Facebook and YouTube clips and am really struggling with it. I have been using a Canon Handycam for the last few years and it’s standard point and shoot mode has been fine in almost all conditions but...
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    Seeing as is only 9 weeks until Christmas...

    I pulled together all the bit and pieces I have been carving for the past few months in an effort to be a bit more prepared for Christmas this year and thought I’d share what I’ve manage to make so far. Hopefully the recipients will show as much interest as the cat!!! Sent from my iPhone...