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  1. John Fenna

    Great Spotted Woodpecker

    The Great Spooted Woodpecker is one of my favourite birds and as well as having them visit my garden they nest in the local woods where I have perm to practice my Bushcraft. I have been watching the 'peckers in those woods for well over a decade and most years I have been able to locate the nest...
  2. John Fenna

    My Covid-19 projects

    I thought I would keep a record of my Covid-19 projects as I complete them Project 1 - for work at Castell Henllys Iron Age fort... "homework" but Bushcrafty... "Make a net from natural fibres" Due to the lack of opportunity to gather any more natural materials (lockdown limits my access!) I...
  3. John Fenna

    Sold Hilltrek Assynt Jacket

    This fantastic Cotton Analogy Jacket - Ventile outer Nikwax Analogy Pump lining is only being sold as I dropped from XL to S/M and the jacket is a generous XL. - pit to pit 30" More details https://hilltrek.co.uk/clothing/jackets/assynt-jacket/ Barely worn the jacket is in excellent condition...
  4. John Fenna

    Sold Frost River Geologist pack

    I got this for my wife - but it is too big for her needs at something over 30L capacity. Used but in great condition - and I am only moving it on as I have far too many packs! More details https://www.frostriver.com/geologist-pack/ Normal RRP £195. I am asking £100.00 inc P&P
  5. John Fenna

    A new table for my Winter Moot set up

    Made to replace a tacky little folding camp table that I binned at the Summer Moot... The top rail will hold my wash kit, FAK and baskets while gear boxes will go under the table making the whole thing a packable (in the car!) Welsh Dresser :)
  6. John Fenna

    Candle making

    A few minutes playtime produced these - The wicks were made from threads from some old canvas, dipped in melted bee' wax and the two large candles were cast in old Mince Pie cases the lit free standing one hand moulded and the one on it's side, hand dipped. I think they burn well, give off a...
  7. John Fenna

    Just another day at work....

    I think I may enjoy my new job.... All the gear is my own - so it may do some duty in the woods too.... not the weapons though as they are blunts :)
  8. John Fenna

    Our first meet of 2020

    As the title says - this is the first time that Stewart, Roly and I have had a meet this year... so it was a bit special... I was in the woods from somewhere around 9.30am on the friday but before I had raised all the communal tarps and lit the fire Stewart was with me - having made an early...
  9. John Fenna

    Looking for flint

    I know that there is none at the Moot site.... Once again I am on the scrounge for flint and if there is anyone coming to the Winter Moot that lives in a flint rich area and could see their way clear to gathering up a bucketful or so for me I would be very grateful! :) I have a selection of...
  10. John Fenna

    Hoko knife

    Fed up with Xmas I decided to have a primitive play and made a couple of Hoko Knives.... Based on 2700 year old finds from the Hoko river in Washington State USA these knives are quick, disposable improvised cutting tools originally (it seems) used for cleaning fish... Start with nothing - end...
  11. John Fenna

    Leather haversack

    I fancied a new haversack - and I had been given two armchairs worth of upholstery leather by my nephew ...so the chair leather, some metalwork from charity shops, a zip from the "bits box", a strip of 3.5mm veg tan and a couple of Krabs later... The thing was a pig to machine sew so I...
  12. John Fenna

    Trip Report December Meet - Xmas Dinner

    Our little group - me, Roly, Stewart, Martin and Tink the dog- the remains of South Wales Bushcrafters, try to meet up ever month and to make the December Meet special it was decided to have a Christmas Dinner on the Saturday night.... The roast was Turkey/chicken/duck with bacon and it was...
  13. John Fenna

    My latest sewing projects

    I was intending to make some summer clothing (to fit my new body shape!) last spring - but time got away from me and I have only just made it. Two pairs of trousers and a SAS smock to my re-cut patterns (like my previous Ventile creations) in an almost windproof 100% cotton twill fabric. I am...
  14. John Fenna

    Starting a new job!

    Well - after many years as a Support Worker for people with learning disability I am starting a new job. I will now be working at Castell Henllys as taking School Groups around the site, helping inturpret the site and Iron Age life for them - and also staffing Events and running Bushcraft...
  15. John Fenna

    First steps in Birchbark

    Well - it ain't no canoe! Having been given some nice Finnish birchbark by Redkite (thanks Stewart!) I started playing.... My first Birchbark basket. It ain't as easy as it looks - what with splitting out and cracking of the bark - but despite some issues I got a reasonably functional item out...
  16. John Fenna

    Bone needles

    I try not to do much hand sewing - so I persueded a friend to sew me some Iron Age clothing... Unfortunately she snapped one of her bone needles in the process of sewing a fulled wool jerkin - so I took the opportunity to fashion a set of bone needles and a pin, some for her and some for me...
  17. John Fenna

    Knife ID help please

    I just acquired this knife and would like to know what I have - other than a thing of beauty! Blade - 5 3/4 inch, fullered deep scandi grind,3mmcarbon steel. No writing of any kind on the blade or ricasso. Handle - Brass bolster, stacked birch bark and birch pommel. Stick/ rat tail tang...
  18. John Fenna

    Packing ready...

    Am I the only one who is almost packed and ready to go to the Moot? I find packing sorts out what I need to buy/repair/replace and as I only have one day next week that I can get to the shops (next Thurs) I thought to see what I needed good and early :) I hope my car is going to be big enough to...
  19. John Fenna

    We have a swarm!

    I came home from doing my stuff at Castell Henllys , teaching flint and steel firelighting, to find access to my drive blocked by an unknown car... It turns out my wife had discovered a swam of Honey Bees had colonised one of our compost bins and had arranged for a local bee keeper to collect...
  20. John Fenna

    Tinder Mull

    I have been playing around with different tinders and have come up with a mix of powdered Chagga and powdered charcoal that works pretty well ... but wanted something a bit nicer than a plastic tub to carry it... Inspired by the old Scottish Snuff Mulls, and the fact I had a nic bit of horn from...