Toddy said:Someone recently quoted (Mors Kochansky, I think) that our present level
of bushcraft knowledge and expertise is equivalent to that of a retarded child of our hunter/ gatherer past. Kind of humbling
I think we could bring that a lot further forward than hunter/gatherer, my grandfather made his own engineering tools, he also made his own fishing rod and reel, (not just some branch with a bit of line tied to it,) a proper three piece split cane rod with brass ferrules and a cork handle) in his letters to me he attempted to pass on the knowledge and understanding of what it took to wild camp, (something I did and enjoyed as a school aged child). Half the time I bemone the loss of those times and and more so the letters I feel if I knew half of what he knew about camping and the like, I would know three times as much as I knew now.
His bushcraft skills were just a measure of what he had to do for himself, to fish, hunt, cooking, generally to enjoy his childhood. Flint and steel, making a frame rucksack, camping under a tarp or canvas sheet, cooking wild food.
His generation (he was born in 1900) were all able to live off what they could catch, and that was not so long ago.
Back in 1916 he left Stafford and walked to London to sign up for the Royal flying corp, wild camping all the way. Who of us could do that now without a few weeks of planning