Bushcraft USA Basic Bush Class lessons

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Greg

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Jul 16, 2006
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Hello there,

This morning I completed my final outing with a 24hr over nighter in John Fenna's woods, and with it the final step of my Basic Bush Class Requirements.
Please find attached the links to each tasking that I have put forward.
Basic Bush Class Tasks

Feather Sticks & Shavings
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threa...eather-sticks-and-shavings.27134/post-5247014

5 Man Made Tinders
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-5-manmade-tinders.27277/post-5247122

Twig Fire
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-the-twig-fire.27624/post-5260621

Four Basic Knots
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threa...or-4-basic-bushcraft-knots.27659/post-5247034

Improvised Metal Cooking Implement
1)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...ed-metal-cooking-impliment.27936/post-5247173

2)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...ed-metal-cooking-impliment.27936/post-5256808

Knife Sharpening
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-sharpen-your-knife-student-practice.28183/post-5248438

2 Strand Twist with Man Made Materials
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-2-strand-twist-student-practice.29479/post-5248568

Braiding Man Made Materials
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threa...raiding-man-made-materials.31040/post-5248652

Tarp Shelter
1)
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-tarp-shelter-lesson.33191/post-5250581

2)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-tarp-shelter-lesson.33191/post-5260522

3)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-tarp-shelter-lesson.33191/post-5290156

Simple Snare
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-the-simple-snare.34494/post-5248878

Tree Identification & Uses
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-tree-identification.34598/post-5256162

Cooking Bannock
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-cooking-bannock.35074/post-5260690

Make a Pot Hook
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-the-pot-hook.35142/post-5247045

Outings
1)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5247062

2)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5257385

3)
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5260554

4)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5264628

5)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5274572

6)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5290727

Electives

Whipping Rope & Tools

For the Rope Task please see my 2 Strand Twist.
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...or-whipping-rope-and-tools.29502/post-5263110

Flint & Steel with Char Cloth
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...lint-steel-with-char-cloth.35244/post-5260637

Paracord Bracelet
1
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...-for-the-paracord-bracelet.35325/post-5263220

2
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...-for-the-paracord-bracelet.35325/post-5265713

Firesteel Lanyard
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/e-student-practice-for-firesteel-lanyard.46938/post-5259619

Improvise a Fishing Hook
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...e-improvise-a-fishing-hook.54031/post-5259189

Make a Fishing Kit
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/e-student-practice-for-make-a-fishing-kit.48313/post-5269726


This list completes my task entries for the Bushcraft USA Bush Class Basic.

Thanks
Greg
 
Hello there,

This morning I completed my final outing with a 24hr over nighter in John Fenna's woods, and with it the final step of my Basic Bush Class Requirements.
Please find attached the links to each tasking that I have put forward.
Basic Bush Class Tasks

Feather Sticks & Shavings
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threa...eather-sticks-and-shavings.27134/post-5247014

5 Man Made Tinders
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-5-manmade-tinders.27277/post-5247122

Twig Fire
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-the-twig-fire.27624/post-5260621

Four Basic Knots
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threa...or-4-basic-bushcraft-knots.27659/post-5247034

Improvised Metal Cooking Implement
1)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...ed-metal-cooking-impliment.27936/post-5247173

2)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...ed-metal-cooking-impliment.27936/post-5256808

Knife Sharpening
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-sharpen-your-knife-student-practice.28183/post-5248438

2 Strand Twist with Man Made Materials
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-2-strand-twist-student-practice.29479/post-5248568

Braiding Man Made Materials
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threa...raiding-man-made-materials.31040/post-5248652

Tarp Shelter
1)
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-tarp-shelter-lesson.33191/post-5250581

2)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-tarp-shelter-lesson.33191/post-5260522

3)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-tarp-shelter-lesson.33191/post-5290156

Simple Snare
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-the-simple-snare.34494/post-5248878

Tree Identification & Uses
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-tree-identification.34598/post-5256162

Cooking Bannock
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-cooking-bannock.35074/post-5260690

Make a Pot Hook
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-student-practice-for-the-pot-hook.35142/post-5247045

Outings
1)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5247062

2)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5257385

3)
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5260554

4)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5264628

5)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5274572

6)
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/post-5290727

Electives

Whipping Rope & Tools

For the Rope Task please see my 2 Strand Twist.
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...or-whipping-rope-and-tools.29502/post-5263110

Flint & Steel with Char Cloth
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...lint-steel-with-char-cloth.35244/post-5260637

Paracord Bracelet
1
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...-for-the-paracord-bracelet.35325/post-5263220

2
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...-for-the-paracord-bracelet.35325/post-5265713

Firesteel Lanyard
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/e-student-practice-for-firesteel-lanyard.46938/post-5259619

Improvise a Fishing Hook
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...e-improvise-a-fishing-hook.54031/post-5259189

Make a Fishing Kit
http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/e-student-practice-for-make-a-fishing-kit.48313/post-5269726


This list completes my task entries for the Bushcraft USA Bush Class Basic.

Thanks
Greg
Well firstly well done Greg. I know you chaps are not really into survival & that Bushcraft is totally different, but I really think that you would be far better off learning & practicing more sustainable primitive methods, especially concerning making fire. Woodsmen & woods women did not use charred cloth outside of the city home.
With respect & regards, Keith.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMSZJETfj3GnoyONuvCQ?view_as=subscriber
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com/
 
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John Fenna

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Future lessons cover bow drill, charred natural tinders etc as well as flint knives, natural cordage etc - this is just the BASIC course :)
For my improve fish hook I made a Mesolithic "gorges" from a blackthorn spike and a bone splinter. You can go as primitive or natural as you like...
 
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Greg

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Well firstly well done Greg. I know you chaps are not really into survival & that Bushcraft is totally different, but I really think that you would be far better off learning & practicing more sustainable primitive methods, especially concerning making fire. Woodsmen & woods women did not use charred cloth outside of the city home.
With respect & regards, Keith.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMSZJETfj3GnoyONuvCQ?view_as=subscriber
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com/
Why do you think I am not into Survival..?
 
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TinkyPete

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Well done, I have looked at the thread on BC USA a lot when it was first posted up. And thought it was a great idea. Been doing them for ages just need to get the camera out and record things I guess :) I tend to get lost in the practice and forget to pick up a camera or bring one along. :)

I have also been doing the Paul Kirtley courses and following those teachings and other instructors of the years. I got into Bushcraft from the survival side (military) and progressed my learning from there.
I have a face for radio :)
 
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Greg

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Well done, I have looked at the thread on BC USA a lot when it was first posted up. And thought it was a great idea. Been doing them for ages just need to get the camera out and record things I guess :) I tend to get lost in the practice and forget to pick up a camera or bring one along. :)

I have also been doing the Paul Kirtley courses and following those teachings and other instructors of the years. I got into Bushcraft from the survival side (military) and progressed my learning from there.
I have a face for radio :)
We're cut from the same cloth
 
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Minotaur

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I was going to post about something I saw on BushcraftUSA and that was the working though 101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods by Kevin Estela which I thought was a really interesting idea.
It is going to be one of my resolutions to do this and to work out a skill tree so can build on skills.
 
I was going to post about something I saw on BushcraftUSA and that was the working though 101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods by Kevin Estela which I thought was a really interesting idea.
It is going to be one of my resolutions to do this and to work out a skill tree so can build on skills.
Good idea, our group has such a skills list. Gives members something to aim for.
Keith.
 

eraaij

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Nice, did not know about this. Always good to run and expand your skills through such lists from time to time. Either primitive or less primitive ;)
 
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Erbswurst

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Traditional German boy scouts also have such lists. Who didn't learn the skills doesn't get the neckerchief.
 
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This is a list of skills our group members learn. Probably not what you are looking for, but I thought you might find it of some interest.
Regards, Keith.

Woodsrunner’s Skills.

New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760.

This is a list of basic skills in which we expect an 18th century woodsman or woods-woman to have some experience with in our group. There is no time limit set, learn in your own time & if we can help just ask.
Keith.


  • Flint & steel fire lighting
  • Wet weather fire lighting
  • Fire-bow fire lighting
  • Flintlock fire lighting
  • Flintlock use, service & repair
  • Marksmanship with either gun or bow.
  • Field dressing & butchering game
  • Blade sharpening
  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Making rawhide
  • Brain tanning
  • Primitive shelter construction
  • How to stay warm in winter with only one blanket
  • Cordage manufacture
  • Moccasin construction and repair
  • Sewing
  • Axe and tomahawk helve making
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Evasion
  • Tracking
  • Reading sign
  • Woods lore
  • Navigation
  • Primitive trap construction & trapping
  • Open fire cooking
  • Fireplace construction
  • Clothing manufacture
  • Drying meat & other foods
  • Knowledge of plant tinders & preparation
  • Knowledge of native foods & preparation
  • Knowledge of native plants in the area and their uses for other than tinder and food.
  • Scouting/Ranging.
  • Basic first aid.
  • Finding and treating water.
  • General leather work.
 
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This is a list of skills our group members learn. Probably not what you are looking for, but I thought you might find it of some interest.
Regards, Keith.

Woodsrunner’s Skills.

New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760.

This is a list of basic skills in which we expect an 18th century woodsman or woods-woman to have some experience with in our group. There is no time limit set, learn in your own time & if we can help just ask.
Keith.


  • Flint & steel fire lighting
  • Wet weather fire lighting
  • Fire-bow fire lighting
  • Flintlock fire lighting
  • Flintlock use, service & repair
  • Marksmanship with either gun or bow.
  • Field dressing & butchering game
  • Blade sharpening
  • Tomahawk throwing
  • Making rawhide
  • Brain tanning
  • Primitive shelter construction
  • How to stay warm in winter with only one blanket
  • Cordage manufacture
  • Moccasin construction and repair
  • Sewing
  • Axe and tomahawk helve making
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Evasion
  • Tracking
  • Reading sign
  • Woods lore
  • Navigation
  • Primitive trap construction & trapping
  • Open fire cooking
  • Fireplace construction
  • Clothing manufacture
  • Drying meat & other foods
  • Knowledge of plant tinders & preparation
  • Knowledge of native foods & preparation
  • Knowledge of native plants in the area and their uses for other than tinder and food.
  • Scouting/Ranging.
  • Basic first aid.
  • Finding and treating water.
  • General leather work.
Thank you I appreciate it.
 
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Minotaur

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Ok, apologies in advance for how this will sound. I think we need a tech tree like a computer game.
I was flicking through Advanced Bushcraft and he has a section on weaving including simple looms.
My point is that we have the basic skill of twisting natural cordage and then jumping to weaving seems to miss the steps in between. Like hand spinning and a simple rope walk.
Both of which should only need the ability to make holes and cut discs off logs unless I missing something. The thing I cannot work out is the top bit of the spindle which in the modern versions is a little metal hook.
 

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