Dry Grass - Found almost everywhere. Easy to gather and takes minimal effort to process. It's a flash tinder, so collect enough to ensure you can produce a large, hot flame. Damp material can be used but obviously the drier the better. If need be, you can dry the grass out by keeping it in … Continue reading Natural Tinder Sources # 2 – Dry Grass
Birch bark – Easy to identify, gather and process. Grows readily in the area and can burn even when damp due to natural oils infused in the bark. There are many different types of birch including, River birch, Yellow birch as well as Sweet birch but White birch trees are my favorite. They are arguably … Continue reading Natural Tinder Sources #1 – Birch Bark
Image of The Rosebrook Farm courtesy of WhiteMountainHistory.org and Dartmouth College Library. Ethan Allen Crawford, known as the “Mountain Giant”, is the stuff legends are made of. He is one of my favorite woodsman for many reasons. As a young boy, he and the rest of his family, were among the first homesteaders in Crawford … Continue reading Woods of the Past #3 – Ethan Allen Crawford
This past weekend we hosted the RISD : Digital + Media graduate students. It was an honor to share a camp with so many talented artists. We had a blast teaching them about survival and spending an overnight together in the New England Woods. They all did a fantastic job. On top of that they did … Continue reading RISD Digital + Media Survival Training
Happy Labor Day! With Hermine at the doorstep I hope my fellow Southern New Englanders are hunkered down inside with their families today. Some of you might have seen the post on our FaceBook page where I recently purchased a copy of Tim Smith's The Woods Cook, Outdoor Cooking With A Professional Guide. I bought it mainly because … Continue reading Book Review: “The Woods Cook”
Last month we held our Fall Basic Survival Course in Cumberland, RI. We had a great group of people laughing, learning and practicing survival skills together. All the students passed the course and I believe they got a lot out of it. So far we have a traditional camp cooking workshop and winter survival course … Continue reading Fall Basic Survival 2015
Almost a decade ago we started our endeavor into Survival training, Bushcraft and the desire to teach folks Woodsman skills. We had spent years in the out of doors to this point, be it hunting, fishing, camping and trapping to a small degree. The Survival community at this time, though not entirely new, was relatively small. This is when we started our research, the practicing of skills and even attended some courses from some of the top schools of the time. Throughout our journey in making ourselves more comfortable afield, it was amazing to see how fast the community began to grow.
As we continued to grow ourselves, we started our youtube channel and began to share things we either already knew, had recently learned, and even the things that we were trying out for the first times. This was a pleasurable time and lots of folks started doing the same. It was cool to see…
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So I believe even just the title of this blog can and may cause some controversy, as it’s one of the most talked about topics in the Bushcraft, Survival and Woods Living communities. But that is not my intent here. I would just like to share a bit more on what I have come to believe (personal opinion, for what its worth) on the topic.
I can remember several years ago, in and around 2007 or so, where I was about two years deep into my research on the topic of survival. As most of you know, it all started for me by watching Les Stroud (Survivorman) on television. I have always been into the woods via hunting, fishing and the likes, but Les peaked my interest in survival. And so it began…
My quest for knowledge started, and I had all I could do to get away from the computer…
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“Are you familiar with the area?” the older gentleman asked. “Yes I am” I replied, “How can I help you?” “Do you know how I can get to the confluence of Nancy Brook and the Saco River?” I thought for a moment of poor Nancy Barton, a classic New England tale of love, betrayal and … Continue reading Crawford Notch, White Mountains, New Hampshire
We hope you are having a great week. We are having a productive one here in the office and are happy to announce our first basic survival course will be July 18-19 in Cumberland, Rhode Island. We'll camp out, learn and practice basic survival skills, and eat some good food around the fire. We hope … Continue reading July 18-19 2015 – Basic Survival Course