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
What can I say? We had an awesome crew assembled this past weekend for our 2017 Summer Basic Survival Course. As usual everyone did a phenomenal job, passing each task presented. We had a full camp with three kids, seven adults, plus two instructors who all braved the pouring rain, hot summer sun and biting … Continue reading Summer Basic Survival 2017
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
The Summer Basic Survival Course has come and gone. We were fortunate again to have a great crew. The jokes, laughs and camaraderie flowed naturally. Everyone was a quick learner and passed each task presented, coaching each other along in the process. I hope to see everyone around the campfire again soon!
I don’t like carrying a lot of weight around, unevenly distributed across one shoulder. I’ve gone on more than one hike or scout before and come back feeling a little sore and crooked. A small backpack solves this problem but they don’t let my back breathe well and I end up with a wet, sweaty … Continue reading What To Carry?
Journal Notes: A fungus that is parasitic on birch and other trees, known for its medicinal properties. The sterile conk is irregular in shape and looks like burnt charcoal. This isn’t the fruiting part of the fungus but a mass of mycelium (vegetative matter). The fruiting body will usually appear after the tree is dead. It … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga
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
It was early last Saturday morning around 3am, I got in my car and began making my way towards South Attleboro, Massachusetts. The Friday nightlife had spilled over onto the streets of Providence and into the fast food places and 24hr gas stations. I maneuvered my vehicle through the intoxicated, carefree drivers, dodging potholes and … Continue reading The Woodsman School, LLC Basic Survival Course