Book Review: “The Woods Cook”

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”

Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga

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

Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Many people think of pre-colonial New England as an “untouched” wilderness; however the various Native American people who lived here were excellent farmers and land managers. Primary sources tell us, when the first Europeans began to arrive, they found acres upon acres of land cleared for agricultural purposes and paths through the woods, which were routinely … Continue reading Woods of the Past #1 – Intro

Woodsman Ways – Our Approach and the Way Forward

The Woodsman School and Guide Service

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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A True Woods Knife

The Woodsman School and Guide Service

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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