Sunday, March 22, 2015

March Challenge #22 Bushcraft

Today's challenge is to learn and practice some bushcraft skills.  Bushcraft, also known as old-timey wilderness skills, covers a wide range of old-time skills that are part necessity (for survival) and part fun (many can be the basis of a hobby).

While many of these skills have been rendered unnecessary by modern technology, knowing how to do these things can still be useful in a disaster, if you end up lost in the wilderness, or if the kids are bored and you want to give them something to do.  Here are a bunch of bushcraft skills to consider learning:

  • Make and use a bow and arrow
  • Forge your own knife
  • Build traps for small animals
  • Skin said animal and preserve the skin
  • Leatherworking
  • Build a solar oven and cook something in it
  • Make your own musical instruments
  • Learn how to throw a knife
  • Forage for wild edibles
  • Make fire without a lighter or matches
  • Catch fish and cook them over a fire (using only what you can find in nature)
  • Spin wool into yarn
  • Knit a sweater
  • Whittle a toy
  • Build your own snowshoes
  • Carve your own canoe
  • Learn orienteering
  • Learn animal tracking skills
  • Learn how to tie a variety of knots
  • Navigate by the stars
  • Build a natural shelter
  • Learn how to predict the weather

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