Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills & Wilderness Survival

  • ISBN13: 9781551051222
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  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

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With clear instructions, extensive use of diagrams and a color photo supplement, this comprehensive reference includes all the practical skills and knowledge essential to survive and enjoy the wilderness…. More >>

Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills & Wilderness Survival

5 Comments on "Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills & Wilderness Survival"

  1. The author of this book seems to think that the solution to every possible problem is to chop down a tree. Trees are used as fuel or as a construction material that is shaped to purpose by axe. His methods are so labor-intensive that the uninitiated would perish before accomplishing anything. And if you can’t get what you need by chopping down a tree, you can go out and wrestle the skin off a live elk!

    The book is worthless in a survival situation. Those who rely on this book to save them in a true survival situation would be at serious risk of perishing. But there are some good ideas if you are going to build a semi-permanent encampment in a heavily forested area, live there a while, and have plenty of food and shelter to keep you going. Building things by axe craft is very tough physical work! Digging up a spruce root for fiber projects is probably even worse! Axe craft is intermediate between stone chipping and urban disaster preparation, and could be sustainable technology if one knew how to smelt iron to make axe heads and knife blades from earth materials.

    Alas, none of this (except the cordage craft) is applicable in our California dry lands and deserts. Nothing here on obtaining food from native plants, trapping small animals, etc.

    Unless you live in wet thick woods and you are good with an axe, this book is not very useful.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. It’s a terrific book.

    Worthy of being in every outdoor book library.

    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. As a general rule I believe there is usually “something” that can be taken from most books and videos on this subject. It may only be a better demonstration or a twist on an old technique. I bought this book because it is supposed to be “a classic”. I am somewhat disappointed. The title mentions “Wilderness Survival” but it IS NOT a survival book. Although it does contain some very usefull info, about 1/3 of it is too specific to the authors home in Canada to be of much use to everyone else. The author references many plants and trees specific to HIS area. Most of the pictures are crude line drawings. This is more of a Bushcraft, live in the woods without anything more than a knife, kind of books; NOT A SURVIVAL reference. All-in-all, read the book once to pick up some ideas that may not be covered in other books but do not expect to use it as a reference.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. There is a lot of information in this book and it deserves to be taken on your camping trip for reference or just to play around with the styles of fire, cooking, etc.

    A couple of issues, though, that result in less than an enjoyable reading experience.

    The illustrations and the accompanying citations are difficult to read and, I think, belong in a Cub Scout Manual. Line drawings, poor font selection, and cluttered spaces do not belong in this otherwise very good book.(And, I think that that there are better books on wilderness survival; this is more a book on hints, safety, and skills every outdoor enthusiast should know if only to show off to the camping comrades.)

    Another issue that I also have is the metric system. I realize that the book was published in Canada. But for the US market, the editor should have converted the kilograms, centimeters, and Celsius figures. The mental conversions one must do and, with the poor line drawings noted above, breaks up the tempo of the read and leads to some frustration.

    So, for information on knife craft, fire building, shelter building, etc., buy the book and show off your skills. But be aware that you should have a conversion table handy.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. very usefull book if you are intersested in real bushcraft,

    you can learn a lot from this book
    Rating: 5 / 5

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