Northern Bushcraft

Northern Bushcraft

Mors L. Kochanski

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0919433510

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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from a straight line connecting the toe and heel of the blade. A cutting edge greater than 15 centimetres is cumbersome to use. The eye of the axe is the weakest part. With a small eye, the part of the handle entering the eye may be too thin to have the required strength. With too short an eye, the handle comes loose as there is so little surface of handle in contact with the metal of the eye. A large eye is better providing the metal around it is thick enough not to closc. open or crack with

coals to better utilize a slower burning, perhaps green fuel, for staying power. If the fire is too hot. green fuel may be added or the air supply restricted (moderation). An open fire, being fuel regulated, is more complex to control than one in a stove but the stages remain the same. 12 FIRECRAFT IGNITION Matches The most common and convenient way to light a fire is, understandably, to use a match. The match flame should be instantly transferred to a combustible material while taking care to

the axe head is about 30 centimetres from impact, make both the axe head and the hand move forward together by throwing the hand forward in the direction of the swing. This changes the path of the axe head from that of an arc that could deflect towards you to a motion away from you. The axe should bite into the wood at a downward angle of about 30 to 45 degrees. Attempting to chop upward could cause the axe to hit you in the face. The downward angle is exactly the same for both the lower and

Knife Cuts The more you learn about using a knife, the less likely you are to cut yourself. Common knife cuts to the hands. Ill NORTHERN BUSHCKA FT Keep your hands and knife clean. A l w a y s have a first aid kit handy that contains some means for wound closure, nonsticking dressing and an antibiotic (opthalmic) ointment. The faster you close a wound or cover it and exclude the oxygen, the less pain and the quicker it should heal. There are two common knife cuts. The first is straight in

wildfire. Under such conditions a fire should be built on sand or gravel bars, or close enough to a water source to be able to throw water directly on the fire without having to take a step. This also makes it easy to keep the area around the fire soaked down. The organic layer of soil or duff may have to be clcared back for a metre around the fire. Try to find a duff-free area as this saves work and is less disturbing to the environment. If the duff is less than ten centimetres thick, the site

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