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How to Weave a Willow Basket

A step by step project written for beginners

Making and Using the Bow Drill

Full tutorial, Includes useful list of suitable wood types plus some of my tricks to make life easier.

Making a Whistle From Elder

An easy and fun thing to make - all you need is a pocket knife...


Carving a Classic Kuksa Cup

Step by step guide to carving a traditional Kuksa cup.

Carving a Dish

Carved from half of a log in a similar way to the Kuksa cup. A useful culinary object for the Bushcraft camp.

Making  a Crook Knife Case

A simple design for a sheath made from an off-cut of wood


How to Make a Birch Bark Container

The ever useful Birch Bark - ideal for making excellent containers for a multitude of uses -  A step by step guide. 

Weaving Simple Birch Bark Baskets

Basic weaving technique good for beginners and you can also use dead bark.

A Birch Bark Tray

Simple, Practical and easy to make.



My 1st Skin On Frame Canoe Project

A photo guide showing how I built my first canoe using materials from the woods and a simple canvas covering.

My 2nd Canadian Skin On Frame Canoe

Article taking you through every stage of how I made this canvas covered canoe. parts simply made from Willow and other spare wood.

My 3rd Canadian SOF Canoe -2 man

A 'build-along' article with notes - shows each stage of construction.



Processing Lime Bark Fibres For Cordage

How to strip and process the bark resulting in the finest cordage material of the woods. A truly excellent fibre.

Cordage Making

Three techniques for cordage making explained plus list of suitable materials


Preparing Nettle for Cordage

Step by step guide... How to separate the very strong cordage fibres from Nettle stems before twisting them into cord.


Processing Willow Bark for Cordage

Surely one of the best cordage materials; Willow bark is both abundant and relatively easy to process.

How to Carve a Bullroarer

A fun craft and great to project to start learning knife skills for carving wood.

Making a Large Fishing Hook

make a hook using only what nature provides... A thorn, strong natural fibres and a piece of wood


Birch Tar Collection Tutorial

How to extract the precious tar from Birch bark and then make it into a useful Bushcraft glue.

Coil Basket tutorial

This is an old article now but is still good for introducing you to the basics of coil basketry.


Crafting a Fish/ Eel Trap

Step by step guide to making and using your very own fish trap -  primitive materials and methods...


How to Make a Large Mortar and Pestle

A very useful piece of equipment for grinding down all kinds of seeds, nuts and roots. I Use hot coals to burn out the mortar cup.

Making a Berry Picker

Two designs for a home-made berry picker. Ideal for picking Bilberries and Cowberries.

Beech Bark Container

An unusual type of bark to work with... But it can be used as you'll see...


Nettle Soup Recipe

A simple, quick and enjoyable soup packed with goodness!


Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Its so simple to make and tastes so good... A must try. Elderflowers start coming into bloom late May.

Carving a Comb

Step by step guide - From a chip off a firewood log to a finished working comb



Ammo Can Stove

Step by step article showing how to make this neat stove from an ammo box which can be used to heat certain tents.

Making Traditional Wooden Skis

Article showing each stage of making a pair of skis.


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A Bushcraft Guide to Spoon Carving

One of the most popular Bushcraft activities. Learn how to take a branch and transform it into beautiful spoons.

(Approx $5.02USD*)

Willow Basketry
A How-To Guide
-eBook/ paperback-
The series of step by step projects in this book will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques as used in many every-day baskets.


(Approx $9.33USD*)

Net Making
a Step by Step Guide

Learn the incredibly useful skill of net making. With this knowledge you'll be able use the techniques to make gill nets, landing nets, keep nets, fish traps, net bags, hammocks and much more!

(Approx $5.02USD*)


Willow Craft
10 Simple Projects
-eBook/ paperback-
This book will show you how to make some of the most popular and inspiring willow craft projects other than baskets.


(Approx $9.33USD*)

Making a Shave Horse
The Traditional Way

The Shave Horse is extremely useful for the creation
of an endless range of miscellaneous objects and parts, such as tool handles, furniture parts, utensils,
bows, paddles, barrel staves etc...

(Approx $5.02USD*)

Willow Craft
10 Bird Feeder Projects
-eBook/ paperback-
Through detailed stage by stage instructions, this book will show you how to make 10 different bird feeders from willow using classic basketry techniques.



(Approx $9.33USD*)

Making Fire Using
The Hand Drill Method

Having trouble mastering the technique? Or want to learn this amazing skill from scratch? Then this in-depth guide if for you.

(Approx $5.02USD*)

Beginners Guide to
Wood Carving

Learn how to get started with the art of wood carving. EBook includes sections on: Tool selection and brands; carving techniques; wood types; sharpening tools; and a full step by step tutorial showing how to carve a leaf in relief... a perfect beginners project!

(Approx $5.02USD*)




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