Fire by hand drill

Fire by hand drill

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The difference between Horse Chestnut and Sweet Chestnut- And which one is edible?


Over the years when teaching tree identification for bushcraft a few questions frequently pop up.

One common question is " Is sweet Chestnut the same as Horse Chestnut and are both edible"?

The simple answer is

Sweet chestnut is a relation of Oak and Beech trees and resides within the Fagaceae family. This is the edible one. The nuts come in a spiny husk and when roasted are quite delicious, a Christmas treat at many christmas markets.

Here are the descriptive images from my favorite tree identification book Collins Tree Guide by Owen Johnson and David More.

My well used copy

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Big blade Bushcraft Challenge

Hi all.

Here are a few pics from a recent adventure/challenge.

The idea was to provide water, shelter,fire and food with just the aid of a large knife.

I choose the Kabar Cutlass and Big Ken choose the Martindale Paratrooper.

Interestingly we obtained fire from Sitka Spruce roots including cordage using friction fire. Water was collected and boiled in a Spruce Bark container. And we ate Spruce inner bark amongst other foraged foods. Lastly we built our shelter from spruce boughs. Did you know Spruce could be so helpful?