Fire by hand drill

Fire by hand drill

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Rubbish in the woods

I found this pile of rubbish in a hedge in my local woods. Its so annoying when people think anywhere that people don't go must be for them to dump crap.

However if you came across this in the incredibly unlikely event of a survival situation you would be laughing.

There was glass bottles for caRrying and boiling water. Plastic 2 l bottles for small fish traps, water and filters. A sheet of thick glass for blades. Stacks of bailing twine,maybe 50m. A broken and rusted saw blade, a large thick plastic sheet for shelter, with a few holes. Pieces of carpet for insulation and loads loads more.
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Saturday, 11 December 2010

Elder handrill factory!

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A rare type of earthstar fungus.

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Fun in the snow.

The top of cavehill in the snow.
A few snow holes and graves I have built in Scotland and in the Mourne mountains.

Monday, 29 November 2010

November winter meeting

I met up with a few lads in a lovely peice of woodland in Co Down.

The craic was good as usual.

A start on a net!

So I carved the netting needle and now to make a net.

I used instructions from the us airforce survival manual.

I used shop bought string to learn the technique and my own netting needle.

I tied a top line between two uprights and then attached a series of loops with prussik knots to it to create the first line of holes.

Then I loaded the needle, which I realised was to small and began weaving right to left using a ruler as a spacer. The know used is easy to learn and I soon built. Some speed. Then I worked form left to right with a knot that is a mirror image of the first knot.

I am not going to describe the knots because they are explained better on the web.

Sorry the pics are a bit crap.

Three rows done in ten minutes and I was getting faster.

Key is to use a spacer, I tried a few by eye and it dos nt work so well.

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Watching Badgers

I found myself standing in the woods last night with snow falling around me. Then a badger arrived! Love it.
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Thursday, 25 November 2010

My first attempt at a basket


I was out and about today and saw lots of flint. I didnt want to put it in my pocket because it was stinking so i thought why not have a go at making a basket. Took about 40 minutes with some pruning snips and a swiss army knife. No the best obviously but I am pleased and know that what I learned this time will mean I can make a better one next time. good fun actually.