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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Best Bushcraft Books

Hi all,

I have been absent from the blog for a while but have been busy in the woods. Over the last few years myself and my good friend Paul have built up a bushcraft school which is going from strength to strength.

One of the most frequent questions asked on Bushcraft courses is "What Books on Bushcraft should I buy"?

For the past 30+ years I have been collecting and more importantly reading books on Bushcraft so I have decided to compile a list of my favorite books here. I have included a link to amazon for each recomendation. So here goes...



Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski. This is one of my all time favorites due to the unique content written by the very experienced author. If you don't have his book get it as it will someday be a classic(if not already) 5/5




Botany in a day By Thomas Elpel. Of all the books I own on Plants this is my favorite. The perfect mix of personal information and science makes for an entertaining and educational read. 5/5




Primitive Living, Self-Sufficiency, and Survival Skills: A Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills by Thomas Elpel. Another superb book told in the form of a story or journey. I have read this book many times and always find something new to enjoy.




Essential Bushcraft By Ray Mears. Beautiful illustrations by Ben McNutt too.  A great look at lots of different aspects of bushcraft.





Outdoor Survival Handbook by Ray Mears. Another great book divided by the seasons and more aimed at the temperate climate. I always refer to this one from time to time.








By John Boe (No relation) A great little book about enjoying bushcraft with Kids. I have two young daughters and we all enjoy reading this.




Handmade Baskets: From Nature's Colourful Materials (Search Press Classics) by Susie Vaughan. Great book on a very important and under rated skill. Making containers. I have used the advice contained in this book time and time again. Superb.






The last English Poachers. by Bob and Brian Tovey.

I am all for learning through story and this delivers in bucket loads. A great read and very entertaining indeed.



Norwegian Wood By Lars Mitting . This book is very entertaining in a strange way and educational. If your into bushcraft woodlore is a very important topic and this book has lots of good info on firewood. Highly recommended. I have read it twice.




One of the best herb medical guides I have ever read. Why? Because it is modern and written in a strong structured way. I have bought all of the books in this series and they are as relevent in the uk and Europe as they are in the USA. Afterall dandelions grow everywhere and so do the majority of other plants contained in this book.



Most Books on Friction fire are brief. Not this one Loads of clear photos and good instructions and as an added bonus I wrote it!! Available for Kindle.



How could i forget this classic! I got this book when i was about 8 and have re-read it many times. I was so excited when i saw it in an airport in London I wanted to explode. I have the Bushcraft Bug. I recommend the original manual .














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