What is Bushcraft?
Bushcraft is the other side of survival skills. It is the ability to manage oneself in and with nature, just like in a survival situation. It could be the day trips you take at the weekend with the kids when you light a small fire and sit and carve on a spoon or custard. It can also be month-long trips with the goal of living as close to nature as possible and getting by with the smallest possible equipment.
Bushcraft is, in short, outdoor life with as scaled-down equipment as possible and with knowledge in focus. In order to be able to scale down the equipment, one must first possess a certain knowledge.
The more you know, the less you have to carry and the less you know, the more you have to carry.Mors Kochanski
A famous quote from bushcraft legend Mors Kochanski that sums up the bushcraft mentality very well. Knowledge is at the center!
One of the most wonderful things about bushcraft is that you never become a complete expert, but there is always something new to learn, some new technique to master and some new plant to discover! If you’re a forest survival expert, you can be as helpless as a novice when faced with a desert landscape, just as a Bedouin probably wouldn’t last long without help in the jungle!
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As with everything else, there is a lot on Youtube about bushcraft! Here are a couple of the channels I myself have appreciated very much over the years. Please enjoy!
Paul possesses a huge amount of bushcraft knowledge and has made a great many videos over the years. Most of it is on his Youtube channel! This particular video is a very good overview of important knowledge to keep track of when you are out practicing bushcraft!
Another British gentleman who was fairly new to Youtube when I started following him many years ago. Very atmospheric and content-rich films with varying content; everything from hunting, camping and wild plants to crafts and How To videos. Linking one of the first movies I saw of him!
When it comes to bushcraft, a lot of new things have recently appeared in the shops. It can be quite difficult to know where to start and which author to take a closer look at when starting out. Here are some tips on authors that I personally appreciate and can recommend!
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Lars is one of our most famous and recognized survival experts and book writers. He has written several books on the subject of survival and outdoor life. He was also co-author with Stefan Källman and Harry Sepp of the book Survival on Nature’s Conditions, which was among the first to list and find out the nutritional value of various plants that are important for survival. A slightly more light-hearted book is Uteliv met grandfar, where the child is the focus. Lots of inspiration for what you can come up with yourself to get the younger generation more interested in nature!
Ray is also a legend in bushcraft and has written several books about bushcraft, nature and outdoor life. His book We are nature: How to reconnect with the wild is a fantastically enjoyable book for anyone who wants to learn how to get closer to nature! The book Wilderness chef: The ultimate guide to cooking outdoors also contains a lot of interesting tips and ideas about cooking in nature!