Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft

Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft

by Paul Kirtley
Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft

Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft

by Paul Kirtley


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An easily understandable guide to key skills for bushcrafters, campers, outdoors lovers, and anyone interested in wilderness living. Kirtley, one of the leading bushcraft educators globally, teaches outdoor knowledge through courses, demonstrations, and more. This is his first book, distilling many years of outdoor experience and nearly two decades of teaching wilderness bushcraft skills. Clear and comprehensive chapters deliver wilderness axe skills and campcraft knowledge from start to finish. You’ll begin with learning how to select the correct tools for the task, caring for the tools, then applying everyday axe techniques. Next, learn felling, limbing, and sectioning trees, followed by carving techniques and projects. Then Kirtley teaches campcraft projects large and small. Through detailed explanations and step-by-step photo sequences, you too will be able to develop effective and timesaving campcraft skills using materials freely available in the woods, including pot hangers, tripods, cranes, and a variety of group camp set-ups. An indispensable addition to any bushcraft, woodcraft camping, and outdoor library.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764361487
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul Kirtley is one of the leading bushcraft educators globally. Through his school, Frontier Bushcraft, he delivers high-quality bushcraft and survival courses, wilderness expeditions, and online training resources. Paul has instructed wilderness skills in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, and North America. www.paulkirtley.co.uk

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Selecting the Correct Tools for the Job 12

Understanding Types of Axe 14

Choosing an Axe Fit for Purpose 23

Choosing and Using a Saw 28

Making Improvised Saw Frames 33

Knives for Carving 37

Caring for Your Tools 40

How to Care for an Axe 42

How to Sharpen an Axe 44

Knife Sharpening 46

Sharpening Spoon Knives and Other Curved Blades 53

Everyday Axe Techniques 58

Axe Safety Foundations 60

Firewood Splitting—Fundamental Techniques 67

Optimal Use of a Chopping Block 78

Splitting Firewood When You Have No Block 82

Splitting Larger Logs with Smaller Axes 91

Small-Scale Felling and Clearing 96

Felling, Limbing, and Sectioning 100

Assessing Trees for Felling 102

Felling Trees With Axe and Saw 103

Efficient Limbing of Felled Trees 110

Sectioning a Tree 114

Ambidextrous Axe Usage 117

Splitting Long Logs 120

Making Gluts 122

Making a Woodland Mallet 124

Carving Techniques and Projects 128

Knife Safety 130

Knife Grips 133

Carving Techniques for a Knife 135

Carving Techniques with a General-Purpose Axe 139

Spoon Knives and Their Use 142

Creating Wooden Utensils 145

Finishing Your Projects 152

Woodland Campcraft 154

Quick and Easy Pot Hangers 156

Adjustable Pot Hangers 164

Larger Pot-Hanging Systems 175

Benches and Seats 186

Large Pegs 190

Large Tarp Setups 192

Some Useful Knots 201

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