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Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraftav Paul KirtleyAn 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 will 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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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
Introduction; Selecting the Correct Tools for the Job; Understanding Types of Axe; Choosing an Axe Fit for Purpose; Choosing and Using a Saw; Making Improvised Saw Frames; Knives for Carving; Caring for Your Tools; How to Care for an Axe; How to Sharpen an Axe; Knife Sharpening; Sharpening Spoon Knives and Other Curved Blades; Everyday Axe Techniques; Axe Safety Foundations; Firewood Splitting: Fundamental Techniques; Optimal Use of a Chopping Block; Splitting Firewood When You Have No Block; Splitting Larger Logs with Smaller Axes; Small-Scale Felling and Clearing; Felling, Limbing, and Sectioning; Assessing Trees for Felling; Felling Trees With Axe and Saw; Efficient Limbing of Felled Trees; Sectioning a Tree; Ambidextrous Axe Usage; Splitting Long Logs; Making Gluts; Making a Woodland Mallet; Carving Techniques and Projects; Knife Safety; Knife Grips; Carving Techniques for a Knife; Carving Techniques with a General-Purpose Axe; Spoon Knives and Their Use; Creating Wooden Utensils; Finishing Your Projects; Woodland Campcraft; Quick and Easy Pot Hangers; Adjustable Pot Hangers; Larger Pot-Hanging Systems; Benches and Seats; Large Pegs; Large Tarp Setups; Some Useful Knots.