Post image for Limbing And Sectioning Trees With An Axe

After you have felled a tree, living or dead, regardless of what the end use is, there are typically two main processing jobs you will need to complete. First, you will need to remove the tree’s limbs, that is, its branches. This is known as limbing or snedding. Second, you will need to cut the tree into sections, a task described as sectioning. Limbing and sectioning trees with an axe involve a range of axe techniques traditionally used by the woodsman, the frontiersman and for woodcraft and camping. They are very useful to have in your repertoire and in this article I look into the requisite axe techniques – and safety – in some detail… Read more >>


Post image for Wild Wanderings 9 – Gottröra, Sweden

Gottröra, Sweden, was the venue of the 2017 Bushcraftfestivalen. I was there with a couple of my team from Frontier Bushcraft to run fire workshops at the event. We had to source the materials we needed for our workshops from the surrounding woods and while we were there, I spotted a number of other interesting plants and fungi too, which I cover in more detail in this article… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 024: Why Your Bow-Drill Time Obsession Is Important

Why does it matter how long it takes you to light fire by friction when practising? From the perspective of sports psychology there are solid reasons why measuring performance in bushcraft activities can be beneficial. My colleague Iain Gair, who has a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology, joins me to discuss this in more depth… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 60 – Technology In The Way Of Outdoor Experiences, Knife Rust Prevention, Slug Invasions and Camp Set-Up Times

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley, I answer questions about computer time and technology getting in the way of outdoor experiences, bushcraft knife rust prevention, duvet jackets, water filtration combined with other methods, the time necessary to set up camp, what to do about slug invasions and making your own trail mix… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 59 – Calculating Hiking Speed, Relevant First Aid, Eating Ribwort Plantain Seeds, Avoiding Midges

I answer questions about camp seating if you can’t find a log nearby, the importance of first aid training and what to put into first aid kits, how to calculate how far you can hike plus keep track of your speed, storing compasses at home and in the field, tips for avoiding midges, identifying unusual growths on tree leaves and how to collect, process and eat ribwort plantain seeds… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 023: Rupert Brown, Water Filter Bag Man

Rupert Brown joins me to talk about water purification and the nifty solution he provided to the bushcraft world and wider community of outdoors people in manufacturing the Brown Filter Bag. In the course of the conversation Rupert also talks about his change of career from being a forester and teaching arboriculture to teaching bushcraft as well as moving to France, where he now resides. Read more >>


Post image for Tree Felling With Axe And Saw

Proficient felling of a well chosen tree, using good technique, can seem effortlessly straightforward. On the other hand, ill thought-out felling can become complicated and dangerous. Either way it is one of the more hazardous endeavours in the woods. In this article I highlight the main pointers I teach to people when learning to fell trees… Read more >>


Post image for PK Podcast 022: Conversations From Bushcraftfestivalen

Episode 22 is made up from some of my conversations at the 2017 Bushcraftfestivalen in Sweden. Guests include Lisa Fenton, Harry Sepp, Jonas Landolsi, Tobias Karlsson, Kevin Warrington, Jonas Als and Mikael Akerman… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 58 – Water Indicating Trees, Campfire Burn Out, Axe Re-hafting, Winter Hot-tent Set-ups, Chimney Effects, Bow Drill Ember Failure.

In this episode of my #AskPaulKirtley question and answer sessions, I answer your questions on water-indicating trees, encouraging campfires to burn out completely, axe re-hafting in the field, ideal winter hot-tent set ups, potential chimney effects of fire reflectors and bow drill ember failure… Read more >>


Post image for #AskPaulKirtley Episode 57 – Working On Bushcraft Skills & Knowledge At Home, Fitness For Wilderness Expeditions, Fire Plough In The Northern Temperate, Wild Teas Beyond Nettles

n this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about bad-tasting pine needle tea and toxic needled species of tree, working on bushcraft skills and knowledge indoors or at home, fire plough in the northern temperate zone, required fitness for my wilderness expeditions, easily identifiable plants for wild teas beyond nettles, how to learn to navigate at night and my opinion on Paramo clothing…. Read more >>