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Nightcap Trip

Posted by graham berry on Sunday, June 19, 2011, In : Trips 
A few weeks back, I cued up a trip to Nightcap National Park, about an hour from home.  I set up a simple shelter and tested out some gear...  Nightcap was a great destination, and camping in the rainforest was a dream come true for a frustrated explorer.  Read more in my main write up... 

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Axe Head

Posted by graham berry on Saturday, June 18, 2011, In : Projects 


 Found this the other day:

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I'm going to restore it...give it a new handle and re-profile edge.  Its actually a very sound head, it just needs some cleaning up.  Its a hefty weight, nearly 2.8kgs.  It'll make a very effective felling axe.  Stay tuned for the end result...


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Knife: KA 105

Posted by graham berry on Monday, May 23, 2011, In : Knives 
This one is a gift for a friend.

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See more pics here from the Knife Gallery...


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BushcraftOz

Posted by graham berry on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Community 
You may remember a few posts back I flagged an up and coming forum for bushcraft, based right here in Australia... well its finally a reality and is in full swing!  Its going to be a very important site I can tell, so get in to it, sign up and be a part of what will become a very large community of like-minded people.  There's sections for bushtucker, edged tools, gear... there's something for everyone...  



See the site here.

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Mora

Posted by graham berry on Monday, April 25, 2011, In : Gear 
For those in the know, Mora has a very distinct place in the world of bushcraft.  Recommended, tested and used the world over, these simple and practical knives are a very useful tool and superb value for money to boot.  I recently purchased the Mora Scout and is available in five different colours.  Here's mine (in red):

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Blade: 100mm
Handle: Plastic
Sheath: Plastic/Rubber
 
Mora of Sweden have long and rich heritage in the knife making business...too long to go into in detail, read about it all o...
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Stove

Posted by graham berry on Thursday, April 21, 2011, In : Gear 
Lightweight, affordable, easy to use and well designed. Thats the sum of this great little stove I bought the other week, there's not much more to it than that...  

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Splash in a bit of meths to the centre of the stove and simply using a match or lighter, ignite the fuel.   Give it a few seconds and the power of physics means the gases expand in the gape between the fuel holder and the outer wall and the pressurised vapours escape in a jet like form through the holes in the top... all very cleve...
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Fire #2

Posted by graham berry on Saturday, April 2, 2011, In : Skills 


So here's another awesome tinder, this time a natural choice…  Thistle grows wild in the fields and paddocks over here, and as it seeds it produces a fine cotton like fluff that is the bees knees for tinder.  Here's a look at it in the field as it grows:


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Once its picked, its best to loosen the fibres a bit before you try a spark.  Of course a match makes light work of it, but with a good firesteel you get a great result anyway.  You can read about firesteels here.

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Files

Posted by graham berry on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Projects 

There's definitely something satisfying about old tools…I found an old selection of files hiding away and have been keen to use them properly for some time- only none had handles…and no handles for some time it seems:


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My rehandling efforts  were rough and ready, carved plainly out of some sections of Camphur Laurel.  Some of the file tangs were heated and simply burned into the handles, others were drilled first and then glued.  I like the feel of the rough surface, it adds to the rus...


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Lofty Inspiration

Posted by graham berry on Saturday, February 5, 2011, In : Books 

Buried in the greenhouse at the bottom of the Garden was treasure.  Real life, buried in a bag, treasure.  The short and somewhat simple treasure hunt had lead me to the muggy, funny smelling greenhouse; promises of a 'really cool' present from my Dad had gotten me this far.  I was twelve years old.  Or eleven.  Young enough to still appreciate hidden presents and prospective treasure.

The hot soil gave way and wrapped tightly in a plastic bag was a small package; it felt like a book, and gr...


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Fire

Posted by graham berry on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Skills 

Fire is Important, this we all know, but check this latest discovery for an awesome tinder choice:

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Its lint from the Tumble dryer.  Empty the catcher and hey presto, dry, ultra flammable tinder.  Drop a few sparks from a firesteel an away it goes.  This stuff really works!  Its not a natural material as such, but its worth it to always have a reliable tinder.  Check out the Gear section of the site for a more in-depth look at the firesteel and this awesome tinder...
 
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My Knife on Ray Mears' Blog

Posted by graham berry on Saturday, December 11, 2010, In : Knives 
Having been in contact with Ray Mears' blog for some time now, they've just added my knife to their blog feed!!  I had created this handle a couple months back and decided to send in a pic for the team at Ray Mears to see. The blade I used for the knife is only available through the website so its only fitting I let them see what I did with it...here's the knife:




Ray Mears has been and will always be the god-father of what has become known around the world as bushcraft and for me is a personal...
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