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Bushcraft Camp: Full Super Shelter Build from Start to Finish.

Bushcraft Camp: Full Super Shelter Build from Start to Finish.

[Applause] [Applause] [Laughter] [Applause] [Laughter] [Applause] [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter] [Laughter] so hope you enjoyed that segment of how I built my whole bushcraft camp I realized there's probably quite a few questions that some of you might want to ask and that some of you have asked throughout the previous episodes more of which is the tools so we're gonna run through some of the tools that I've used other questions are about permission and how I've got permission to build that where I have and just general other questions like the species of trees and everything and wood that I was using so I think we'll start off just talking about the tools that I was using so essentially this is the four main tools that I use I've got we'll start with this one over here we've got a small folding saw that was the original store saw that I started out with a knife this was again the original knife but I started out with high carbon steel knife hatchet just an 18 inch hatchet with a two pound head and towards the end you might noticed a larger saw which is more a folding bow saw believe it or not I built most of my camp with this small folding pruning saw like a garden pruning saw as you can see the blade is completely battered this is still the original blade that I've had on it which I've been using for two years now it definitely needs a change the anodized coatings come off he sort of anti stick coating and the teeth are some are fairly sharp but most of them are completely blunt but you know what for the price I can't remember what I paid for this I think it was about 15 pounds it was it just did the job it was perfect especially when I was starting out building the camp originally and just building that first fire reflector folds in on itself small and compact this one's called the barco Laplander I'll pop links to all these tools in the video description below if you guys are interested in them this is called the barker laplander and it's not the greatest saw in the world obviously but it's just very portable and compact and lightweight so the noise I was using was the TBS bore which is basically the first real proper sort of bushcraft knife that I ever bought I was using this for at least the first I'd say 10/10 camp updates this one I've made the custom fire steel that comes with it that's just a red deer antler at the top with a bit of bungee cord here to secure it and that's just one I've made I just bought a firesteel Blanc itself the leather sheath obviously came with it when I purchased it it's a fairly hefty blade for a bushcraft knife it's quite a long blade of things about four inches same with a handle about four inches Scandinavian grind this is high carbon steel case 720 boneless steel but it's done me really really well and I've really enjoyed using this knife the handle itself is turkish warmer and did have a tucked a matching turkish warmer fire still but i don't have that anymore i lost it but either way it's been a great knife and it's certainly well over the camp Update series towards the end of the camp update series I've been using a newer knife which is made for me by a Canadian knife maker called Sam his knife companies called virtus knives and this one is the virtus utility it's got spalted maple scales it's got this like ancient finish on it which I really like that is a great touch but this has been really well used as well towards the later end of the camp up they seriously what sound does really well on this knife is the fire work he's actually filed that full tang there the end of that time what a handle to make it look incredible with that pattern it has got black liners on it but he's also filled it in with dyed epoxy I believe in the gaps to give it that effect and it's got some really nice mosaic pins there's just more of a very good-looking knife but it's also been very practical aside really good use this one came with a Kydex sheath but I also used it in my TBS bore sheath as the fire still sort of match the same they're just something I like it's doing these knives are amazing but also they're fairly expensive so if you're starting out with bushcraft you might want something like this which is just a moral companion this is my Mora companion these are probably one of the best value for money noise out there that you can get again I'll pop all links in the video description below this one is actually the carbon version it doesn't have a 90-degree spine as such it you can file it down to make it well I've made it work on a fire sill but you might want to file that one down but these have probably the best grip of a knife that I've ever used really really nice comfortable ergonomic grip great little knife much more of a sort of beginners nice to start out with so if you're looking to get into bushcraft and starting out for a beginner is probably one of the good noise for you there's also the moral bushcraft as well which is again another great value for money knife you will have noticed that throughout that whole episode that you just watched if you're still sticking by it thanks very much you will have noticed that I was using the same hatchet from episode 1 a number of years ago I've had this for a long time this house episode 1 I've been using the same hatch here which is a Husqvarna hatchet hobby it's about an 18 inch handle I think pretty sure it's a two pound head it's a fairly heavy head for a small hatchet I lost the sheath that came with it but Brian my friend at journeyman handcraft he custom-made this sheath which fits perfectly this has had an absolute battering and to be honest now it's fairly blunt and it needs a sharpen because I've not sharpened it in a long time but this is up there with probably one of the best value for money hatchets towards the latter stages of the bushcraft camp update series I think it was camp update 11 onwards I got myself the Edgar Canyon the boreal 21 by a girl canyon now this is an incredible source of folding bow saw so it packs nice and sort of thin it is fairly heavy but not too much it's heavy compared to this but it does a lot more work and the way this works is it just folds out on itself it's all tucks into one system pull it right round there's a little groove here on this part of the handle if you can see that focus there's this sort of groove you tuck that groove at the bottom of the bottle there and the handle then folds in and locks and then that tensions the blade this blade the one I'm using is the Sydney rancher blade again still original blade so I've used this for quite a few episodes it is starting to dull but it cuts through bigger logs much faster and that's what I needed really to build that hunting Tower because it would have taken such a long time with this little thing I think with this thing I tried to do it on one of the tower pillars and it took 20 minutes or 25 minutes just to do one bog so this only takes minute maybe a minute and a half much much easier but again it's going to last longer and it's going to help you cut more firewood in the winter this would be much much better in the winter where you need that firewood to put it in perspective for you guys you don't need expensive tools to be able to build a camp like I've done I've done this fairly on the cheap really for the first 10 episodes at least these were the only two main tools are used a hatchet that's I think 25 pounds and a folding saw that was 15 pounds that's really all I used to be honest and a bit of cheap cordage to get going with building the bushcraft camp so it just goes to show you don't need really expensive tools yes the more expensive tools are definitely going to last you longer and if you treat them right you know they're going to be a better tool but if budget and cost is it on your conscience and it's something on your mind then these for me have been brilliant and you can tell because you've seen the big sore bushcraft can't like built from using these I just wanted to touch on cordage I didn't actually bring any any cordage out here with me today but just to go through some of the cordage I use I started out with using paracord which although is very very tough I found that paracord when you when you try to cinch it down sometimes certain knots and certain lashings that you do it can slip because of that outer coating on the paracord that's just personal experience you guys might found something different from that you know you might swear by some people swear by paracord and they use it all the time I also use string to begin with and that was brilliant that actually held up really well it pinched down on itself it was just a typical sort of garden string or it wasn't decorative string it was fairly tough I can't remember what it was because it was a few years ago now but that held up really really well and there was still the original string on one of the fire reflectors that I built to begin with that was still there I put until camp update twelve I think when I or maybe even 13 when I cut it off and redid it so that's a few years that lasted I've been using a bit of jute twine as well which is it's not very good for strength it's more of a sort of decorative and natural cordage that if the camp fell down and blew down the wind and obviously it will rot over the years the jute twine the jute twine will break down with it as well over the years other cordage I used was poly proper sama Dada using some poly pot rope obviously not great for the environment but if anything falls down we take the polypropylene it's cheap it's really really cheap it's a good sort of budget option I would say Bank line is probably one of the best cordage you can get it's just got a really good mixture of all of those pieces of cordage you know the paracord and tough it's a tough material durable but not really really well it cinches down really well however it is quite expensive so that's the cordage part I get a lot of questions about the trees that I'm using and how they grossed out how I get such straight wood so firstly let's just talk about the tree itself the tree that one thing I point I need to make is that no living trees were cut down during that whole camp everything you see in that camp itself is not living wood it's just I never I never cut down a living tree when I was doing that camp it that's just the way it was I don't really want to cut down it although that woodland is so dense it really it sort of needs managing it needs trees to be cut down to allow the other tree's more light and you know get that light hitting the forest floor just help the biodiversity a little bit more but the tree itself that I've been using in that camp and the reason it grows so straight is the Scots point or Pinus sylvestris is its Latin name and it's actually one of the only native pines here to the UK because it's it's so straight because the woodland so dense and when woodlands are so dense trees are fighting for the light and that's why they grow so tall and and straight because they're they're trying to get to the sunlight they're competing with each other when you see a tree out in the open field it's generally a big sort of bushy tree and it's open because it's got no competition from surrounding trees so it doesn't need to fight for sunlight whereas these ones they're so dense that they've got to keep growing up straight as possible to get to that sunlight and that's the reason the wood is so straight Scott's point is really easy to identify I'll just go and show you now so even in this woodland just here where I am there's a lot of evergreens there's a lot of conifers sort of trees but this here is a Scots point and it's fairly easy to identify a number of things it the bark itself on the more mature trees has these big large fissures like big cracks in the bark and you can you can break it off generally like this and although the bark is resinous it's actually quite hard for light you're better off getting this sort of fat wood in the joints here but one of the most notable things for the Scots pine is that it starts on mature trees it starts really dark sort of brown at the bottom and as you get higher it gets more orange you can't see it as much on this one but over here on this one here you'll see it starts Brown starts brown and then it starts to go more orange there see but there the color fades a little bit more you can always see the color break here where it's dark just here then it starts to go more Brown and orange as you go up so this is what the needles look like on the scots point they tend to grow in pairs if you look at this one here I can get it for you this is quite a young sheet but they grow together in pairs like that and Scots pine needles you can use in tea it's a good sort of bushcraft tea but that's how you can identify them as well from the needles themselves and also the branches of the needles tend to grow upwards up into the air so knocked down like this they tend to poke up and stick up and you can see that from this tree just here just there you can see they're starting to grow up that's because they're they're looking for the light that's another way of identifying the Scots pine tree one of the main questions I get especially from guys over here in the UK is permission and how do you get permission to build a camp like that it's quite a difficult thing really because generally in the UK it's about who you know we've got a sort of very high population here in UK for such a small island I think the UK has something like 65 million people there's 8 million people in London alone and I've got a friend over in Sweden who I was fishing with last two years ago and he says obviously Sweden's got a bigger landmass than the UK and in Sweden alone there's 8 million people all around 8 and a half maybe 9 million people so the amount of people in the whole of Sweden are in just London alone which is crazy you know that we've got so many people here in our in our country in England as well which makes finding permission really hard woodlands are quite sparse as well they're either all privately owned or they're owned by the National Trust or big you know woodland companies and things like that so it's very difficult to find permissions what I would say if you're looking to get permission is farmers can tend farmers can be a good option because if you go and ask a farmer you can't just turn up on someone's land and expect them to say yeah sure you know come and build a camp coming up fire come and cut down trees that's not gonna happen what you could do is maybe go to local farmers and say look I'm really interested in bushcraft and I enjoy spending time in the woods I've noticed you've got a woodland would you be able to let me spend some time in your woodland either making films or practicing bushcraft and I'll help you out with farm work and if the farmer says yes well you sort of wind twofold you get to benefit from it not only do you potentially get permission to use this woodland or use her woodland to practise bushcraft and things like that but you also get an opportunity to work on a farm and and gain that experience and knowledge of how farming works and where your food comes from and just things like that it's just that's just one of the tips I have I'm not promising you that it will work but you just wherever you go you you lose nothing by asking permission all you're gonna get is a No if you don't ask at all you get you gain nothing you're never gonna know so don't be afraid to be declined go out there ask permission get declined it doesn't matter you might ask five six seven times for the land a different landowners permissions eventually one might be kind enough to offer you some volunteer work you know there's no harm in asking always ask just to make this clear my camp is on private land and I do have permission and also the cabin the pallet wood cabin that's on private land and we've got permission to build there as well one of the following questions is how long has it taken me to build this camp and that's such a difficult question to answer because I I don't really know because I've been building it on and off for years for the last two maybe two and a half years so each time when I first started out each time I'd go there it would be four maybe three or four hours at a time and I just build something cook up some food maybe put a tea or a coffee on and that was that it was just time enjoyed in the woods and then other times towards the end of the camp update series or the latter stages I would go there for you know a full-day stay the night and then do another full day so it really I can't really put a time on it it's just it it just is what it is I just built it whenever I had the time to and it's the same with most people you know the majority of people out there can't go and build that and just in just a couple of days you know you people what people are working people have jobs they only got weekend time or evenings and things like that so realistically it's gonna take time you can't just expect to build that overnight it takes a long time I think we're there I think I've asked most of your questions if you have any other questions please put them in the comment section below I tried to read as many comments as possible I appreciate this as a long video as and its features some of the stuff you may have seen before but I'm just very grateful to have you all as my subscribers you're all very loyal you've been incredible you've given some great feedback over the years and I really appreciate it and it's been great to also see how much this camp Update series has inspired some of you and how much of a positive impact it's had on you so I really appreciate that and if you're relatively new to the channel and you want to go back and watch the full camp update series of episode 1 to 13 then I'll pop a link in the video description below and also the little eye icon in the corner of your screen now you can click that and that will take you to the full playlist where you can watch not only how I build it but also my journey through building it where my experiences of things that were wrong and things that I changed and you know how I felt about certain things and just how you'll even see my knowledge of bushcraft develop as you watch from episode one towards episode 13 where I've just taught myself new things over the years I really appreciate you watching this thank you so much remember to tip that little Bell if you are subscribed just so you can get the notifications when I do upload thank you very much for watching and I'll see you soon in the next episode [Applause]

Reader Comments

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