On a particular day last week, a day not too different than most, I decided to take advantage of a break in the weather and to escape from the humdrum of the daily rat race. So I grabbed my Scout Kit and a few other odds and ends and headed to the woods to enjoy some much-needed “dirt-time.”
For this particular trip out, I brought my standard Scout Kit I carry in a Frost River X-Large Shell Bag. I also took my Mother HC Canteen Kit and my ever-present neck possibles kit. On my hip were two knives that recently came into my possession; a Condor Bushlore and a Jeff White Bush Knife. With my Subaru loaded, I headed to one of my favorite woods locations to work on some bushcraft skills and get regrounded and centered.
Though technically spring, winter still lingers, clinging to life as if it was on some form of universal life support.
It had been raining quite heavily for the past few days. The trees were still wet with rain, and the air, filled with moisture, was cold but refreshing. Clouds filled the sky. There was also some on and off light sleet as a constant companion. The sun did its best to try to break through the clouds and occasionally was able to provide a few rays of spring warmth.
With kit slung over my shoulders, I headed towards my destination. The trail in starts off easy, following an old logging road. The trail then goes into the woods meandering over rolling hills and crosses a few streams equipped with rough-hewn bridges to make crossing easier.
Once I reached my destination, it was time to set up some shelter to keep the intermittent sleet off of me and provide me a place to do some bushcraft firecraft. Today, my @Bushcraft Outfitters large poncho served well. My SOL Survival Blanket kept me insulated from the ground.
The @bco large poncho is an excellent piece of kit, and I highly recommend it to all. With the shelter kit available from BCO, setting up any shelter is a breeze.
With all the wet weather we have had, I knew a split wood fire would be in order. I also wanted to work on getting a twig bundle going by using my flint and steel. I didn’t bring a saw or ax with me on this outing, but never fear, my possibles pouch is here!
In my possibles pouch, I carry some items I have had or may need in the woods. This time I needed my wire saw. You can see it in the back left of the picture posted. With my wire saw, and a maple sapling, I constructed a bow saw to use to cut the wood for the split wood fire.
Not all wire saws are created equal. My saw is a mil-spec saw I have had for many years that was issued to me years ago. IMHO the only way to properly use a wire saw is to make a bow saw with it. Using it in this fashion, allows you to use the whole length of the saw to cut your material. Using it as a bow saw, provides for the heat generated during the sawing process to dissipate quickly and doesn’t put the same strain on the saw as it would if you were using it by pulling in opposite directions with both hands.
I wanted to practice my flint and steel skills, particularly in damp weather.
I made a deerskin fire kit recently, that holds my primitive fire kit.
I got my bird’s nest ready and my twig bundle. Eastern Hemlock branches, IMHO, make the best materials to make a twig bundle. I used a piece of stone gifted to me by brother @civilization Dropout, and with one strike, I had an ember on my char cloth.
I put the char cloth into the bird’s nest, and viola, FIRE!
All in all, a prosperous and peaceful sojourn into the woods and recharge my batteries!
Thanks for coming along.