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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Mora Robust has been DISCONTINUED!

It's with a heavy heart that I have to report that the original Mora Craftline High Q Robust that we all know and love has been discontinued by Mora, I received an email from them today confirming that it's no longer in production.

That's the original Mora with the Grey and Black handle and the 3.2mm blade as in the picture above (not the newly released Mora Robust Pro C)

It's such a pity as this is a superb knife and I quite like it in the grey colour, I liken it to wood pigeon grey! 
Anyway all is not lost as the Mora Companion Heavy Duty (essentially the same knife just in a different colour scheme) is still available at the minute. However if you want the original Robust you need to move quickly!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Dirt Time, Re-covering the Basics.

It's all too easy to do something once then forget about it, so I believe it's important to cover ground again to refresh the memory and keep your skills well honed, practice makes perfect after all. So we went out today to cover a few simple techniques and see what else could be done.

we found a downed birch so figured we'd make use of it and make some more birch bark oil, we had very little left anyway.

didn't take long and we ended up with about 100mls of top grade birch oil.

We also honed our knife skills by making spatuloons. A friend once said that I should practice using different knives to make sure I'm comfortable with any cutting tool as I may not always have my beloved 510 with me, sound advice actually, so these were carved with a Mora Robust, 3 are mine one is Davy's, can you work out who's is who's??

Then we did a little tracking finding, mouse, rat, rabbit and deer tracks, no fox or badger but I'm sure if we had have spent longer we would have found some. Anyway we followed these deer tracks for a while until we found ..

a large bundle of it's fur..obviously shedding it's winter coat as the weather warms up.. A great day out and we could have done so much more if time allowed.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Eagle Steals a Mora

I'm sure some of you have seen this pic before, it was taken by renowned wildlife photographer han bouwmeester .. It seems that even our feathered brothers realise a good knife when they see one, why use talons when a mora Viking will do?
Magnificent picture Han!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Does a Bushcrafter Dump in the Woods?

There's a brilliant new product out if you get caught short in the woods, it's partial camo Toilet paper, the reason it's only partial camo is because you add the defining colour to it (if you know what I mean) and that means you don't have to bury the stuff, it blends right in to the background.
Get yourself some, it's better than sphagnum moss!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Potato Bread in the Woods.

It's worth treating yourselves a little, isn't it? and one thing we all love here in Northern Ireland is potato bread. It's called fadge in certain places and potato cake in others but it's basically all the same thing.
and it's incredibly simple to make. You can use either dehydrated potato for convenience or left over boiled potatoes, flour and if desired a knob of butter and a little salt.
mix the potatoes until it's soft and fluffy then mix in flour (salt and butter if desired)
flatten it into a patty about 1/4 of an inch thick, and cook in a dry or lightly oiled pan
and that's it, it's gorgeous and nutritious. you can always add extras to it as well to flavour it..
like any wild green, or even herbs or spices
it would be easy to replicate this with burdock or cattail root and powdered nut flour or cattail pollen or anything similar.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Difficulties with young plant ID

I saw a lady picking a lot of young wild garlic today, it's only starting to show and she was tearing up all she could find. After she moved on I went to the patch she'd been in to see how much was gone, and there must have been 30sq feet of forest floor raided, that's a lot of garlic, but she'd have gotten a lot more if she'd left it to grow.
However there was a problem, in her ardour to gather the wild edibles she'd been taking all growing plants she could find and she inadvertently took a lot of something else too - Bluebells!
It's, I suppose, not a difficult mistake to make, as you can see above, wild garlic on the left, bluebell on the right, they can look slightly similar as they are starting to grow.
But I hope she goes through her takings when she gets home, as a belly full of bluebell leaves could cause you some serious discomfort!!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ireland Bushcraft Expo March 2015

Well. we're back, and how was it you ask? 
Well the wise old owl said if you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all!! But... it was pretty badly organised, from the moment we received an email the night before telling us to lower our expectations to finding that they hadn't a clue about ticket collection to finding out that the organizer hadn't organised it properly... at all.
The emailed itinerary failed to materialize, as did nearly all the activities it mentioned, and it left most people scratching their heads.

very little activities meant a lot of people left after a short while

fire making was non existent.. and as for the traps!!!

I stood looking at these for a few minutes before I realised what they were supposed to be, embarrassing is an understatement and I won't humiliate the resident 'instructors' any further by picturing their efforts at shelter building!!!!

But every cloud has a silver lining and we did meet some old friends and made some new ones, (namely Gary at Wildwoods who had the best set up by far at the whole thing), which is what the bushcraft community should be all about. 
Their was some good quality surplus kit for sale and Roy of Paracord Ireland went out of his way to talk, demonstrate and offer advice, and even give out freebies, a great bloke.

The meet was set in the grounds of the Irish Memorial War Museum which was an incredibly good visit and made the whole trip worthwhile, so a very big thankyou to William and the guys who made our day by showing us round and giving us great food for thought, hopefully our paths will cross again soon.


We've had approaches from a few people connected with the event and some have requested to have their position put forward, I think that's a fair proposition, so I will include an extract I received from one of the contributors.

"The content providers were not involved in the organisation and found ourselves in the same boat as the visitors. Some of the content providers got together on the Saturday night to try and improve the situation for the sunday, though of course we could only work with what we had available. Many of us put in a lot of extra work by taking on extra activities, re-organising the stalls, writing a new schedule and organising some basic signage, Unfortunately it appeared that it was not enough to salvage the situation. As we were told it was for charity, as far as I know, none of us requested anything more than travel expenses, some even less than nothing...."