TauavroetterThe word bushcraft is fairly modern expression, dating back to the 18th century, a word with the same meaning as “wilderness skills”. It is the art of thriving in and with nature, a huge collection of knowledge of plants, animals, crafts and more. This knowledge is ancient, as old as human culture and the reason why humanity has come as far as it has. Without bushcraft our ancestors would not have been able to thrive and evolve the way they did. Sadly much has been lost, for most people, as the need for this knowledge is not there. You do not rely on your knowledge of edible plants to survive, you just go to any store and buy what you need. You do not need to know how to make a tool, you just go to any hardware store and buy what you need. You do not need to know how to make thread and ropes from natural stuff, you just go buy a nylon rope. Even though much of this knowledge is lost to most people, a lot is still out there for you to discover. In the wester world there has always been those pioneers and explorers that have needed these skills, and of course we have the indigenous and tribal people scattered across the globe, who still rely on this knowledge for their survival and well being.

Since I could walk, bushcraft has been a part of my life. At the age of four I always had my woodsman knife in my belt, playing in the woods while most other kids were in the playground.

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