Monday, 27 February 2012

Derbyshire Bushcrafters Meet

Had a grand old day meeting up with the good local folk from BCUK.
We had many brews, practised Bowdrill, carved spoons, chatted about kit and enjoyed a sunny mild day around the main fire site. There was a roast chicken dinner in the camp oven so fire management was a constant task.
As we were near the footpaths folk wandered in and chatted with us wondering what we were up to, so we explained and were terribly polite. Looking forward to an over nighter next time as the family were ill at home this weekend so went back in the evening.

Best thing for me was being able to have a spot of banter and concentrate on some carving for a while.

Steve had fun with the bowdrill set

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Polish lavvu in the snow with the AT-AT Stove

Two years ago a friend and I got together and designed a stove made using a small ammunition box

Its been a while since I last took this set up camping, so I thought it only proper while there was some snow on the deck to have a play, and try a few experiments with the stove.
The heat from this little ammo box stove is just right when up to temp and closed down for a slow burn of 3 hrs on quite a small amount of wood. The pile you see in the pictures to the side would have lasted over two more burns if I burnt it all. I used well seasoned Beech and Oak.

Im very pleased with my flue kit which is all made from scrap and works very well. Scafold pipe, paint tin lid, coffee container and scray can.

Cowboy coffee and hot chocolate were made in the small billy on top with no effort at all, so I reckon this will be a winner in colder weather for taking out my eldest. She thought it was great having it on the back garden, and many snacks were consumed, well we didn't want to rough it now :)

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Chestnut Bread Board

Managed to get some large diameter Sweet Chestnut recently, so decided to make a new board for simple food preparation and baking bannock when out camping.
I wanted the minimum of waste so I used the woods natural splitting ability as best as possible carefully using a hatchet and baton from both ends of the log. Hardly any thinning was needed so hopefully I can make several more from the same log, where the grain strength allows.

Its nothing fancy just an attempt at splitting well, and obtaining a good surface finish just with axe and knife. The axe used as a plane was very effective.
Now what sort of bannock to bake ? : )