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Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
by Mors Kochanski
There are two broad traditions to the art of wilderness survival. One tradition is that of the woodsman--basically the engineer of the wilds--who can build absolutely anything with an axe, a saw and a knife. The other tradition is that of the native--one who faces the wilderness with little more than bare hands--to eke out a living mostly by avoiding work rather than creating it. Both traditions are equally valid and useful to know.
Mors Kochanski excels in the traditions of the woodsman, but is also remarkably adept at the native skills. In Bush Craft also known as Northern Bush Craft, Kochanski presents knife, ax and saw use in depth. Kochanski especially focuses on the special qualities of the northern trees: the birches, alders, spruces, tamarack, pines, firs, poplars, aspens, cottonwoods and willows. The woods skills include how to fell trees, build numerous shelters, start fires (and put them out!), and how to make cooking implements.
The native skills include excellent presentations on the bowdrill, tinder fungus, cordage and basketry, including birch bark containers, splint baskets, and split twig baskets. Bush Craft is packed with innovative tips, many of which I have not seen in any other books. Expanded Edition, 1998. 300 pages.
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