At Beth and Jögge’s workshop, everyone had the chance to make a spatula and spoon from fresh Birch.
We started by splitting fresh Birch in to workable pieces
Then people learnt how to use an axe to make rough shape
and refine the shape by using a shaving horse and draw-knife
The workshop ended after a couple of hours and then we moved to Dave Canterbury’s workshop; boiling water in under 10 minutes.
He began by talking about his 5 Cs of survival; a cutting tool, a combustion device, cover, a container, and cordage. Dave’s pathfinder company had provided all with a Pathfinder Bush pot cooking kit,
which I thought was a great bit of kit; having a tight fitting lid, a pouring spout, a bail-arm to hang it over a fire and two handles on the side for pouring.
As part of Dave’s workshop, we had to use these pots to boil water in under 10 minutes using the method he demonstrated. We gathered armfuls of dead Pine branches, Birch bark and we made fine shavings from fat-wood to ignite with our Morakniv Eldris knfe and fire-steel.
Once the fat-wood and Birch bark were ignited, the pot was placed next to them and all the Pine branched were placed over, to produce a large, hot fire
While it is always good to learn new methods and hear other peoples views and opinions, I had some issues with this method as it goes against some of the principals I have been taught. Firstly, it was impossible to know when the water was boiling, unless you spread out the fire and removed the pot top, but then ash and chard wood fell into the water (see picture above). Secondly, the severe heat distorted parts of the pots; a couple of bail-arms lost there temper and the lid of my pot and some others no longer fitted securely. I would still recommend buying one of this pots as they are still a great bit of kit!! Click on the pot picture above for a link where to buy one.
Here we all are boiling our water.
Once we had boiled water, we then had to place cotton cloth and punk wood in to the pots and placed them back in to the fire to produce char-cloth and chard punk wood to then use to produce a second fire (to be fair this could also be when my lid was distorted).
On Friday evening we were all provided with meat and vegetables and a receipt and we had to make our own food. Myself and my friends Johan Forsberg (from Nordic Bushcraft here in Sweden), Adrian Boots (from England) and Michele Lupoli (from Italy) joined forces to create our evening meal. I had my BioLite Campstove with my and it worked well with Dave’s Bushpot.
After our meal it was time for everyone to gather for the evenings fun and games, but more about that next time.