Snowmobile sled almost completed

Last weekend I continued to work on construction of the snowmobile sled.  I had previously found a large piece of plastic in a skip, which was perfect to have under the sled.

I warmed it and then moulded it to the shape of the sled and screwed it in place.

snowmobile sled - kevin warrington

I built a seat and floor, both of which can be removed so that I can use the sled for transporting equipment.

Its not completely finished yet, but Kelly could not wait to try it, so we took it out for a test run.

swedish lapland - kevin warrington

snowmobile sled - swedish lapland

I am very pleased with how it works!


Cattail Dolls-2

Take broader leaves and fold over the shoulders to form clothing and tie in place around the waist.

making cattail doll

Fold the broad base of a leaf over the head to form a hat and tie in place.

cattail doll-4

Here’s a view from the back

P1040100 (Medium)

Now the basic doll is complete.  Use your imagination to create different types of dolls.  Here are some of mine;

Cattail Dolls (Medium)

P1010645 (Medium)

Including a Christmas Angel


Building a Father and Son Bow

Kevin asked me to share with you one or two articles from my Bushcraft Days site.


Father & Son bow in action

I thought that a good one to start with is my How To…. Step by Step guide to building Father and Son bow.

The name ‘Father and Son’ I think is fairly modern but other names for this type of bow I have come across are the Penobscot or Wabanaki bow.

If you are competent using a knife and saw then this type of bow should take no more than an hour or two to construct.

Select the link below and have a look.

    Bushcraft Days – How To….Build a Father & Son Bow



The pocket fishing kit

Here’s the tutorial I promised last time.

The snuff container that I used has three separate parts; the top where used snuff bags are placed and the two main parts that hold the fresh snuff.

snuff container fishing reel

In the top section of the container you can store hooks, weights and spinners.

pocket fishing kit

You now need to buy a fishing line that is on a reel that fits inside the snuff container

pocket fishing kit naturallore

To make the roller for the reel I used a dowel, a plastic picture hook and a thick plastic washer.  I glued the plastic washer to the underside of the top half of the container.  I sanded down one end of the dowel so that it fitted into the plastic washer and screwed the picture hook on to the other end of the dowel (remove the three nails that are used to fix the picture hook to a wall).  In the picture below, the line and reel fit on the dowel, between the picture hook and plastic washer.

pocket fishing rod kevin warrington

I drilled a small hole in the side of the container (where the line comes out) and then installed a brass eyelet in the hole to prevent the line cutting into the plastic container.

mini fishing kit

The pocket fishing kit was then completed.

snuff container fishing rod

Birch bark container tutorial

I was hoping to get out and about this weekend and do some stuff for the blog, but Teres was taken into hospital on Thursday and now I have bronchitis.  So I have made a tutorial for making Birch bark containers.

I begin by cutting out two identical wooden disks to use as the top and bottom of the container and then role the bark around and mark and cut out a piece of bark.  This particular piece measured 30cm x 9cm.  On the outside of one end of the bark I thin the bark down to a wedge shape and I do the same on the inside of the bark at the other end.

Then I make to lines of holes in each end, about 5mm between each hole.

Form a tube with the bark, making sure the end thinned down on e inside sits over the end thinned down on the outside.  I use a clip to hold the two ends together and then use sinew, false sinew or dental floss to begin sewing the bark together.

Now draw a line around the side of each wooden disk (use your finger as a depth gauge)

Then draw a line around the underside of each disk

Use a knife or sandpaper to remove the wood between these two lines to give an angled edge.   This makes it much easier to insert the top and bottom disks into the bark tube.

You may find that one of the disks is a little too small and does not fit tightly into the bark tube.  In this case you can take a thin layer of Birch bark and glue around the edge of the disk (use an elastic band to hold the bark in place while the glue dries).

Use a knife or sandpaper to remove excess bark and it should look like this when completed

Put some glue around the edge of the bottom disk and push into the bark tube and then push in the top.  To help strengthen the top and bottom, cut two strips of bark (I use a pair of serrated scissors that I bought from a Dollar Store to give a decorative edge, but I have also done this using a knife) and glue around the top and bottom.

Drill two holes in the top and thread a piece of leather through and tie a knot on the inside of the lid.

Now the container is completed.

Signal fire

It is snowing again today and the temperature is 0 degrees with a cold north wind!  Spring is going to be very late this year.

Recently I demonstrated an emergency signal fire to a group from Austria.  It was only a small version but still worked very well.  This type of fire is used to help emergency services locate your position from the air.

Firstly I dug a hole in the snow and then laid two pieces of Birch across the hole.  Across the two lengths of Birch I laid a large amount of small, dry, dead Spruce branches.

Over theses dead branches I thatched a thick layer of fresh, green Spruce branches.

Finally I pushed dried grass and Birch bark up underneath the pile as a fuse to light the fire.  Once the grass was lighted, smoke began to appear very quickly

Soon there was thick smoke bellowing out

Unfortunately at this point the battery ran out in my camera, but here is a picture of a larger version made in Canada 2006.

Reindeer horn knife and sheath

For the first time I have lost a series of pictures I took while making this knife

but I do have pictures of making the design on the handle and constructing the sheath.

Teres designed a scene for me and I drew it onto the knife in pencil.  I then used a small craft knife to cut into the horn following the pencil design

I used a pencil eraser to remove the drawing and then rubbed a small amount of charcoal into the cuts to reveal the pattern.

To make the sheath I first cut the piece of horn in half

I drew around the blade and then used a small file to remove horn on both halves, until the knife blade sat comfortably inside.  I glued the two halves together and then shaped.

After soaking the Lapp leather I wrapped foil around the knife handle to prevent the leather colour running into the handle and then wrapped the leather around and stitched the two edges together

Here is the completed sheath

I will explain about the design on the sheath next time.