Bushcraft In August | Net Making, Tool Heavy Experiment, Char Cloth, Campfire Cooking
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Bushcraft In August | Net Making, Tool Heavy Experiment, Char Cloth, Campfire Cooking

It’s August. I’ve got my bushcraft gear
with me. I’m bushcrafting in August, no honestly I will be doing some
bushcrafting! Hii folks I’m Craig Taylor and as always a huge sense of joining me
here on my youtube channel the bushcraft Padawan if you’re a
regular viewer or subscriber you’ll know that for the past over 2 and a half
years now I’ve made a commitment to get out for at least a full day or a full
May or possibly both combined together into the woods at least once a month
every month and I’ve done that for two years eight months now I know it’s eight
months because this is the end of August so I thought to myself whilst the Sun is
still shining before autumn sets in too much let’s get out and spend another day
in the woods you’ll also know if you’re a regular subscriber then rather than
just come out and potter about for the sake of it I always like to come out
with a plan in mind with things I want to try or experiment with or refine or
practice or go over again and obviously is no exception in no particular order
and I’m gonna glance down at the floor here because I’ve got a few things on
the floor to remind me what it is I’ve taken a different approach to the tools
that I bring out this month and when I do a little bit of tree felling later on
hopefully I’ll explain to you why I wanted to take a slightly different
approach with the the scale of the tools that I’m bringing out this month do
something a little bit differently once I felt some wood I would like to get a
small fire going probably starting it with a Ferro rod onto birch bark or some
silver birch twigs and to go from there once the fires going gonna cook an
omelet I’ve prepped at home just brought out into the woods with me whilst old
that is cooking and the embers are burning down to cook that omelet I want
to start preparing some char cloth I’ve run out of char cloth I normally have a
big reserve of it and I’ve used it all just checking will about they can just
make about there she is and want to prep some char cloth I also want to start
making a net you’ve seen me in a previous video talk about making a
knitting needle and that might have been the easy part
actually now I need to remember how to actually use it to make the net so I
want to capture that on video as well if I’ve got any time left I’ve recently
bought an owl gift or an organ or an owl yeah you know what I mean a drill bit so
I want a fashioned a handle even if I throw it away at the end of today I just
want to flush in a handle to fit into the Algar okay so the next time I come
out into the woods I’ve got an I’ve got a little bit of a head start for doing
some a wood craft projects with that so without further ado let’s get things
moving along and let’s get this list ticked off the small dead standing tree
that you can see appearing at the top of my scalp just behind me there there it
is that’s my firewood for the rest of the day and into this evening I’m not
doing an overnighter today just gonna be into the evening that’s going to be my
firewood and that gives you an opportunity to talk about I’m taking a
different approach to the tools that I’m bringing out with me in the woods today
normally as an absolute minimum I bring with me my Maura Garber carbon knife and
my backhoe folding Laplander sword that’s the minimum I always bring that I
might bring an axe as well but rarely I might bring a folding book saw as well
but rarely I well today I thought I would switch that out a little bit I’ve
left the smaller cutting tools that’s home on purpose
and I’ve done the other way today I’ve brought with me my halter for classic
hunters axe on was it trekkers axe I can’t remember it’s a halter for classic
axe they’re brought that out with me and I’ve brought this absolutely magnificent
and beautiful and folding collapsible book saw that my dad made me that
doesn’t get enough usage and I need to bring this out more or if not at least
need to start using it more at home to to book up some of the logs that we have
at home for our log burner at home so yeah I’ve got to do the end of the scale
big scale saw big scale cutting tool I’ve left the smaller stuff at home
the reason that I’ve done that is one I don’t get out with these often you know
– most of the stuff that I do if I’m really honest I can do very comfortably
and safely with my backhoe and my gal Berg these are for those occasions when
I’m going heavier when I’m planning to do a lot of felling or I’m taking bigger
stuff down or a lot of cutting or or an off thicker cut so bring this stuff but
I thought to myself even day to day life forget being in the woods even day to
day life sometimes catches you want to words it deals you hands that you
weren’t expecting sometimes let alone when you come out into the woods into
places like this and we’re not one of those occasions might be on some
occasions that I like my knife breaks or my soul breaks it’s on its last legs as
it is at the moment the back hole that one day so I thought to myself you know
let’s just put myself in a position for just a day for an even afternoon in an
evening where I am solely using this and solely using this one to get my money’s
worth out of them but to just in case something were to ever happen with my
other smaller tools I’ve got these with me I’m going to feel a little bit more
comfortable even doing finer tusks so that’s why I brought these heavier tools
out today let me know in the comments below do you ever do that not just for
cutting tools do you ever bring something out that is that you rarely
use and just in sacrifice just something that you use more often just to get
hands on just to try out them off me maybe you’re a ground dweller but every
now and then you bring a hammock maybe you’re a hammock sleeper but every now
and then you leave your home and bring the slip the inflatable mat to sleep on
the ground doesn’t matter all it just let me know in the comments below do you
ever kind of take the same approach that I’m taking today with how I’m
sacrificing my smaller tools for my larger tools enough talk let’s get this
down oh man this is much easier than the back
oh well there it is Phil nice and safely just walked it back and it stops nice
and cleanly on the ground there now just hacking it up I’m gonna take a slightly
different approach to cutting this job aside from the fact that I’m gonna be
using this bad boy when I normally cut this sort of timber for firewood for
logs I’m sort of going to have it I’ve cut it into sort of foot long pieces or
maybe 18 inch pieces something like that and I don’t really know what well I
suspect I think I know why and the mug burner at home so I cut a lot of wood up
for that clearly it’s got to be a certain size about a foot long in order
for it to fit into the log burner but when I was out on the intermediate
wilderness bushcraft course a couple of weeks ago I’m linked into it in the top
right hand corner of the screen we employed a lot of sort of staff fire and
Indian fires where we take in a fairly big piece it’s fairly lengthy four five
six foot pieces I’m just probably because the dogs are wandering around
under a tripod I expected the whole foods from crashing down we took the
long pieces and just fed them into the fire now I’d been aware of this
technique I’ve also where these technique had used that technique but
for some reason it just wasn’t my sort of goat so I’d spent more time energy
and calories cutting that six foot open Tufts into 6 1 foot pieces when there
was absolutely no need so so today I’m gonna do the minimum hour of cuts
possible and with a bigger saw so more economical and I’m going to use that
sort of staff fire formation staff fire late technique again not really sure why
I don’t do it more often I think it might be down to the whole rooster
cutting things up in the log burner at home let’s get this done I’m going going old school new school
using the air using my lighter that’s the fire roaring away there as
you can see what you may be able to see let me try and put you out if you can’t
but there’s one two and then right in the flame itself behind the flame three
three of those and pieces of dead standing actually done I’ve not done a
360 fire style or Starfire Indian layer or anything like that
they’re not coming in at 90 degrees to each other I’ve got them all coming in
from that direction because where you’re stood now looking at this where the
camera is is the area that I want to move in and out of around the fire to
where my admin area might my hammock area is so I don’t want any logs in that
area because I don’t want to be running the risk of tripping over them so
exactly the same principle but rather than coming in in four different
directions at 90 degrees I’ve got them all coming in at the far side of the
fire over here same principle in my opinion oh just a little bit safer the
fire is roaring away to itself over there consuming those thicker pieces of
dead standing getting some nice embers going the dog is just out of camera
shock being his bigger pin in the back side as she always is and much to start
making some char cloth and I thought to myself why don’t I talk you through not
how to make it you probably know that by now although I’m linking up in the top
right hand corner of the screen right now yeah there she goes there goes the
tripod being a pain in the backside I only give you the top right corner of
the screen now a video where I talk about how I make a char cloth using it
in with no hole in the lid this particular tin does have a hole in
the lid and just because this isn’t one that I normally bring up this is my this
is my bulk manufacturing charcoal often I want to talk to you about the check
like the cloth that I’m using to make the chair there it is let me talk in a
bit more detail in the past where I’ve made char cloth I always use old
t-shirts similar to what I’m wearing now hundred
percent cotton and they work they shower well they take a spark
brilliant but when they’ve been charred let’s be honest they’re not the most
robe first piece of kit that you basically
burnt them right there basically falling apart they’re very very delicate
on occasion do you know I’ve taken them out of my charcoal tin or wherever
they’ve been and it’s been powder which could cause a problem so what I started
doing recently is that been using some old towels and if I hold this up now to
the camera we stand up and get that into focus let’s keep that still so I’m using
some old towel it’s much much much thicker than a t-shirt it’s also got a
loop pile on the top as you see there which actually gives it some extra bulk
and dimension and I’ve found since I’ve been using this it charged just as well
that child’s just just quickly it catches a stack just as well I actually
think it catches us back slightly better because that that lifted pile but anyway
but the real reason the key reason for using toweling now is it it stays nice
and thick once it’s being child it’s much more easily it’s much tougher you
can throw it about a little bit more and not have to worry about it as much as
thin t-shirt type of material so that’s what I’ve been using for some time now
and that’s what I’m gonna char today this nice thick 100% cotton towel just
don’t tell mrs. teevee see ya have you ever had one of those moments
in life where defaults yourself why did I say that why did I tell people that
why did I commit to that I have it was a few minutes ago when I told you that I
was going to make a net on camera in this video literally as the words were
coming out of my mouth I was thinking to myself hang on a minute
you haven’t practiced this at all since you finished your course you weren’t
that good at it on the course you’ve got better right I will go into quite a good
rhythm but it’s been a few weeks since that cause I haven’t practiced it at all
so when so for those of you hanging on to this part in the video thinking are
brilliant my entire life has revolved around seeing kraid make a net in the
woods using his new netting needles from jute twine and a spacer I’m not entirely
sure for you those of you that thought that what the next few minutes are gonna
hold for you but I’m gonna do my very very very best to try and recollect how
the hell you do this and I may at some point don’t tell anybody just between
you and me just the two of us I may at some point have to jump onto my phone
onto YouTube and bring up one of my one of the videos I’ve bookmarked
and to be able to remind me how to get this started and that was the thing that
Paul mentioned on the course the actual making of the holes after you’ve got
started is it’s not simple but because you do it basically it’s wash rinse
repeat wash rinse repeat you do the same thing over and over and over again
hundreds of times potentially but you only start a net once you only ever
start a net ones thousands of holes in it but you only start it once and that’s
the problem you don’t do it very often so and I’ve only done this once and it
was weeks ago and I needed some help with it why don’t we crack on and there
and see how I get on second time around with
fingers crossed now if this hasn’t become clear already I’m about to say
overtly this is very definitely not a tutorial video absolutely not not a
tutorial go away if you think this is a tutorial click off go away
there’s no we’re not just because I’m not to show what I’m doing but secondly
there’s no way I can talk and do this at the same time never going to happen so
I’m going to shut up and focus all my intense brain
processing power I’m just getting this dumb thing started here we go there’s
the spacer there’s the jute twine yeah I now have a loop in the jute twine a
hole if you like that is twice as big as the space I’ll be using and I know it’s
twice as big because I lap I wrapped the jute cord around it twice and tied it
off and as you can see if I bring that up nice and close nice and tight tied
off slide it off the spacer there’s the hole tada
if I get no further than that today I’m happy without far I’ve got there’s that
loop that I’ve just tied there hook it over little twig on the tree and I’m
gonna put them to some tension so that they’re not that form the loop he’s not
at the top it’s not at the bottoms you’ll pardon the pun it’s halfway down
that loop if you look at the loop vertically there now you can see that wasn’t just one
loop there’s now two loops if you – if you were to replicate that as I’m going
to do but trust me I’m not going to bore you by letting you watch it all over and
over again you can start to see how these start to form the holes of the
nets I’ll do a few more with no voice over there’s no way I can do this and
explain it at the same time not yet anywhere maybe in a future video but not
at the moment let’s just repeat that again then more fingers and thumbs at the moment kink that somewhere along the way their
house something’s gone wrong that was going on there and one of them what
ended up being a slipknot maybe the first one now three holes in the net
wash rinse repeat I realize that this is the most
interesting video to watch I get that it’s them I’m not explaining what I’m
doing if you already know how to do this it’s not very interesting watching
somebody else do something you already know and probably probably making a
pig’s ear of it I get that and if you don’t know how to do it I’m really not
helping you I might because I’m not explaining anything but I heard I hope
you kind of understand and empathize that this this part of this video wasn’t
meant to be instructional it’s much more about just capturing me on camera trying
something out not quite for the first time and I must admit gonna come a
shotgun oven here let me come into the camera I must admit I did go off camera
for a little bit and looked at YouTube but getting started is much easier the
second time around and muscle memory plays a huge huge part in this I think I
said that during the course itself on the course the post course video muscle
memory plays a big part it’s just wash rinse repeat it really
really is apart from getting started what I’m doing here is if you look at
this you think to yourself well that’s not really a net Craig that’s just a
long piece of thread with some holes either side of it and you’re right but
what I’m creating with this this long thin piece if you like this this what
will it really looks just like some knotted cordage what I’m doing here is
I’m creating the width of the net at the moment so if I were to make this I don’t
know six foot long six foot deep six foot length that then would suggest that
my nets from across the top from the left hand side to the right hand side or
the right hand sides the left that said he’s going to be six feet then one I can
start to build the depth of the Nets I hope that makes sense so yes I’m making
a net at the moment absolutely I am but it doesn’t look
like a net at the moment it just looks like a long piece of cordage with some
loops hanging off it’s somewhat scruffa Lee I’m creating the top of the net I’ll
come back to you once I’ve created and that what I think is an adequate amount
of a length of for the top of the net and I’ll show you what I do it at that
point there so for those of you thinking that ain’t a net grade you’re absolutely
right not yet it isn’t I’m nearing the cordage living the end of the cordage
that’s on this netting needle at the moment
so that’s when it runs out that’s naturally just gonna be calm be the
width of my net but I’ve just switched the camera back on because I just wanted
to show you from a fairly slow start in just a few minutes really no more than
that to be perfectly honest although you’ve been off camera so don’t expect
you to trust me you can see that it has become quite quick become quite polished
they couldn’t quite flew it fluid I had actually manoeuvring the netting needle maneuvering the spacer to create those
knots to create those loops so before it just becomes very much a case of of
muscle memory almost getting into his own muscle memory really kicks in and
it’s quite a relaxing without machine to sound too touchy-feely it’s quite
relaxing thing to do to be really honest just saying all that eyedrops it
relaxing thing to do to be to be perfectly honest a nice way to just
spend a few hours outdoors in the Sun come away with something productive at
the end and also a decent skill set practiced as well
so I’m coming to the end of this now and that will naturally be the width
of my neck the top of my net if you like then I’ll create the depth to it
remember a few minutes ago where it looked like all I was doing was creating
a very long piece of cordage with the odd loop coming off at angles and it
just didn’t look like a net and I explained that what I was doing was I
was creating the top of the net the width of the net well I’ve done that now
what I’ve then done is I’ve strung that up between two trees and suspended it
and what I want to show you now and yeah I don’t think you’re gonna see if I just
point I’m going to take the camera close up what I want to show you now is is
that is the width of that net those holes starting to drop downwards and
therefore increase the the drop of the net let’s take a closer look there’s one
tree that I’m supporting the net from there’s the other tree that I’m
supporting that foam that’s going a little close there you can get the angle
right this cordage here is nothing more than a washing and that is not part of
the net that’s just there to suspend this net off the floor to allow me to
now move downwards if we move along the width of this I think you’re picking up
it’s always really difficult to tell because of the light bouncing up of the
screen you can start to see kami from left to right she’s the top of the net
there’s only two holes deep lock one hole to hold deep but what I can now do
is I can do the same process that I was doing earlier on there we go we’ve got
to the far right hand edge now let’s go back again I can now repeat that first I
was doing earlier on but instead of creating the width of the net I’m now
creating the drop of the net the depth of the net if you like fairly decent width I would estimate
that to be very taller than me maybe seven or eight foot six to eight foot I
would said probably seven to eight foot of net there alright then let’s get on
actually creating the drop of this net now it’s got a maid home omelette mixer it’s
a couple of eggs it’s a handful of ham and shredded or a couple of tomato
sliced and a few mushrooms chunked up as well just all prepared it I’m kept in
the fridge and now we have pavement pizza wunderbar not quite the omelet and
envisage to be perfectly honest it’s not quite an omelet to be perfectly honest
but I’m sure it will all go down the same way it tastes like an omelet
looks like three-week old roadkill to be honest but it does taste
like an omelet to be fair I’m gonna finish this the start
stripping the fire down and make my way home I’m very mindful we didn’t get to
see the ogre did with the ogre the alga the ogre we didn’t get to see that just
where that sound I’m afraid it’s like 7:00 p.m. now and the dog wants her
teeth the dog wants it safe the kids are still on school hold this I want to get
home and see them before they get into bed and I still got probably about a
45-minute drive home so I’ll be on my way so apologies if you’ve hung around
for the ogre the algorithm I will do another video on it and I’ll probably do
a video to be honest which makes more sense introducing it making a handle for
it and actually do some craft projects for it rather than kind of splitting out
the handle making for the craft projects I’ll probably doing all in one video so
it might actually be better overall let’s think about what we did do in this
video then what I was aiming to do I used the heavier tools for processing
that something I’ve noticed a lot of today especially working with cordage
not having a knife with you it’s a really big hindrance there was no way I
was gonna cut cordage with the axe it could do it of course it could do it but
unlike a knife that you carry on you it is very on your hip an axe isn’t an axe
he’s let up against a tree or something my hammer cocks on my bag or something
like that and doing the amount of cord cutting that was doing today that just
wasn’t feasible so in the end I was using my lighter a lot to earn the jute
twine to split it dampen the ends and then work from there so I did notice
doing and working with cordage and not having a two hand cutting tool was a
problem but it really didn’t impact your me in any other way today and in fact
having an axe and having the saw when it came to the tree felling was was
absolutely the right thing to do so I did not really honestly miss the knife
or the barcode folding that land of sorts today so it was a good exercise to
come out with just the heavier kit maybe I’ll do that more often
you saw me making it or you’ve seen me start
you make a net and I said right from the word goes was not going to be a tutorial
about net make him it wasn’t a tutorial about net making it look if you’ve never
seen one before it looks quite impressive I saw I say myself actually
there’s quite a few problems with it some of the holes are bigger than the
others some of the knots are not tied quite right so they’ve become a slipknot
which makes some how small of the holes bigger but a really really really good
exercise to come out and to keep practicing that what I love about the
net making is I can take that away with me now can just one tight from the trees
collapse it all together when I get home in the garden somewhere else I can tight
up between some trees put a bit of tension and I can pick up where I left
off it is a completely transportable thing to be able to move around it and
practice with indifference I can do that at home I could string it up at home
don’t tell the missus between a couple of dining chairs and just work from
there so I really really enjoyed doing that the check off came up well I’ve now
got about sixty pieces of char cloth good to go the reason I’m making so many
and I kind of do them on a semi industrial scale is i am i sell flint on
ebay sounds like a weird thing to do doesn’t it but not everywhere in this
country in the UK has Flint as predominant as I do in the southeast of
UK living on on chalky soil and chalky cliffs as those but you can’t go
anywhere within a mile of my house and not trip over big chunks and small
chunks of Linux everywhere so I sell that on eBay and I also put in a couple
of pieces of char cloth with it as well if you’re interested in looking I’m
going to put in the link in the description below and that’s why I kind
of when I do produce Chappell if I produce it on a massive scale because
where I sell the flim I just take a few pieces out and drop it in with the Flint
as well all in all being a successful day I’ve enjoyed it yeah I only came out
excuse me a very late afternoon just before a very late afternoon only been
out two three hours thoroughly enjoyable probably got just
as much done today as I would do if I came out for a full day just
more focused apologies again if you’re hanging around for the alga Olga Olga
introduction I’ll do that in another video
other than that I’m gonna finish finish I’m gonna finish off the roadkill will I
was probably gonna help make she’s making some strange noises off-camera
I’ll get the photo taken down and I’ll see you very shortly in my next video
thanks for watching you know subs do you want to do the outro or should I do it
I’ll do the outro thank you she looked like she was considering it then she
might make a better job of it than me if you’re not yet a subscriber you know
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  • The Bushcraft Padawan

    🔥Here's the link to the eBay listing that I mentioned in the video > https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F263939126372

  • seanthomasdowd

    Well done Craig, the net result was a bucking good video, for several reasons I don't swap out kit, I have no transport and can physically only walk 10 miles max also I bushcraft/wildcamp mostly in the northwest of England so my kit is optimised for weight and terrain and rarely changes, btw I gave up on charcloth years ago and use more renewable sources such as charred punk wood and amadou, but one good tip would be to twist the t shirt cotton in strips like turkey twizzlers before charring makes the end result more durable

  • ewjorgy

    Hi Craig,

    Nice job on the net making! I made a netting needle myself yesterday so I can make some quick and dirty nets to hang pumpkins that are growing on my trellis! Ugly but functional. My nets are triangular.

    Anyways, thanks for another great video and keep up the great work!

  • Michael

    Hi Craig
    I’ve started making char cloth using Denim.
    50p from a charity shop. Brilliant.
    Robust too. Not used anything else.


    Great Video

  • The Hooded Mans Bushcraft

    I saw someone on youtube doing them on a vid when i started watching them. I thought that was the dogs i never knew people made nets lol. Specially not bushcrafters i always thought they bought things like that. I made one. Inside a tepee frame before putting the skins on. I was. Stunned how fast it came together. I didnt use no threader. I think i might have used a twig after a bit lol

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