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Bush Craft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival

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With clear instructions, extensive use of diagrams and a color photo supplement, this comprehensive reference includes all the practical skills and knowledge essential to survive and enjoy the wilderness.
Paperback, 303 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Lone Pine Publishing (first published December 31st 1988)
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“Bushcraft” is an amazing read. I keep it by my bedside, usually reading from it for a few minutes before I fall asleep. Mors Kochanski is a life long wilderness educator from Canada. Much of his body knowledge I had no idea existed. For example, just the first two pages of his chapter on “The Birches” had 17 facts that I was unaware of and I have lived around and worked with these trees my whole life ( “ Birches were among the first trees to move North in the wake of the receding glaciers duri ...more
Jim Morrison
This book certainly does what it sets out to do. Kochanski certainly is an experienced expert that has tried every outdoor survival technique in the woods. He has extensive and valuable chapters on knives, saws, and the axe. He discusses shelters and lighting fires and using cordage thoroughly. I considered myself somewhat knowledgeable in this field, but I knew nothing compared to Kochanski. He is the real deal. Lots of great illustrations (by the author!). Good index, about 300 pages and a col ...more
This was one of the first survival books my Dad gae me. To be more accurate he gave me two, and this was the second. He brought it back from a trip he took to Canada for work. I devoured it as soon as he gave it to me. The book spends a lot of time explaining how to safely use an axe. After I had studied it enough I asked my Dad to point out a tree that I could fell (cut down). He pointed out an old Box-elder tree that stood in our pasture and had a 30+ inch d.b.h. (diameter at breat height). It ...more
Tom Nysetvold
Interesting material on survival at northern latitudes. Material on knives, axes, shelters, fires, etc. is useful and well-illustrated. Some of the material on different kinds of trees dragged a bit in a through-reading although I'm sure it'd be useful in the wild.
Feb 13, 2009 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in learning primitive skills.
Recommended to Paul by: Friends from
Great book for people who are already skilled in the outdoors but want to perfect the art of "living with less," specifically, the art of bushcraft, or living with very little man-made gear.
These are all skills which can be used/translated into use on shorter trips as long as the hypothetical, "SHTF" scenarios.
Again, this is a great book with superbly done line drawings and diagrams which adequately illustrate the author's point. It is handbook sized and ready for your next trip!
A brilliant book on the skills of bushcraft. Focuses on the northern forests of the world so all you guys in the southern hemisphere would do better with Ray Mears but for anyone in the north of the world this is a great book on the subject. Also, it tackles bushcraft from quiet a different angle than the likes of Ray Mears, this one is more about long term comfort building, living as opposed to surviving.
One of the best wilderness survival books I have ever read . Extensive descriptions and diagraming on dozens of ways to start a fire to cook and keep warm, building shelters, as well as others exceptional tips. Layed out in am easy way to comprehend. Authors draws great diagrams . Very highly recommended to all, from hikers to survivalists .
This is a book I will probably never stop reading. The information in it is so dense that it'll take years to soak in.
David Bailey
Serious, solid work. Quite N American focused. Still a good work for those who yearn to explore.
Andy Fox
Excellent book with wilderness-tested principles and skills not found in most other books.
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