“Bushcraft” is a video series that will begin by following Jason as he builds a bushcraft shelter in Grey County, Ontario woodlands. From there the series will continue to illustrate bushcraft skills and wilderness skills development topics.
“It’s quite a unique project,” says Eke, “I decided to begin filming the program in winter so that we’d be able to show wilderness survival skills in a slightly harsher environment. The first few episodes deal directly with building a bushcraft shelter using only naturally found materials and lashed together using cordage.”
Bushcraft is a term for wilderness survival skills. The term was popularized in the Southern Hemisphere by Les Hiddins (aka “the Bush Tucker Man”) as well as in the United Kingdom by Ray Mears.
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and developing the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, navigation by natural means, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, water sourcing, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials.
Bushcraft – Episode One
Realizing that I don’t need to travel hours away from home to get outdoors in and into a wilderness area to practice my camp skills, I’ve decided to set up a wilderness camp here in Grey County, Ontario.
In this first video I go and scout out a suitable place to build a bushcraft basecamp and set up a temporary A-frame tarp shelter that I can use if the weather turns bad while I’m out there, and then dig and build a fire pit.
It’s the beginning of this new adventure.
Bushcraft – Episode Two
In this second video, fighting off a flu I decide to bring Pip out with me to the Bushcraft Camp for moral support. Together we begin to build our semi-permanent shelter with what natural resources we have available to us.
Situated in a mostly mixed hardwood forest, the majority of the available timber is Ironwood and Ash hardwoods. Building the shelter is harder than I had anticipated, partly due to fighting off a flu and partly due to running the camera.
Despite the obstacles, I manage to get a basic lean-to tarp shelter set up that will continue to provide a dry area for firewood storage and be the basis for what I will continue to build on.
Bushcraft – Episode Three
I’ve wanted to build a Wilderness Camp for the past few years. The idea is to create a wilderness camp that would include a shelter, fire pit, cooking facilities, storage/firewood area, and a bushcrafting area.
In this episode, after discovering a disappointment at camp I continue to build the camp shelter as winter takes hold of the area.
Bushcraft – Episode Four
With temperatures dropping below freezing and more and more snow has been falling, I decide to focus on building the walls of the camp shelter to help keep snow from blowing inside.
Bushcraft – Episode Five
In this episode, it’s December 25th and once again heavy snow has been falling overnight and continues. With the front of the camp shelter not finished, I’m worried about the shelter filling with snow and my firewood supply buried.