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At Howl Bushcraft we provide an insight into the Natural world, opening up a vast array of natural resources and knowledge. We teach practical skills in a friendly and pragmatic way, skills that actually get used while outdoors. In this way we hope to enable you to act on your interests and take those first steps into the greatest of adventures. The confidence gained from knowing you carry fire in your muscles and mind will change your outlook on the world, suddenly the wilderness will seem full of allies. 

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

Howl Bushcraft Blog

Canoe Outfit - PFD Kit

Jamie Dakota

With our canoe expedition launching next year I thought this to be a good time to refresh a key bit of equipment in my outdoor outfit: my personal buoyancy device. Until now I've typically borrowed PFD's from centres or friends when I've been out on the water, but given that this aspect of my outdoor pursuits in increasing in frequency I'm using it as a good excuse to finally buy my own! In this article I'll outline how I ready a PFD for backwoods travel, in unison with what I carry on my person.

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Tarp Knots- Keep it Taut

Jamie Dakota

The third and final knot in the series I use regularly to pitch my tarp when camping. In the last article we looked at anchoring one end of the ridgeline with the Evenk Hitch; this article with cover the knot at the other end- The Taut Tarp Hitch. These two hitches used alongside the slippery guyline hitch are all you need to secure a tight and evenly pitched tarp.

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June's Walk Follow Up

Jamie Dakota

Each month I lead a relaxed Sunday evening walk around the beautiful Grenoside Woods, we look at various aspects of tree and plant knowledge as well as some specific bushcraft knowledge. During June’s walk we had a couple of discussions which I wanted to summarise concisely here for those that attended, but also to those that haven’t been on a walk with us yet an insight into what we find when we’re wandering around.

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Tarp Knots- Tarp to Tail

Jamie Dakota

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE IN THIS BLOG FEATURING THE METHOD I EMPLOY TO TIE A GUYLINE OUT TO AN ANCHOR POINT, I THOUGHT WE'D LOOK AT THE OTHER END OF THE LINE AND EXPLORE A COUPLE OF KNOTS I EMPLOY TO ATTACH THE GUYLINE TO THE TARP CORNERS.

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Personal Carry Kit for a Canoe Trip

Jamie Dakota

Following along with my prep for next week's canoe trip this quick article will highlight what I'll be carrying in my pockets and on my person. Generally I usually have a combination of all this equipment on me whilst in the outdoors, and it forms the foundation of my wilderness outfit.

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Making Garlic Bread With Jack...

Jamie Dakota

This time of year is an excellent time to begin an interest in foraging for wild food. I generally dip into natures larder to augment what's in the cupboards at home, and today I wanted to share a simple recipe for a garlic bread. Using three home ingredients and two foraged from a walk in the woods with my kids this morning, we'll smash out a amazing rustic loaf in about 30 minutes.

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The Start of a Canoeing Adventure

Jamie Dakota

Always the student of Nature, I've decided this year to increase my experience in canoeing... from not much to some! I also thought it might to useful to log my progress this year to see what it is I learn. Here, then, is my first attempt at a day pack for a two day trip I have coming up. Based largely on what I'd pack for hiking bag, with the addition of a 'ditch kit' for when (not if) I fall in the Loch. So, what's in my pack:

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The Adjustable (slippery) Guyline Hitch, stay flexible!

Jamie Dakota

Knots can seem daunting, especially when you're new to them, and knowing which ones will be useful to you when faced with a bookful is enough to put anyone off; so in this and the next couple of articles I'll highlight the knots I use most often. Here we'll look at the Adjustable Guyline Hitch.

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Home is where the tarp is...

Jamie Dakota

Hot flask, binoculars, waterproof jacket, lunch...all essential for a walk in the backcountry true but many a lunchtime break has been damped by rain and soggy, soggy sandwiches.

Carrying a tarp in your rucksack when outdoors has become a habit for me, being from the island paradise that is Great Britain has meant I've had to grow up with a constant watch on the horizon for rain even in the summer, and a good lightweight tarp in my pack has saved many a lunchtime from an otherwise miserable fate

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Round House Weekend Build

Jamie Dakota

In collaboration with Tom Bardon at Greenman Learning we'd planned to build a small scale outdoor classroom of sorts, a kind of multi functional space of utility and humble beauty. As we planned the build we realised there would be a fair amount of practical joinery work and tool use which could be useful for other outdoor practitioners to learn. Thus we embarked on designing a weekend around delivering basic methods of round wood building and hand tool skills. Importantly we wanted to give participants the opportunity to spend some time in the woods without having to look after their usual groups, and work towards learning new skills on a substantial project. A fully catered night in our private woods it was then!

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