Have you ever wanted to practice your bushcraft techniques but don’t have time to adventure out of town? Or maybe the weather isn’t in your favor. Or with Covid-19, most people are on lockdown.
I myself don’t always have the time or energy to go on a multiple day bushcraft camping trip. So I am always practicing my bushcraft skills and bushcraft techniques around the house whenever possible.
As you know, bushcraft requires a certain set of skills that are always being refined and practiced. Every trip will require these skills in one way or the other. So what can we practice when we can’t make it out into the wilderness you ask? Well let me talk about what bushcraft skills to practice at home.
Knife Sharpening – A good bushcraft knife is mandatory as we know. But so is actually keeping your bushcrafting knife sharp. A great, relaxing bushcraft skill to practice in your home is knife sharpening. Knife sharpening isn’t an easy skill to learn.
There are a few different ways to sharpen a knife. You have manual knife sharpeners, electric knife sharpeners, and a slew of other types of honing steels. Our favorite style of bushcraft knife sharpener is a whetstone knife sharpener. Such as the Sharp Pebble Premium Whetstone Knife Sharpening Stone 2 Side Grit 1000/6000 Waterstone- Whetstone Knife Sharpener- NonSlip Bamboo Base & Angle Guide. Available on Amazon for $40.
Learning to effectively sharpen a blade is an invaluable bushcraft skill to have. Not only can you keep your favorite bushcraft knife sharp. You can also sharpen your bushcraft hatchet as well.
Knot Tying – Another crucial bushcrafting skill is knot tying. From tying the best knot for a tent. To hanging your hang bag to keep the bears away. Knowing how to tie a knot, and when to use the knot can be crucial for a successful bushcrafting adventure.
I particularly like to practice like I play, so I practice most of my knots with a thin paracord. I like to use thin paracord because it takes up much less space. You can find it on Amazon. I’m currently using the Red MS03 1.18mm x 125′ Micro Cord Paracord Made in the USA which is $8.50 on Amazon.
Some of the best bushcrafting survival knots to know are:
The Bowline Knot – Good for making a fixed loop on the end of your rope
The Clove Hitch Knot – Secures lines running along a series of posts, belaying, and starting lashings
The Sheet Bend Knot – Good for joining two ropes together
The Alpine Butterfly Loop Knot – Good for making a fixed loop in the middle of a rope
The Truckers Hitch Knot – Good for making a rope very tight, such as to secure an object
Reading – Another one of my favorite ways to stay current on my bushcraft skills and techniques, is to read books about wilderness survival.
Reading can be invaluable for learning new bushcraft and survival skills. We have an article on some of the best bushcraft survival books that can be found here https://thesavagecamper.com/best-books-to-learn-bushcraft/.
Fire Starting – Another easy bushcraft skill to practice is firestarting. All you need is a backyard or a grill. Most people can find one of the two even in the city. Even if you plan to use a lighter or matches when bushcraft fire starting. Being able to use an emergency magnesium fire starter could come in handy or potentially be life saving.
Even better if you can find some wood to practice fire building. An often overlooked skill is keeping a fire going after the initial start. It is incredibly easy to smother a fire with too much fuel.
We also have a great guide on how to start a campfire in the rain that can be found here https://thesavagecamper.com/how-to-start-a-campfire-in-the-rain/
Cooking and Recipe Practice – Everyone loves to eat. So why not make it a learning experience also? Practice new bushcraft camping recipes at home before trying them out in the bush. Perfect your cooking skills without the added pressure of the very real hunger in the bush.
Wood Carving – Wood carving utensils are a pastime of a true bushcraft survivalist. There is something about making your own spoon out in the bush. What better time to practice and hone those skills, than in the comfort of your own home?
Take it with you on your next survival adventure. Or keep it as a memento to your bushcraft progress.
We hope some of these ideas will allow you to practice bushcraft in the city, or from your home. We don’t always have the option of going off into the bush to practice our bushcraft survival skills.
None the less, we can always practice and learn to be more prepared for our next bushcraft adventure.