Generic kit list

A recent new member on BES posted a question about kit - he asked what kit he needed as a newbie to bushcraft and who the best makers are? Suffice to say several replies soon pointed out that you dont really need specialist kit and certainly not brand names ........... the experienced outdoors man selects kit that works and is value for money, its only the inexperienced bushcrafter who follows the trends allowing (they hope) others experience to dicate what should be good clothing ............

Anyway for our friend I made this short video



Another bunny wood weekend

Another weekend down in the bunny woods - vermin control never was such fun! Or as tasty!!

Upon arrival I was greeted by a target rich enviroment so before I even hoisted my rucksack onto my back I had potted my first bunny!

But that was the only rabbit I shot the whole weekend as I wanted to conscentrate on snares and as such we put out a total of 16 snares and these took 9 bunnies in a 24 hour period which I thought was quite impressive - we worked a differnet part of the area to last time and I think this was one reason for the success - also due to lack of fresh sign I am almost convinced we harvested most of the rabbits in the old area last time.

I set out a mix of snares, some the traditional english style the rest using the metal tiller stick and I have to say the modern snares were much more effective for me this weekend than the traditional style.

Dinner Saturday evening was a rabbit stew made with some of the rabbits we caught and a variety of veggies form my garden - fresh food, all produced (one way or another) naturally - and very tasty too!!

Of course inthe evening we had a cheese board and this time treated ourselves to a nice bottle of red wine too!

Lastly, it was very noticable how late to rippen the fruit was in this area! Wet weather or a late summer?? I dont know but I think if winter arrives early and is a harsh one then many of the plants and animals in the area might find it hard going especially if by then they havent completed their cycles!



Exciting news - the BFK could well be back!! British made, with nickle silver butt plate and rosewood scales (lending its Scandinavian style a British flavour)

I'm taking names to work out the level of interest but not, as yet, comitment - if your interested please email me at bearclaw.

In the mean time I am to end trials before Christmas and have the first batch ready for Santa to deliver!!

For those who dont know the BFK below is a picture of the MK I

And best of all I reckon the MkII will even cost less - win win all round!!



Dear ALL,

There comes a time in every mans life when he realises he has to many knives ............ yes sadly today is the day for me "(

But be of good cheer for my hope is that my realisation will benefit you dear reader as I've decided to sell off a few - and now you can snap them up at a bargain price ............ consider it recycling!

 Above are the tools for sale - remember you must be over 18 to purchase any of these.

Items are numbered and below is a brief description (left click on picture for a better look|)

1 - Finnish Double hunter - new (old stock) stainless blades - sale price 35
2 - 9" Nepal service kukri with modified handle - comes new and complete - sale price 35
3 - 12" British army service kukri with modified handle - comes new and complete - sale price 50
4 - Survivall kukri - modified dangle sheath - used - sale price 35
5 - small finnish puukko - 3 inch blade - sale price 20 SOLD
6 - small swedish puuko - stainless 3 " - new - sale price 20 SOLD
7 - chris reeve aviator - rare collectors item - offers only
8 - svord drop point - used - sale price 25
9 - damasscus and scrimshaw viking puukko - sale price 70 SOLD
10 - fallkniven a1 - used - sale price 50 SOLD PAYMENT PENDING
11 - custom F1 - used - sale price 40 SOLD PAYMENT PENDING

All prices in GBP and postage will be 5.99 recorded delivery - open to offers or swaps .............. grab  a bargain - contact me at


Nordmarken now live!!

Dear Readers, thank you to those who have left comments or sent emails ect regarding the launch of Nordmarken UK - today I'm pleased to announce we have gone live!!

I look forward to seeing you Lakeside!!

Valkommen till oss!!


video clip

I'm toying witht he idea of doing a series of how to videos based around my adventures in Sweden - in the meantime heres a link to a video made some time ago - enjoy


whats brown and sticky ............

A stick!

But that is unless its been in the hands of my old friend Tomo. Seems like only yesterday I was teaching him how to carve a spoon one warm sunny day - little did I know the seed I was sowing as now his spoons are spectacular but its his carved walking sticks that shine!

Walking sticks, staffs call them what you will are great items for the hikers and the bushcrafter to carry and use - ranging in use from a walking stick to a bash pole and everything in between.

Tomo's particular skill is in the carving of faces onto the shaft - woodland spirits, Thor or Odin each face has its own character and charm.

If your interested in obtaining such and item or would like a master class to carve your own - drop me a line at Bearclaw Bushcraft.

Tomo's sticks are the two outer ones in the right hand picture!


More cadets .............

This weekend I got to spend time running another bushcraft course for air cadets - this time for squadrons based over in Kent.

I also go to meet a few old friends from the cadets and to share the company of my old army buddy Tomo.

The Majority of the cadets were there doing there Duke of Edingburg awards so werent involved with us but a few lucky guys, some less than 6 months in uniform, got to experience the pleasures of bushcraft.

For these we covered the usual basic skills fire, food, shelter and water as well as the cutting tool skills for axe, knife and saw.

Overall the cadets worked well and a high standard was achieved - the entire weekend was excellent, the weather was humid and the lush folige almost jungle like - the odd shower added to the realism and ensured that the group shelter was well built warm and toasty.


As always its a pleasure to teach the next generation the skills of our forebears and a privilage to know they will one day take foreward the lessons taught them to the generations to come. As the song says "children are the future, teach them well"