I saw a very interesting video today on you tube pertaining to the defination of what is bushcraft .......... the video my Tim Smith detailed a chart designed by a friend of mine Stuart Goring (credit where credits due) which contained three overlaping circles - circle one was primitive skills, such as fire by friction. circle 2 was modern skills such as camping and the use of a nylon tarp. circle 3 was re-enactment or classical camping such as canvas shelters and flint and steel - now the video argued that where the three circles overlapped that was bushcraft ......... further it argued that by being thus viewed it was also inclusive of all "disciplines of the outdoorsman.
A good theory and a nice cuddly way of including all people no matter how little or much they know or how little or much kit they like to use and one I would say was pretty reasonable.
BUT (and no words before a but are usually worth anything)
I still cant argee, and further I still cant understand the need to define bushcraft ........... firstly where the three fields overlap they create a triangle of skills that would surely be bushcraft and not the entire circles ........... if we thus agree this small triple over lap area is bushcraft then surely this tells us that a small part of such field is bushcraft and not the whole? It therefore doesnt define which skills are deemed bushcraft and which arent? For example how much bushcraft is there in modern camping where the camper rolls up in his mobile home with electric fittings and satellite tv? Yet going by the defination used on the video this is bushcraft??
Do we need a definition?? I dont feel I need to define my hobby, the thing that gives me pleasure - it just is what I do and have done all my life ..................if I need to define them then I'll turn to Ray Mears Original and best book "the survival handbook" (the green one as its know) here Rays introduces us to bushcraft thus,"do you like clean air, fresh water and the wonders of the natural world? if so read on for this book is wrtten for you. The skills contained within this book are not new, experts have been writing about them for nearly a hundred years, grouping them together under the well-suited title of woodcraft ............... the aim is to describe the methods by which you can find natural alternatives to modern outdoors equipment, and by so doing enhance your perception of nature"