|Dave Canterbury's bushcraft 101 has been reviewed before, I have seen at least one review on a US forum slatting the book but what the reviewer seemed to fail to understand is the definition of the term 101 -|
101 Definition / 101 Means
|The definition of 101 is "Basic introduction"|
With this in mind the reader knows what to expect and that is exactly what you get. It is a VERY basic book aimed at the beginner.
Over half the content is about kit - not skills although there are little snippets of such dotted about the book. This is great for the beginner and there is even a kit list broken down from pocket kit all the way up to rucksack but oddly this list is at odds with the further chapters?
As a for example in the kit list (found at 10% on the kindle) makes no mention of any form of water carriage ie bottle and yet he later goes on to talk about water bottles and which are best, pointing out how important water is ...... so why no water bottle on the kit list??
OK it might be an over site, if you read the whole book you should realise this but as the book seems to be aimed at the novice they might not get this! More to the point if they were to just copy out the kit list and pack it before heading off to the woods they would soon be thirsty and potentially, in a desert area, this might prove deadly!
So if you are a novice and buy this book please cross reference everything to ensure you cover yourself. Oh ya and if you practice bow drill while the image in the book probably isn't drawn by Dave I should point of the loop on the bow is on the wrong side of the string - loop on the outside generally makes bow drilling more successful in my experience.
There are some good items in the book also - plans for a axe sheath for example. And a lot of items about traditional gear which interested me even though I have made Roycroft frames and done the whole blanket roll thing it still made good reading.
One thing I did like about the book was that it gave me pause to consider and rethink my own kit - something I do all the time anyway.
So pros' - its a easy read, the few pictures it contains are clear, the recipes at the back are handy and I will be trying the hard tack one tonight. If your a beginner this book is clear and concise with good kit definitions.
Con's - very few pictures, nothing new to be found in the pages if you have any experience. The odd, blatant plug for his own brand/shop cheapened the book and seemed a little cynical to me.
Summary - a good book for a beginner, a good read for anyone with a few hours to spare but not inspiring to none novices. DC fans will probably like it and I'd recommend it to any newbie confused about what kit to carry or buy but beyond that it didn't live up to what I was expecting or hoping for. All that said I don't regret the £7 I spent on it for my kindle but I wouldn't pay more for it.
Lastly, Ray Mears once said that any book you read, if you can gleen one snippet of info from it, is worth the read. By that definition it is worth a read but only just.
DAVE CANTERBURY'S BUSHCRAFT 101
Posted by Survivall at 2.9.14