Philip Werner Outdoor Skills Books. Covering firecraft, axecraft, knifecraft, sawcraft, bindcraft, and sheltercraft, Kochanski provides a wealth of information and rich illustrations about each technique along with a variety of applications that you can practice on your own. Having read it, I also now realize how dangerous an axe is in untrained hands and the need for hands-on instruction. For example, I learned how to construct a parallel firelay, which is a fire that will burn all night, and keep you warm from head to toe. Once lit, you lay down lengthwise next to the fire and it will keep you warm while you sleep. Definitely a great read.
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Longtime wilderness educator Mors Kochanski has dedicated his life to learning and teaching about the lore of the forest. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bushcraft , please sign up. Did this book improve your bushcrafting skill? See 1 question about Bushcraft….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 14, Thomas rated it it was amazing. I keep it by my bedside, usually reading from it for a few minutes before I fall asleep. Mors Kochanski is a life long wilderness educator from Canada. Much of his body knowledge I had no idea existed. I once took a two hour class on knife craft from Kochanski.
His disclaimer was that he could only teach us a tiny bit of information on the topic in that time limit, and that his full instructions on the subject would typically require three or four days, instructing 8 hours a day. Feb 23, Brent Waby rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. If you live anywhere north of the 30th parallel, and spend anytime in the bush, buy this book.
It's as simple as that. The amount of knowledge Kochanski packs into this small, easy to carry package is insane. Shelters, firecraft, axecraft, hunting, foraging, trapping, fishing, you name it, and I bet it's in there. As mentioned, it relevance dips the further south you get, as he mainly lived in the Canadian north.
But, even if you aren't in boreal forest, a lot of his craft can still be applied i If you live anywhere north of the 30th parallel, and spend anytime in the bush, buy this book. But, even if you aren't in boreal forest, a lot of his craft can still be applied in other environments. You couldn't ask for a more comprehensive, and easy way to add to your repertoire of soldiering skills, and will probably take more away from it then you would in most military-ran courses on the subject.
Feb 12, Nicholas Transue rated it really liked it. Tons of information to be found in this book. Not only a great introduction to wilderness survival methods but also a book filled with additional detail on even the smallest of differences between trees. Highly recommend this book for anyone who spends time in the great outdoors.
Mar 28, Max Hemingway rated it it was amazing Shelves: bushcraft. Mors is a great mave in Bushcraft and this book provide a good insight into his knowledge. Well worth reading. Dec 25, Andrew Galster rated it it was amazing. Takes your outdoor skills to a new level. Lots of good ideas for makeshift camp tools and structures. Changes your thinking on what's possible with the bush craft vs "survival" skills. Dec 29, C. Mackenzie rated it it was amazing. It's a pretty good read for beginners.
I wish there were more illustrations, but no complaints. Apr 01, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: bushcraft-woodcraft-traditional-ski. This was one of the first survival books my Dad gae me. To be more accurate he gave me two, and this was the second. He brought it back from a trip he took to Canada for work. I devoured it as soon as he gave it to me.
The book spends a lot of time explaining how to safely use an axe. After I had studied it enough I asked my Dad to point out a tree that I could fell cut down. It This was one of the first survival books my Dad gae me. It took me over a week to cut it down. I worked at it everynight after chores, and before supper. This book is more about thriveing in the wild than it is surviving.
I reccomend it to anyone that would rather participate in nature than simply pass through it. Feb 28, James Morrison rated it it was amazing. This book certainly does what it sets out to do. Kochanski certainly is an experienced expert that has tried every outdoor survival technique in the woods. He has extensive and valuable chapters on knives, saws, and the axe.
He discusses shelters and lighting fires and using cordage thoroughly. I considered myself somewhat knowledgeable in this field, but I knew nothing compared to Kochanski. He is the real deal. Lots of great illustrations by the author! Good index, about pages and a col This book certainly does what it sets out to do. Good index, about pages and a colour he is Canadian photo supplement. Worthwhile book: outstanding. Feb 27, Paul rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone interested in learning primitive skills.
Recommended to Paul by: Friends from bushcraftusa. Shelves: survival-preparedness , handbooks , hunting. Great book for people who are already skilled in the outdoors but want to perfect the art of "living with less," specifically, the art of bushcraft, or living with very little man-made gear. Again, this is a great book with superbly done line drawings and diagrams which adequately illustrate the author's point.
It is handbook sized and ready for your next trip! Dec 17, Rory rated it it was amazing. A brilliant book on the skills of bushcraft.
Focuses on the northern forests of the world so all you guys in the southern hemisphere would do better with Ray Mears but for anyone in the north of the world this is a great book on the subject.
Also, it tackles bushcraft from quiet a different angle than the likes of Ray Mears, this one is more about long term comfort building, living as opposed to surviving. Dec 05, Koa Smith rated it it was amazing.
Very informative and valuable, and although it is meant for the wilderness of northern Canada it deals with valuble skills that are applicable almost anywhere. The book deals with fire and shelter craft as well as the use of knives, saws, and axes in the wild and the uses of conifers, birches, shrubs and moose. I found the illustrations helpful and it was an easy read. Mar 09, Brian rated it it was amazing. One of the best wilderness survival books I have ever read.
Bushcraft : Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
Mors Kochanski November 10, — December 5, was a Canadian bushcraft and wilderness survival instructor, naturalist , and author. He acquired an international following and instructed for both military and civilians in Canada, the US, the UK and Sweden. He died from peritoneal mesothelioma in The Kochanski family immigrated to Canada from Poland in
Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
Mors Kochanski is known throughout North America and the world for his extensive work in outdoor education, survival and wilderness living. His enthusiasm for wilderness recreation, his extensive knowledge of the field, and his desire to learn everything there is to know about the wilderness has made him one of the foremost authorities on wilderness skills. Mors Kochanski has been an outdoor educator and survival instructor for over 40 years, twenty three of which as a sessional professor for the University of Alberta; a few months of which were at the Canadian Department of National Defense Survival School at Jarvis Lake, Alberta. Today, if a course or instructor has any solid foundation in modern survival skills or Bushcraft, the odds are that they are likely based on a teaching, a skill or idea that Mors had some input in developing — whether they know it or not. He popularized the term 'bushcraft' and coined the familiar saying "the more you know, the less you carry".