View Full Version : 2008 - which skill(s) are you planning to master?
i wasn't part of this site untill recently so i didn't feel like adding to the 2007 thread. What are you going to do?
For me it will be:
Archery: compound bow, broadhead into coke can at 100 meters.
(seems almost imposible from where i am now)
Fly Fishing: accurate 40 meter casts, Trout, Seabass and Pike
(still pleading the Mrs for a fly rod for birthday/crimbo)
Summer and winter survival training
(cash and weekends off not looking good)
Wish me luck\\:D/
After ive learned to walk again on my prosthetic leg, im going to learn how to paddle an open canoe for my bushcrafting adventures,so i can save the wear and tear on my good leg!!!
Get FA qualification up to scratch and continue learning new plants and wild edibles, especially in spring.
Cracking the hand drill would be a real bonus too!
This year has been spoons, spoons, spoons. Next year will be bows, bows and a few arrows too.
using it to develop the bimble as a personal art form. With so much going on in the world, I reckon I'll learn something of value. :)
I am really getting into wild edible foods
Edible wild plants
18th century winter travel (snowshoing, winter camping)
Building a ca. 1700 flintlock trade gun
I will continue to study natural cordage making materials. I can make a fire by friction, but I want to MASTER it! (I think I will make a pump drill) I have never done any carving to speak of (whittling, yes) and I would like to make a spoon. I just need a crooked knife. Speaking of which, I also would like to finally fire up one of my forges and learnt to do some blacksmithing. Maybe I can make my own crooked knife.
I am wanting to forrage for wild food a lot more, to suppliment my usual cooking with wild ingredients. I am pretty good at plant id, but I am not as good as I would like to be at plant usage. I want to carry on getting to know the umbellifers (carrot family) too.
As I now live next to the coast, I would love to be able to eat seafood, but I am having big troubles there, I just don't like it, any of it....Seems such a waste, there is loads of shell fish here and the fishing is good...
I spent an hour every Saturday trying to learn a skill, all last year. This year, I will spend at least 2 hours on Saturdays and on Sundays.
I hope by this years end I will be able to walk upright and chew gum at the same time, with the best of them.
Good luck Dill! :)
For '08 I want to tackle and hopefully master the art of spoon carving. I'm also going to try my hand at knife building this year.
i would like to do a bit of canoeing this year
and just generally getting out more
the bow drill sounds good not had a go at that yet
Most of my time will be used getting gear ready for outings and being out and about.
I spent this last year looking for the right, for me, alcohol stove, for my alone outings. I bet I have built 50 different designed stoves and bought several to try.
I try-ed several axes for my alone outings and picked a Mini I like.
I built (Sewed) a 9X11 Gortex tarp for my alone outings. I like Gortex better then syl Nylon.
After trying several cook sets I think I will just stick to the old Sierra 5 piece set I started with. I got it from campmore about 5 years ago and after much trying and buying, I found this set best fits me.
I have no Idea what I will try this year but I am going to try to get a fire started with natural flint and steel. I want to build a bow drill and get a fire started with that. I also am looking at big (5" blade or so)folding knives to try for bush carry. I want a folder as a back up to the 2 fixed blades I carry.
I really want to master the bowdrill this year and to improve my woodcarving.
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