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We have to be very careful with bushcraft. We have to be very careful with our intentions. That is because there is only so much time in our short lives.
In other words, what we take from bushcraft should be those things that cannot be replicated by better modern methods. Now there are people who swear by bones and stones. When you have steel you are far superior to anything bone and stone can become.
Why not have steel and why not depend on steel? We are not waiting for the Europeans to come back and trade steel with us, its all over! If you are really worried about it carry three knives in kydex holsters strapped to different parts of your body. Trust in steel.
That said, bushcraft is an incredible practice when it comes to things like shelter and understanding the natural world. Here are three skills that we all should look to absorb from our time practicing bushcraft.
Tree Identification and Use
Trees are a four season resource. This means that long after plants are gone you are going to be able to use things like bark and inner bark to treat illness, cuts or even to eat. Trees are also the best building materials in the natural world. The bark of some trees make great cordage.
Wilderness Shelter Building
The ability to build with natural materials is very important. Everything from using rocks to reflect heat to using trees to build shelter. Its all part of knowing how to process wood and how to build with it. You can also use a mix of modern materials like tarps combined with the natural world to make a high quality structure.
There are very few ways to get serious practice navigating if you are not in the woods. Learning how to navigate using things like the stars, sun and shadows can be very effective. It can keep you from getting lost in the woods.
Lets not focus bones and stones and take the best from bushcraft.