|THAT BOOK gets everywhere!|
I spent last weekend supposedly getting in touch with nature at the Wilderness Gathering 2015. It's a camping event for people interested in bushcraft - surviving/living in the wild - and featured many stalls ...
|Ironically, shopping for kit is a HUGE part of the hobby|
|I'm a veggie, okay. But this sort of info is USEFUL. I might have to write about it!|
All taking place on a rather beautiful bison farm
|We were not allowed to hunt the bison. Spoilsports.|
|If you are not wearing at least one knife they throw you off site ;-)|
|BEHOLD MY NEMESIS|
A sub-portion of it is deeply deeply into the traditional British handicrafts like walking-stick carving (which gets more technical than you would ever believe) and basket-weaving
and attracts the kind of hippies who enthuse about pole-lathes. Certainly, enthusiasm for individual handcrafted work-of-goddamn-art knives at over £1000 apiece approaches a kind of fetishism.
On the other side from the retro-hippies, some bushcraft enthusiasts are intensely practical - they want army recon/infiltration gear and the latest technology that'll allow them to survive even the worst conditions you could encounter in Britain (like oh, I dunno - breaking down on the M4 or your post not arriving for a few days). This is sort of close to
In direct contrast, there is also a large streak of LARP/re-enactment going on in there. These kind are appalled by the thought of lighting a fire with matches or a zippo, and insist on doing it with flint they've hand-knapped themselves, or a fire-bow made with deer sinew cordage (... they are very big on cordage. And flint. And whittling spoons.). They literally want to play at being stone-age hunter-gatherers, and are super-interested in indigenous populations around the world that still know how to do that kind of stuff.
Somehow, all these different sorts of bushcrafter seem able to rub along for a weekend in an amiable manner, which is lovely.
And you'll be glad to know that my personal food-gathering went well and that we did not starve over the weekend :-)
|Humanely trapped and dispatched, I promise|