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Adam-skinning. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore A healthy crop of conies. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

A weekend spent with members from Bushcraft UK in woods near a friend’s house. Andrew Easby shot a few rabbits and I used a portable smoker to hot smoke the haunches over a camp fire.

Another BCUK meet, this time in un-wooded terrain, gave us an opportunity to see how well we were equipped for the cold.

Some of the members took the comforts of a large bell tent complete with wood fired stove while others stuck to much lighter weight solutions.

 

Campcraft Weekend -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Inconspicuous -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

I set out to put together a very small, inconspicuous camp with a couple of sticks and a poncho, typical of the kind of camp I use on photographic trips when I’m hoofing it overland.

We had a dusting of snow that night and I was amazed to see that although it had blown around much of the site, there was very little snow under the shelter of the poncho in the morning.

Of course with an open sided shelter like this a bivi bag is a very wise addition to your kit.

A decent sunset and bit of light from paraffin lanterns and candles resulted in this lovely shot of the bell tent.

Bell Tent -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Pyramid Tarp -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

No prizes for spotting the inspiration behind this shot of my own Tarp tent on a recent photographic trip to Cornwall then.

These shots were taken at a BCUK meet up at Middlewood camp site.

Quite a few members of all levels of experience getting together to swap ideas, skills and just generally blether on about whatever we like.

bigbear -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Andy bodging -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

Andy sorting out some seating around the fire with his new auger.

Up too early as usual.

Laavu Sunrise -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Danelaw Viking Village in snow -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

I dragged a few members along to Danelaw Viking Village, a living history education project I work with from time to time for a different kind of meet up.

As you can see we had a bit of snow, it was February and the first night was very cold.

Danelaw Viking Village, Our house in snow. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Danelaw Viking Village, evening aproaches. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

Luckily all the houses have a central hearth and with a small fire going they soon warm up.

We moved into the longhouse in the evening for a little more space.

Good company, good food and an idea that we will definitely be repeating.

Danelaw Viking Village, The longhouse at night. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Danelaw Viking Village,  BCUK meet. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

The group shot.

Another BCUK Meet in the Midlands.

Jerry Can Hearth -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Jerry Can Hearth 2 -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

I like simple ideas and this is about as simple as it gets.

Old metal Jerry cans can be found all over the world and a quick modification and an old door mat makes a great grill.

Some people always look totally at home in the woods.

Addo Bivi -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Swag -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

There tend to be some very good cutting tools to be found at the average meet up.

This was no exception.

Bernie Garland Knives -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
A driftwood fire below the tide line. -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

Sometimes you cannot beat a simple camp fire on the beach.

Choose your site carefully.

Below the high tide mark is the best so that the sea can wash away the ashes.

Avoid using stones around the fire, not only are they unnecessary but if waterlogged they can burst suddenly in the heat shooting hot fragments out of the fire with great force.

The simple billy can, chain and a long stick provide all the cooking gear you need.  -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

Another BcUK Meet in the Midlands, Jonathan brought a Sloworm that he had rescued after  being attacked by a cat. This gave us a great opportunity to handle this beautiful and gentle creature before it was released into the wild a  couple of days later.

Sloworm -  2017 - Gary Waidson - RavenloreAdam and the Sloworm -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Puffballs -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

With Autumn upon us, it’s time for that special annual harvest.

The important thing to remember is to never over crop mushrooms. I leave at least 80% of what I find so that they can spore, helping to provide an  even better  crop next year.

Riams-Pitch -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

Another BcUK Meet near Manchester.

Good company and good food as usual.

Oatcakes -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Battoning -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore

Quite a crafty feel to this meet which is always good.

Cliv -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Bracelets -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
Poussin -  2017 - Gary Waidson - Ravenlore
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