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Wayland’s Ditty Bag.

Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.
Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.

A couple of years ago, at the Bushmoot I set myself a little project to make myself a new ditty bag.

I had seen one on an American web site that had a few nice ideas on it but was stupidly over priced and had lots of pointless decoration on it.

I decided I could make something more suited to my needs for a fraction of the price.

In fact it ended up being less than 1% of the price by my reckoning.

One of the things I did like about their design was the incorporation of a zip into the side which allowed better access into the bottom of the bag.

Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.

So, a couple of years further on and I’m getting a lot of enquiries about the bag and particularly what I carry in it.

The first part is easy to answer. I still have it, I love it, I will never part with it and I will not make another one because I don’t make stuff commercially.

The second part is more difficult to pin down because the contents change day to day according to my requirements.

I suppose I would define it as a portable craft bag, carrying the tools and equipment I need for whatever job is at hand.

That was part of the thinking behind the flexible division system inside. An idea that I replicated later on my “Boazu Bag”.

I wanted to be able to put large or small things in it with some protection from rattling around.

Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.

One fairly consistent item that is often  carried is an old collar box that fits nicely above the divisions and holds a collection of smaller items.

I also usually carry a collection of fids and marlin spikes for rope working.

Always useful around camp.

Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.
Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.

A knife and sharpening steel are also pretty essential for a craft bag and I often carry a selection of brass hardware attached to the sides as well for use on all sorts of projects.

Wayland's Ditty-Bag -   Gary Waidson - Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness skills.

And of course,  no ditty bag would be complete without that most useful of tools, a bottle opener.

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