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Offline Dadio

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Primitive Skills Books, Websites, etc.
« on: August 24, 2010, 02:49:25 PM »
Here's your opportunity to share your favorite Primitive Skills resources. A couple of my favorites:

"Naked into the Wildreness - Primitive Wilderness Living and Survival Skills" by John and Geri McPherson.  It's a great book on a variety of primitive skills, written by a couple who use them as part of their day to day existence.  There are chapters on: Brain Tan Buckskin, Primitive Fire and Cordage, Making Bows and Arrows, Traps, Atlatl, Meat Preservation, Primitive Cooking Methods, Butchering a deer with stone tools, Making Baskets, Primitive Pottery, Primitive Tools, and Semi permanent shelters. According to the couple's website www.prairiewolf.net there is a version of the same book with a new title “Ultimate Guide To Wilderness Living” available for about $10 less than the original. 

"The Forager's Harvest." by Samuel Thayer.  Again, written by a author from personal experience, including years of teaching classes and field trips. What sets this text apart is his challenging of previous assumptions and "conventional wisdom" and superior illustrations.  I've read other wild plant books that had line drawings and/or paintings that are beautiful, but basically useless for identifying plants.

Each thread deserves a good resource guide. Please help others by adding to this list. 


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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 03:31:51 AM »
Good list. I assume you are not talking videos, just books.

Thayer just came out with a new plant book. He has a great write-up on the "Into the Wild" guy. He breaks it down with the book and movie myths and gives the real story, including why he died. And his plant info and pictures are spectacular as usual!

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100725/GJCOMMUNITY_01/707259929/-1/FOSLIFESTYLES11

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010, 05:54:03 AM »
Thanks, I'll have to check that book out.   I  have no objection to including videos in the list; my thought was just to have a "one stop shop" for Primitive Skill resources, so feel free.     

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2010, 07:56:15 AM »
One stop shopping you say! For videos, go here. For the magazine, go here! http://survival.com/

I have my own list of which videos to get, but check out their specials! I would go with the series and leave there basics videos alone, however, I've never seen their Basic vids either.

If you haven't discovered it yet, their forum and this one share many members.

There are skills books and books that teach motivation and enhance learning. There are all good, but I only list very few as must haves.

Ya gotta reach back and look into Nessmuk and Kephart too, not stone age, but their books are classics.

6 ways in and 12 ways out is a good one also in its own way. Its on my list.   http://www.usrsog.org/manu.htm



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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2010, 11:52:42 AM »
A couple books that top my list is Bradford Angier and Col. Townsend Whelen's On You Own In The Wilderness first published in 1958.  You can still find it used in a lot of used book stores and on Amazon.  While some of the information is dated, much of it is timeless and great information.  Kind of a primitive camping how-to book, but most of the campcraft skills he teaches are long lost in the current generation of urban dweller.

Another is the Tom Brown series on wilderness survival and animal tracking.  Much more of a Native American approach to the wildlands, without tools and learning to create your own.

The two contrast each other in a similar way as Dave and Cody do in Dual Survivor.  Both have something to bring to the table.

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010, 12:18:21 PM »
One stop shopping you say! For videos, go here. For the magazine, go here! http://survival.com/
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I have to second this.  I cannot recommend Ron Hood's highly enough.

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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010, 12:34:03 PM »
I'll throw my endorsement of the Hoods Woods videos too.  Not just Ron's.  Karen's vids are AWESOME.

I've got all of them, and have seen all of them.  Every single one is a must have, IMO.

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 07:44:36 PM »
Hood's Woods video are great. For books I like Bushcraft by Richard Graves. Old and Aussie but great info. I also like Tom Brown and other I can't remember at the moment. I usually like the old better. Also try Cody Lundin's books. I have both and like them

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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2010, 01:25:42 AM »
how could I forget Karen :o

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2010, 02:34:44 AM »
how could I forget Karen :o

You didn't.  You just temporarily misplaced her.  :D

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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2010, 07:41:05 AM »
It can be said this man started the modern revival of the current primitive skills movement. I know TBJ may be in there somewhere, but that info is highly debateable. Regardless, this book is beyond respectable recognition.
http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Survival-Skills-Larry-Olsen/dp/1556523238

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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2010, 06:00:38 PM »
It can be said this man started the modern revival of the current primitive skills movement. I know TBJ may be in there somewhere, but that info is highly debateable. Regardless, this book is beyond respectable recognition.
http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Survival-Skills-Larry-Olsen/dp/1556523238

I have some of his books also. Very good. I couldn't remember his name when I added my last post. I like to look for survival books in used stores. Sometimes you can find some real gems.

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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2010, 06:20:09 PM »
I'd also recommend D. C Waldorf when looking for flintknapping.  I have an old DFS tape of his that was a good primer.  Doesn't beat having someone to show you have first hand, but is pretty good to understand the basics. 

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Flint-Knapping-D-C-Waldorf/dp/B0016FZJWW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283904836&sr=8-1

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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2011, 09:56:16 AM »
The PaleoPlanet Forums - a great source of information, ideas, and discussion.

http://paleoplanet69529.yuku.com/

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2011, 10:48:20 AM »
Does anyone know of any classes or websites that are in the Michigan area? I am really interested in learning primitive skills - especially archery and I cant seem to find anything in the Michigan area.

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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2012, 09:35:35 PM »
Here's another good video; not specifically primitive, but certainly well worth placing in this thread.

Description -- This short documentary illustrates what to do when you're lost in the bush. Filmed in 1954, an NFB producer and a Native guide allow themselves to be marooned in the bush with only an axe and their wits as means of survival. They eat off the land, build their own birchbark canoe and make their way out.

Link -- http://www.nfb.ca/film/survival_in_the_bush

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2013, 01:46:41 PM »
SAS Survival Handbook by Lofty Wiseman is an excellent book. Also The Wilderness Survival guide.

By the way, do you guys not use the term "Bushcraft"? It's what we call survival skills in the UK.


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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2013, 03:06:49 PM »
SAS Survival Handbook by Lofty Wiseman is an excellent book. Also The Wilderness Survival guide.

By the way, do you guys not use the term "Bushcraft"? It's what we call survival skills in the UK.


Not really but I prefer the term bushcraft. I say that because bushcraft includes not only survival needs stuff but also things you wouldn't necessary use for survival. For example, I like learning primitive skills. Primitive bushcraft can include collecting and processing clay to fire clay pots. That's a skill that takes several days to do and it takes a lot of practice to learn how not to blow up a clay pot in a campfire.

Lofty Wiseman books are really good.

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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2020, 08:38:27 PM »

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