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Nick's Big Bushcraft Book Clearance

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I would like to tell you about a wonderful website, blog and generous man called Nick Gallop...

Over the Christmas period I was lucky enough to spot an interesting post in Nick's Blog at where as part of Nick's downsizing he was giving away lots of superb outdoorsy/Bushcraft books for free.

A very generous act and a beautiful way of passing on skills & knowledge, I don't doubt that his actions will inspire many over time.

I completely support Nick's mission with his website and highly recommend you check his site out and perhaps subscribe to his email newsletter. This is his mission...

  • Bringing you practical bushcraft and wilderness skills
  • Giving you self-reliance rather than reliance on more and more fancy kit
  • Giving you confidence in the outdoors
  • Promoting environmental awareness in the outdoors

Here is one of the books I received from Nick, I will post about the other two later on.

Living Wood


"From buying a woodland to making a chair"


A book about Green woodworking, Chair Bodging, Building Pole-lathes & other woodworking tools.

I've started reading this book first as I'm sure I will find it inspiring, I'm only a fraction of the way into this book but I'm already whittling more!

Building a pole-lathe is one of those things that is on my "list of things to do one day".. and you never know with the good diagrams and instructions in this book it might just get me making and using one soon.

Cleaving, trimming, sawing, chopping & carving... if your interested in learning more about working wood then this is the book for you.

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UK Wild Food - Jan

Listed here are Wild Foods that should be available in parts of the UK in January.

Daisy leaf

Gorse flower
Greater Plantain
Ribwort Plantain
Buck's Horn Plantain (coastal)
Scurvy Grass
Sea beet
Sea Radish
Pennywort (particularly good at the moment)
Alexanders (very good at the moment)
Chirvil (be very careful , as Hemlock Water-Dropwort is starting to sprout now and looks very similar, but is deadly poisonous!)
Sea Purslane
Rock Samphire (still usable, but a bit over now, coastal)
Rose Hips
Common Sorrel
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Wood sorrel
Three-cornered leek

*These are just some of the wild edibles you will find in the UK this month.

The Hedge Combers


A beautiful blog by my friend Janie sharing tips on self-sufficiency, homemade recipes, growing fruit, veg & rearing animals for meat & eggs.

Woodland Valley

Woodland Valley an Organic Farm in the centre of Cornwall.
A Bushcraft Friendly Campsite with Ancient Woodland and Group Accommodation  available.

Another Bushcraft & Wilderness Skills website that I love, by a friend & superb Photographer Gary Waidson.

Community Bloggers

If you would like to see what other members of our community get up to on their trips then take a look at the Woodland Tales section of our forum where our community post write-ups & pictures of their Bushcraft trips.


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