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Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival [Kindle Edition]

Dave Canterbury
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Book Description

The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!

Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:

  • Choosing the right items for your kit.
  • Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
  • Collecting and cooking food.
  • Protecting yourself from the elements.
With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.

Editorial Reviews


Canterbury covers everything: building out your kit, manufacturing tools and supplies, food collection, cooking and protection from the elements. If you want to ‘be prepared’ for time in the wilderness, this is a great guide.” –

About the Author

Dave Canterbury is the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, which was named by USA Today as one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in the United States. He is also the managing editor of Self Reliance Illustrated magazine. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views. His work has also been published in New Pioneer and American Frontiersman.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3454 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440579776
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (July 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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367 of 375 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authors Review of his Own Book September 7, 2014
I gave my own book a 4 Star review as I would like to have seen more Illustrations to better explain much of the text but unfortunately that was not in the publishers budget. I think a brief explanation of the book from the authors standpoint cannot hurt. Despite any subtitles this book is not about "Bugging Out", "SHTF" or the "Zombie Apocalypse. It is a book on how to better enjoy time spent in God's creation whether you are there because you choose to be or got stuck there temporarily due to misfortune while recreating. This book explores my system of "Smoothing" it based on over 20 years of experimental Archaeology of the OLD WAYS mixing them with the NEW to create a simple system that will help anyone that is discovering WOODCRAFT, BUSHCRAFT or whatever you choose to call your hobby and to understand the Kit items that will last a lifetime. I do not cover many of the "Latest and Greatest bits of Modern gear because they will fail many times when you need them most. As a quick example of the thought process I do not worry as much about weight as I do Multi-functionality of chosen gear. A Sleeping bag is light and I do speak of them in my book but for a bit more weight a good Wool blanket will be Better insulation when wet, more fire retardant, and more versatile as outerwear around the camp fire on a cold morning. In the end I am very happy with the way this book turned out for the limited text and illustrations allowed and hope to write a more advanced book on skills for longer term in the future. Remember that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach. If you would like to see videos that are related to the thought process behind this book go to Thank for the time you have taken to seek out this book and I hope you enjoy it.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixture of Old and New Bushcraft September 5, 2014
By Talon
Format:Kindle Edition
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury is an introductory look into the world of bushcraft from an individual who has a solid reputation based on proven skills. While this review is based solely on the book, Canterbury has close to 1,000 YouTube videos showing his vast level of skills and experience. This is an introductory book that combines techniques and ideas of yesteryear with modern skills. In some respect this is a dichotomy but Canterbury blends it well. It does not mean that everything in this book will fit into your survival or bushcraft paradigm. I prefer to focus on more modern implements so there are sections of the book that do not work for me. But, the underlying principles are still applicable today. I prefer a backpack as compared to a haversack. I like wool blankets but might use a different material that is lighter. Not a big deal just a different preference. At the end of the day your skills will only improve with practice so get this book and start practicing.

This is a good introductory book worth reading.

On a side note:

The "1 Star" review written by W. Lambdin is not really a review of the book but a personal attack against Canterbury. This is coming from a person who is an "Amazon Vine" member. Personally, I find it despicable and urge you to vote down his biased review.

{No, I do not know Canterbury, never trained with him, and have never interacted with him. I just do not like bogus reviews based on hate and not facts.}
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Contribution to the Art of Bushcraft August 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury consists of 10 chapters covering the basics of Bushcraft. If you have been following Canterbury on his YouTube channel you will see that the information provided in this book is consistent with his videos. Bushcraft is a skill intensive activity that requires practice. There is a lot of information in this book that can take one literally years of constant practice to master. Therefore, this book is a starting point for skill development and not an ending point that makes you better just because you read the information. Keep in mind that the title is "Bushcraft 101" so not every single aspect or advanced technique related to bushcraft is presented. The information in this book are the rudimentary skills that are necessary for survival.


+ Covers the basics
+ Discusses Canterbury's 5C's
+ Good use of illustrations
+ Canterbury does provide some specific product recommendations
+ Beneficial sections on knives especially for those new to bushcraft
+ Provides useful "tips" that are insightful and gained through extensive experience
+ I like that Canterbury pays homage and gives respect to those who helped to define the field of bushcraft. Very respectful to give credit where credit is due.
+ Well edited


- As with many things in life I do not necessarily agree with all of his recommendations such as his section on packs. He makes many recommendations that I would choose not to use but this comes down to personal preference.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great practical intro to bushcraft
This book is a great practical intro to bushcraft. An update to the classic texts with an eye towards man portable practical advice. Read more
Published 1 day ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Good knowledge
Published 2 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very informative book.
Published 3 days ago by David Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid
Very informative with illustrations and good descriptions. Use it as a coffee table book to be perfectly honest, but it peeks the interest of those sitting on my couch. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brian Michael Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is amazing! <3<3<3 I loved reading this book! Really helped me learn a few things!
Published 6 days ago by Kevin McCarter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the beginner to bush craft
Excellent book for the beginner to bush craft. Does not go into a lot of detail but does not overload you with useless information to increase the size of the book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Doyle Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
Can not stop reading . This book explains everything that you would need for wilderness survival and wilderness fun. I plan on reading this over and over again. Read more
Published 10 days ago by 4T-Legger
5.0 out of 5 stars Teens vs. Wild
I got these for a survival trip weekend for my 2 boys and my godson. They were excited to read it and tried many this on our trip.
Published 10 days ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tips
Published 11 days ago by karl stemmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book for bushcraft
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More About the Author

I am Dave Canterbury, Co-Owner of The Pathfinder School LLC in SE Ohio. I work in multiple medias to include You Tube Video, Television, and Writing to help educate people in Wilderness Self Reliance and Pioneer Skills. Dave is a frequent writer for Both American Pioneer and American Frontiersman Magazines and is the Co-Owner of Self Reliance Illustrated.

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