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Northern Bushcraft Paperback – June, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing; 2nd edition (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919433510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919433519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mors is widely known throughout North America and Europe for his extensive work in outdoor education, survival and wilderness living. His passion for the Northern Forest and his desire to learn everything about it has made him one of the worlds foremost authorities on Boreal wilderness skills and survival.

He popularized the term 'bushcraft' and coined the familiar saying "the more you know, the less you carry". Bushcraft, published in 1987, is a foremost text on that subject with the skills you really need to know, including Firecraft, Axe Use, The Bush Knife, Cordage, Shelter Concepts, Trees and Animals is evident that Mors is teaching from experience and knowledge.

Mors is truly the "Old Dog" of the forest being one of those unique individuals that not only knows his subject but is also able to teach what he knows.

A resident of Peers, Alberta, he is most familiar to outdoor enthusiasts of Northern and Central Alberta where he has lived and worked for the past 45 years. Kochanski was an outdoor education instructor at the University of Albert for 25 years.

He still participates in the intensive week long wilderness living/survival courses as a Master Instructor with Karamat Wilderness Ways.

Mors has been involved with the Junior Forest Warden Program for the last 30 years inspiring wardens and leaders. He received the JFW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a must-have book for all 'serious' wilderness travellers. Goes way beyond the current thinking in politically-correct non-impact camping (neccessary is highly used parks, etc.) and every recent survival manual ('gotta getta gadget to meet any outdoor eventuality'). Clearly presents truly useful information on selecting & fully using the knife, axe & bow saw (do you know how to fell a live wrist-thick tree in less than 1 minute with a 10cm/4" knife?) Also the most complete & accessible explanations of firelighting (with match, flint & steel, and the bowdrill), fire use for heat & cooking, all-season shelters from natural materials. As an outdoor survival instructor I will attest that most survival books are full of BAD even DANGEROUS misinformation; current authors either regurgitate someone else's bad ideas without fully testing the theories or operate under the "well, this idea didn't kill me over the past 24 hours so it must be okay" notion. If you would like to really know how to build a conifer bough lean-to with bed & fire that will keep you sleeping at -40 degrees C/F, buy this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1998
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Northern Bushcraft is not a complete "Survival Manual" sort of book, it does not pretend to be an encyclopedia. In format and focus I would most closely compare it to Angier's How to Stay Alive in the Woods, though it is much more focused in its consideration of a smaller number of skills which the author considers critical. The chapters on the safe use of the axe and knife are the best I have ever read and either could stand alone as a separate book. I would call this book a great value in consideration of the gravity of injury which reading it just might prevent, and I believe it of general interest to the wiider audience of outdoor tool users rather than just Northwoods types.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kent on April 25, 2014
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For those of you spending lots of time in the woods, whether you are a bushcrafter or a conservationist, it is imperative you get a foundation of smarts from the old timers. These guys weren't trying to sell magic water purifying pens they were trying to problem solve their way in and out of our most beautiful and rugged places. When you can rely on yourself and not a gadget you've truly arrived. Kochanski writes as I'm sure he taught. Great book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nope on November 12, 2007
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If you interested in knife and axe work, this book will show you more than you want to know. The only comment I would give is that it doesn't take into account traditional nautical methods, but that is covered in books of a completely different nature.

The woodsmanship sections are pretty good too.
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By Bill on August 29, 2014
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A true classic. Every bushcrafter should read this book.
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