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8 Tips to Improve Your Hand Drill

Here are the key 8 tips you need to improve your hand drill success. Why wait longer to bust a coal with hand drill? Make fire by rubbing two sticks together after reading this post.

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Bow Drill: How to Carve the ‘Perfect’ Notch

Aim small, miss small. One of the secrets to mastering the bow drill is to carve the elusive 'perfect' notch into your fireboard. Here are the tips you need to get your notch right. Each time. Everytime.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Water Bottle from Freezing

Time outdoors in the winter means frozen water. And frozen water bottles suck. Here's how to keep your water liquid, throughout your winter adventures.

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How To Make A Cider Press + Sweet & Hard Cider & Vinegar!

There's nothing like homemade, fresh-pressed apple cider! Make your own cider press using materials and tools you probably already have laying around.

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How to Make Rawhide Lashings/Lacing

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make the longest, strongest piece of rawhide lacing from a given hide.

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Traditional Technology – How to Setup & Use a Water Level

We're using the ancient Water Level to level posts on uneven ground at our Field Site. Check out this simple but incredible tool in action.

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Doug’s Top 10 Favorite Outdoor Skills Books

Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills

Our founder's 10 all-time favorite books for learning primitive technology, bushcraft, and survival skills. The what and the why.

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How to Light a Match…Yeah, We Really Wrote a Blog on That

Most of us grew up being told "don't play with matches". Now we have a nation of adults who can't light a friggin' match. Here's how to do it right.

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What Our Apprentices Know

To 'know', it's not enough to read it in a book or watch it on TV.  We must do it, fail and succeed, and do it again. Here is what our Apprentices KNOW.

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The Original Fidget: Cordage

Warning: I consider cordage-making a highly addictive habit. If you choose to follow this path, there may be no turning back. Consider yourself warned.

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