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  1. WayoftheRaven

    uses for wood ash

    I rub wet wood ash in hair side of a deer hide to make hair slip faster prior to tanning it.
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    Very basic. A survival kit should be built with user's skill level in mind. Add more or less as needed to your kits. Always have a few items on you in your billfold, phone case, etc. Firesteel, fishing rig, etc.
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    Traps & Snares

    I have used a few traps and snares to trap land animals and to fish with. Many survival trips though I had to rely on my knowledge of plants and eat bugs, grubs, insects...slimy but satisfying LOL
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    As far as smell goes I don't let a hide get that bad off. I freeze it or flesh it and let it dry if I can't get to it right away. You really need to skin a deer my friend. I don't think its that smelly unless you bust a gut or something. I let a hide soak a couple of days before tanning it if I'm tanning with hair off. The bigger consideration is time of year you tan hides. Don't get me wrong you can tan year around but in colder months you have less bugs, yellow jackets and such and bacteria (source of smell) doesn't build up as quickly. Due to bacteria unique to a deer it is best to wear rubber gloves and treat any cut seriously. I've never had a problem but I know a couple of people that had to have some special treatment from doctor from infection. I don't chemical tan. If you ever braintan once it is the only way you will ever tan (well I do like bark tanning too.) 1 Pound of brains will tan 4 whitetail deer hides hair off. Economical, natural...what's not to love? As far as what I make: everything...clothing, bags, moccasins, drums and more. Pix attached of a couple of items. http://wayoftheraven.net
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    Any hide tanners here? Braintan? Other methods. Maybe we could trade tips and secrets. I do wet scrape and dry scrape. I use metal tools and stone/bone tools.
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    PERSONAL SURVIVAL KIT All the following items should be able to be stored in a kit in a waterproof sealable bag and then placed in a pouch that can be worn on the belt like a fanny pack or camera case. Consider that a backpack could be lost in an overturned boat, etc. Do not store your survival kit in a backpack to get lost when backpack is lost. · Water purification tablets · Large plastic bag. USES: Transpiration bag. Rain gear. Gathering water and edibles. · Matchless fire making device. Metal match or magnesium fire starter. Disposable lighter. · A small length of parachute cord. USES: Binding together things like a shelter. Make a sling for hunting. Pull apart for smaller strings for cordage for traps and snares. · A couple of zip lock sandwich bags. USES: Gathering water and edibles. Keeping tinder dry. · Fishing hook, line and sinker. · Razor blade. USES: Cutting tool. · Survival blanket. USES: Wrap up for warmth. Reflecting heat from a fire or even a small heat source in a shelter. Signalling. · Candle. USES: Handy for keeping a fire going in damp conditions. Light. Warmth, one candle will bring up temperature 20 degrees in a shelter. · Duct tape. USES: Innumerable. Bindings. Making items. Patching a shelter. · Aluminum foil. USES: Fashioning a container to boil water in. Signalling. · Metal wire. USES: Wire snare. Binding. · String. USES: Innumerable. Binding. Snares. Make a weapon like a sling or an arrow thrower. OTHER ITEMS TO ADD THAT ARE USEFUL: · Rubber band. For making an arrow launcher or slingshot. · Emergency tinder bundle. This can be sealed up separately and can consist of shredded cedar bark or some cotton balls. If you wish, a clever fire starter is to saturate the cotton balls with petroleum jelly and put them in a container that it is easy to dispense them from. An empty lipstick case works well or a prescription medicine bottle. · Bouillon cubes. USES: For flavouring insect stew or as a soup by itself. · Small pocket knife · Energy Protein bar · Compass · Whistle · Signal mirror · A small flashlight · Arrow points. · Gig · Water filter. · Multi-purpose tool. · Small First Aid kit. · Magnifying glass · Fishing Lure CAR SURVIVAL KIT Have a kit in your car in case you break down, run out of gas, no heater, etc. Have enough supplies for two or more travelers depending on regular riders in your car. · Basic tool kit. · Duct tape. · Road flares. · Emergency markers. · Warm hands type palm and foot heaters. · Blankets. · Tent. · Firemaking device. Matches and a matchless firemaking device like a magnesium fire starter. · Tinder. Wax log. · 3 planned meals per person. Non-perishable, ready to eat. · Flashlight. Batteries stored separately till ready to use. · Radio. Battery powered. · Water. · Items that plug into cigarette lighter are a plus if car battery is strong. Don’t overuse. · Spare tire and jack that works. · Books to read. HOME SURVIVAL KIT This is a list for one person for 72 hours. Make a kit for each person in your house and possibly and extra kit as well as multiple kits for each 72 hour preparation. If there are infants special items like formula, diapers, etc. should be stored. If there are pets pet food should be stored. KIT FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE— · A gas, twig or sterno stove for cooking. If you have a wood burning fireplace is good. Also a gas stove is good. You can light by hand even when power is out. · Metal pans for cooking. · Dishwashing liquid. · Scrub pads. · Firestarting device. Should include matches and a matchless firemaking device like a magnesium fire starter.. · Tinder for firemaking. Waxed log. Cotton balls and petroleum jelly. · Home defense plan. Firearms. · Extra batteries. · Radio. Regular radio and weather radio is recommended. · Kerosene heater. For heating and you can cook on top of them. · Emergency lighting. Candles. Kerosene lanterns. KIT FOR EACH PERSON— · 3 gallons of water. 6 drops of unscented Clorox per gallon will make it last longer or sealed gallon drinking water jugs. Should renew with fresh water from time to time. · 9 planned meals consisting of canned goods and dried goods. A written plan in the kit is helpful. Also extra ready to eat type foods that do not require preparation like canned meats, crackers, gazpacho soups, dried vegetables. · Personal eating plate, cup, bowl and utensils. · Blanket. · Two changes of clothes. · Work gloves. · Non-electrical Lighting system Like a Candle lantern. · Waterless cleaning solution for washing body with. · Towel and washcloth. · Space blanket. · Fire starting device. Should include matches and a matchless firemaking device like a metal match. · Tinder for firemaking. Wax log. Cotton balls and petroleum jelly. · Flashlight. Batteries stored out of device till ready to use. · Pocket knife.
  7. Just about every survival book pictures the solar still like it is the ultimate way to acquire water. I have tested them on many occasions here in the humid southeast where they should work best. In most cases after 3 days or so with juicy plants in the hole with the container yielded maybe half pint of water at best. Much better and easier and needs less equipment is the transpiration bag. Take a trash bag, fill it full of juicy green plants or tie closed around a tree limb, put in the sun. Yields a pint or more water per day! Solar still is better used for distilling sea water or urine though. You just need 2 containers in the pit, one container with urine or sea water and other to catch condensed drinkable water. I also like the water yielded by a 4 foot length of grapevine. Cut it high first to keep sap/water from traveling back up into the plant. This is a defense mechanism of the plant. Then cut it low. Just hold over your mouth and let it drip right into your mouth. After a couple of minutes it will heal over just cut off another 6 in. and it will keep dripping. A 4 foot length can yield up to a pint of sweet tasty water.
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    I am fairly knowledgeable of edible plants. I also hunt and fish primitive. The top 5 survival foods I teach though that are easy to remember and most people know are: CATTAILS: Seed pod while green, lower part of stalk, rhizome (tuber) and seeds after seed pod has turned brown (Just light a match to all that fluff, poof, instant seeds!), pollen. GRASS: Seeds mainly but beware if they are purple or black. That is a deadly fungus called ergot. OAK: Acorns. The larger the sweeter. Bitterness can be leached out though by soaking or boiling. ONION: Whole plant. Beware of deadly look-a-like called Death Camus. Easy to tell the difference though. Only true onion smells like onion. PINE: Pine needle tea. Put pine cone by heat source before it has opened and it will open up enough to shake the seeds from. Also inner bark can be chewed and fibers spit out.
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    Camp Fire Photos, Let's See'em!

    I do love cooking on a fire! http://wayoftheraven.net mike geno cooking fire.bmp
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    How To Make A Torch With A Red Bull Can

    I have experimented with many torches and oil lamps. Here is a link to an article I wrote on the topic for the Society of Primitive Technology http://www.hollowtop.com/spt_html/lighting.htm The article is also included in my book CAN YOU SURVIVE? Available at my website http://wayoftheraven.net
  11. I have many knives but I always have my basic 3 bladed hi-carbon steel pocket knife. I reserve one blade in it specifically for firestriking and etching on a stone every now and then. I do like the self contained Gerber Strike Force though. Steel and striker all in one neat package.
  12. I do appreciate the opportunity to be part of this group and to mention a few items of interest. I do sell a pretty decent carry on your belt basic survival kit, survival tips cards and a book called CAN YOU SURVIVE? That is very thorough on a number of survival skills. It is full of photos and original drawings, tales of primitive people and more. I also have several $0.99 Kindle books on various survival topics. I also make Native American style items for gifts at my Etsy store NATIVE WHISPERS. I teach classes in the NC mountains. All my items can be accessed at my website http://www.wayoftheraven.net/
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    I am Raven. I've been practicing primitive, survival & wilderness living skills since 1986. I do have several blogs. Some are on survival. Some are on other subjects. I am presently teaching and living in NC mountains. Links to my blogs, books and items for sale can be found out my website http://wayoftheraven.net.