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Looking for recommendations on learning primitive skills, like making a bow and animal traps. Youtube? DVDs? Website? Book? Workshop?

asked Nov 26 '12 at 16:32

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One place to start is FM 21-76 US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL, which you can find for free in various electronic formats.

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 21:19

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Foxfire books. Full stop.

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 07:31

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Ahh ha! A downloadable public domain version of Camping & Woodcraft: http://archive.org/details/campingwoodcraft00kephrich

Note: The printed version seemed to also have a second volume printed with it. Not sure if that is in the PD version

A link for other books by the same author in the public domain: http://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Kephart%2C+Horace%2C+1862-1931%22

Which also makes me think: Have you covered the Internet Archive as a "cool tool"?

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 12:11

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If you're on the West Coast, Trackers (http://trackersnw.com/blog/index.php) are the place to go. There are others, including bigger and better funded operations, but Trackers have an amazing wealth of knowledge, a love of what they do, and a focus on pedagogy and sharing their skills that is outstanding. They cover everything from wilderness survival to crafting, from marine to mycology.

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 18:07

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 18:58

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Trackers seems to be a camp, which I may not be able to make.

The book Camping and Woodcraft looks interesting, a reprint of lore from a century ago. Have you used this yourself, Joshuaw?

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answered Nov 26 '12 at 20:16

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In the Northwest, Wilderness Awareness School near Seattle is probably the best option, whether for a weekend, a year, or through self-study. http://wildernessawareness.org/ Mark Elbroch's tracking books are quite good.

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 00:02

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 08:27

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ME, I've seen the Foxfire books. What did you learn from them?

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 10:15

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Kevin, I have the book and have looked through it but not used the advice. Very practical advice some outdated but some still veryrelevant. How to make an effective bed-roll. How to make a lean-to. etc. Seems like not just lore but a practical handbook. Highly recommended even just for enjoyment reading.

-josh

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answered Nov 27 '12 at 12:05

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