Red Dragon Bushcraft

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Website thoughts February 10, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdbushcraft @ 5:07 pm

My abilities in editing the website are poor at best, but here’s what I’d like to do.
I’ve been writing a piece to centralise my bushcraft knowledge, to begin with it was a few pages, then I had to separate it into chapters and then into more chapters. It is now around 400 pages and in a constant state of flux as I edit and word-smith it and flesh out more and more points.
What I’d like to do is put parts of that work onto the website in an area only accessible to those whom I give a password.
All I need to do is learn how to add the necessary pages, edit in the correct links and make it happen…..

If anyone can offer any technical tips to a ludite like me, I’d really appreciate it!


Busy, busy. October 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdbushcraft @ 10:11 am

It has been a frantic few weekends lately – Duke of Edinburgh expeditions with Air Cadets and Youth Club, a winter nature walk which didn’t make it, and a Freshers weekend with Aberystwyth University.
All have been great experiences for me and I hope for those involved – the culmination was the Freshers weekend which I look forward to every year. It is partly the meeting of friends with catching up on news and stories – it is partly the chance to work with groups that would rarely venture into our world of Backwoods living and also the opportunity to work in the grounds and halls of such a fine building as Gregynog Hall. I would like to thank everyone that was involved, the students and lecturers, the organisers and the Hall staff – you make it a very pleasant place to be.
This weekend sees another two Duke of Edinburgh expeditions on the last weekend of their season before closing for the winter – though from the forecast, the weather will beat us to the deadline – it should not have too much of an ill-effect on those going as their preparation has been very good and all are keen to complete the challenge.
Things will calm down throughout the winter period, but I hope to be able to build on a few recent queries, maybe run a course or two before the next turn of the seasons draws folk back out-of-doors again.
For those that might not know, a few years ago I began writing some notes on the way I approach Bushcraft, I separated it into a few chapters and have been adding information and clearing up things with better explanations as I go – well it has now passed over 400 pages and more than 150,000 words – who knows what it might become next year.

Cheers all, see you in the woods.



Ray Mears and some common sense talking. February 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdbushcraft @ 10:13 pm

My attention was drawn to a recent interview that Ray Mears did with CNN. He explains how survival is not macho and ultra secretive – it is basic common sense mixed with a little detailed observation and reasoning.


More learning! December 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdbushcraft @ 1:24 pm

I’d like to up-rate this decidedly amateur looking blog to more closely resemble those written by others.
I’d like to write about some of the experiments, recipes and kit alternatives that I am trialling, or intend to try out.

I’ll try to make things easy to read and follow and be of interest to a number of readers.

Any tips on how to proceed or what content is required or even what kit to make an alternative for would be welcome!

Cheers all



Someone after my own heart! October 25, 2011

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Phew! September 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdbushcraft @ 8:40 am

My laptop is having a minor tantrum with Windows OS – it crashes within a few minutes of booting up. And so I’m making a concerted effort to transpose everything onto Linux.

Which leads to my sigh of relief as I have managed to crawl my way through many layers of electronic stuff to find my way back to here.

Apologies for being away for so long – now to recover some of the other gubbins

Cheers all



Catching up June 9, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — rdbushcraft @ 9:26 am

I’ve had a few busy days lately, so a little on how things have been progressing.
Three private clients for a day of fire and shelter – a good day under a parachute for the most part, though we resprted to covered woodland for our shelter session – I reconned that playing with tarps in an exposed field would have reduced the number of tarps I own and only frustrated those trying to learn. All in all a good day with happy clients wanting to do more in the future.
Shortly after came two birthday parties – one for a group of seven year olds who were fantastic and a smaller celebration for a friends 30th – equally as exciting and some new skills transfered.

Coming up will be a 24 hour workshop at a nearby farm, though I fear the weather will do much to predict the pace of the day. Irrespective of any rain, we’ll have a great time and share the tranquility of the camp-fire.