Part of the fun of planning adventures, is the preparation. Reading, and looking at drawings and pictures, brings inspiration and valuable knowledge.
We share with you five of our favourite bushcraft and outdoor books.
Wildwood Wisdom by Ellsworth Jaeger
This book is loaded with amazing ideas, and brilliant illustrations. Do It Yourselves’ like they did in the old times: From clothes, shelters, bark cone lamps, pouches and shoes. Explanation on foraging, small game, campfire cooking and using your axe and knives properly. With great background information explaining why certain materials are used. If you aren’t inspired to go outdoors after flipping through this book, I suggest you donate all your gear to your local boy scouts.
Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury
The only book written in this century that made the list. Covers the basics of bushcraft and survival, provides a quick and easy read. Also getting you started on picking the best gear to suit your needs. Definitely a 101, but filled with solid tips and advice. We liked combining the read, with watching some old Dave Canterbury YouTube videos!
Mountainman Crafts and Skills by David Montgomery
In many ways very similar to Wildwood Wisdom, although this book by Montgomery is more focused on the mountainman area (mid 1800s). Prepare to get some powder horn inspiration, as well as some delicious recipes, ideas for shelters, fire making and clothing. Very nice reference book with useful illustrations.
Woodcraft and Camping by George W. Nessmuk Sears
This books reads like a letter from your outdoor-savvy friend. Describing camping in the wild to its fullest, and giving you loads of useful information along the way. Even the more experienced outdoor lover, will pick up a trick or two – and will read the book cover to cover, with a smile from ear to ear.
Shelters, Shacks, And Shanties by D.C. Beard
This book is the newest addition to our library. Written in 1914 talking in debt about all the shelters you can ever dream of. Providing inspiration for your next build, but also getting you covered in the basics: Using an axe, different kind of materials and latches.
We love getting inspired by books, but nothing beats the real deal: Getting outdoors and getting your hands dirty!
What is your favourite outdoor or bushcraft book? Or what book has earned its place in your pack?
Feel free to share a comment, advice, question or your thoughts on this subject. They are always much appreciated!