"The Bushcraft Handbooks" were first published in Australia in 1952. Based on the Author's wartime service in Australia and New Guinea teaching "Junglecraft" to Australian and American forces, they are distilled, concentrated old-time bushcraft knowledge, presented in a very easy to assimilate format. For those who remember them, the Bushcraft Handbooks are also a heavy hit of nostalgia.
Rather than publish all of the volumes under the one cover, the Author originally chose to publish each aspect of bushcraft in its own individual handbook. His rationale was that the reader was more inclined to take a 50 page handbook with him into the wilds than a 400 page book. The former can be easily slipped into a pocket or daypack, while the latter cannot. The Bushcraft Handbooks are useless unless the reader practices the skills the books were designed to impart. The individual handbooks format was chosen to support that end.
Out of print for decades, and in keeping with the Author's wishes, this series of Bushcraft Handbooks are reproduced as close to their original format as possible. The series comprises the following volumes:
- Bush Ropemaking,
- Bush Hutmaking,
- Traps & Snares,
- Bush Campcraft,
- Time & Direction,
- Travel & Gear,
- Food & Water in the Bush,
- Firemaking & Lighting,
- Trapping & Tracks,
- Knots & Lashings.
From the introduction to "Traps & Snares"
"The ability to pick up a couple of dead sticks from the ground, and with a sharp knife and a little know-how produce a practical and workable release for a snare or trap is a valuable exercise in improvisation and inventiveness. As far as is known this the first time a collection of improvised releases and with this snares and traps has ever been published. Some of these are potential man-killers, developed by soldiers in jungle warfare to protect themselves. The knowledge of these possible man-killers must be treated with as much respect as a loaded firearm.
They are included because they could be lifesavers for man stranded in hostile country."
This item is Non-Returnable.
- ISBN-13: 9781484822265
- ISBN-10: 1484822269
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Publish Date: April 2013
- Page Count: 52
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.51 x 0.12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.17 pounds