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Wilderness Survivalist

Kellie Nightlinger, Wildlife Survivalist and Adventurist
Disclaimer: The information within the Wild Woman Oudoors website has been provided to its viewers with the understanding that viewers will exercise caution and care in performing any of the survival techniques or activities within this site.  Some of the activities can be dangerous.  I am a trained wilderness and survival expert. Please do not engage in these survival techniques or activities without taking proper precautions because these activities may cause serious injury or death.

Bushcrafting, Bushcraft, Bushcraft Tools, Bushcraft Weapons, Primitive Skills, Bushcraft Tracking and Hunting

Wild Woman Outdoors
Kellie Nightlinger,

Bushcrafting is a word originating from the bush country in Australia referring to skill and matters pertaining to life in the bush, finding water, and finding one's way.

I am a student of bushcrafting. I learn from others and from reading and videos every week.  I enjoy teaching bushcraft and wildcraft to interested people; especially children.  I have learned additional bushcraft and wildcraft by attending events sponsored by The Pathfinder School LLC. and by information provided by:  The Bow Guy, Survival Resources, Dual Survival, Man Woman Wild, Survivor Man, Les StroudMichigan Out Of Doors.TV, Wild Adventures With Brady Barr, The Outdoor Podcast, and Dirt Time.

I love to apply the skills I learn in the real outdoor wilderness setting.  I learn the most from Mother Nature and while in the wilds of the world.

Bushcrafting, Bushcraft, Bushcrafting hunting and tracking, teaching bushcrafting

Some bushcrafting items I have made are:  primitive clay pots, buckskin rawhide native american drum, native american bone breast plates, staffs, walking sticks, natural cordage, an Auletian Bidarka kayak (from scratch using only natural cordage and hand tools, and wood and canvas), char cloth, tinder bundles, birch and cedar bark containers, a very primitive ash basket, bow drill fire sets, hand drill fire set, wigwam, wickiup, tipi, antler buttons, fishing net needle, snoshoes, bark sap buckets, wooden spoon, bark dipper, primitive paddle, water container, animal traps, animal snares, primitive flint knapped arrowhead and stone tools, traditional longbow, slingshot, atlatls, atlatl darts, and many, many more.

In this section I will focus on friction fire types.  I am a student of the art.  The most common friction fire method is most likely the bow drill.  In the picture below you will see a bow drill bearing block which is ergonomically made to fit the hand comfortably by Native Americans 1000s of years ago.  You will see the holes which have been drilled to hold the drill.  The drill is then held in place on the opposite end with a softwood bearing black with a V for the fire ember to accumulate.  There is a picture of me helping a young lady learn the technique below.  The bow and the string make up the last two components of this set.  The handrill friction fire method also uses a fire board with a v cutout in the board where the ember will fall.

The fire-plow friction fire method is accomplished when rubbing a hardwood stick with a rounded point carved into one end against a softer wooden base.  The plowing or pushing action of the shaft pushes out small wooden fibers.  The harder you push, the more friction that is created; igniting the wooden particles.  I have yet to start a fire by this method but I have not given up.