Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival: Canterbury, Dave: 9781440579776: Paperback from $6.29
10 reviews for Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival: Canterbury, Dave: 9781440579776: Paperback from $6.29
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If you’re new to woodcraft/bushcraft, or just interested in learning a few new tricks in the wilderness, this a GREAT book. Canterbury provides great explanations and insight, and provides a lot of things to consider that you otherwise may not have.Provides a great breakdown on gear, fire making methods, shelter building, food, and plenty more. It’s packed with information. Have read through it, and will often just flip open to a random point and reread parts when I’m bored or going to bed. He provides some good illustrations, and instructions, and is just a great resource. I keep it in my pack as point of a reference, and just for ideas for projects/things to practice while in the woods and camping. I also highly recommend checking out his YouTube channel.
Chris Ray –
Dave Canterbury did a really good job on this book. There is a ton of information in this book. I like how the pages are thick, and the covers are thick on this book for durability lugging it around. The only thing I wish he would have done is included more illustrations on every topic. I don’t know if that would have added more cost to the book, or if it would have increased the size significantly. Regardless, it is a very good book. If you only had this book and the tools and materials he recommends to survive with, I think you would make it! As a side note, I’m a 200# guy, and I do think if you tried to carry everything that he recommends all at once in a pack on your back, you would tire very quickly. A pound of this and a pound of that, and this saw, and this knife and this tent and this trap–all those things add up quickly. I know I’m being very critical or nit-picky here, but I do think the reader has to make some decisions as to what they can and cannot ultimately take with them in a survival situation. Overall, this is an EXCELLENT book, and I highly recommend it. Buy it!
Berlon Burch –
Totally enjoyed reading this book. I am an old Boy Scout and learned many of these skills there. But this book is about the wilderness and survival. If you want to hone your skills and be guided along by someone that has been in the field, then this book is for you. There are many subjects that are addressed here. From your pack, the tools needed, ropes and cordage, cooking containers, coverage like tarps, ground pads and sleeping bags. SEtting up your camp, hunting, trapping to navigating the terrain. It reminds me a lot of the old Boy Scout handbooks in how though the bush craft is presented and easily understood. I am a little disappointed that the pages are not of a material that is water repellent. But do love that the the top and bottom corners are rounded which make it easier to get in and out of my pack pockets. There is a surprise bonus in the back with 10 recipes that are awesomely delicious.
Pelle F. –
The product arrived on time and I have read about 40 or so pages so far. It has a lot of useful information and helps a beginner like me tremendously. I would recommend to highlight some of the important information to help it stick out more.Chapter 1 focus on your pack. Chapter two focus on tools. Chapter 3 focus on ropes and cordage weapons. Chapter 4 is about containers and cooking tools. Chapter 5 is about coverage while chapter 6 is Combustion.That is all just part one and then you also have part two which talks more about what to do while you’re in the bush. Overall very useful product would recommend.
Wow. So much information in such a small book. It is so evident from reading this book that the author has experienced everything that he is telling you about. I have learned more from this book than from any other source I can think of. I try to read small bits of the book each day and digest and practice the examples he gives. It is not a book that you would want to read cover to cover. It is a book that you can look in the index for what you want to know about and in most cases it will be there for you. Kudos to the author for a great book on survival, camping, shelters and the luster is endless.
I’ve read most of this book and it is a very comprehensive reference for bushcraft learning if you’re the rank novice or an experienced woodsman. It covers the basics of everything you may need to know about taking care of yourself in the bush from shelter building to fire making to equipment to navigation to trapping/processing game to tree identification. There are four different appendices at the end for further reference. You can get a box set with this, the advanced bushcraft book and the hunting/trapping book for not much more than two. It’s worth the investment. Dave Canterbury is world reknown for a reason.
Although I have not read the whole book cover to cover, I say as a Marine Veteran who’s has been trained on a few pieces of this material, it is cool and useful. I was worried about many nay sayers who said there was little details and fit for a coffee table piece, but in my opinion that is not so. I think there is an abundance of life saving information for beginner to novice outdoor understanding and experience. My only think is now I seen the illustrated version and wish I had bought it instead, because that would be helpful in some instances.
G. Phillips –
Most books about survival and outdoor skills don’t become “bestsellers”. But somehow Bushcraft 101 made it onto the 2014 New York Times list of Best Selling Sports Books. Why was that? In our opinion this book was popular because it’s a good, basic beginner bushcraft/wilderness survival book that can also be enjoyed by an experienced outdoors person because of the author’s credentials, writing style and content.Written by Dave Canterbury, known to many people as one of the original two survivalists on the TV show “Dual Survival,” where he was teamed with Cody Lundin (Dave was the one that wore shoes), the book focuses on Dave’s view of bushcraft; a view that means taking advantage of what nature makes available to you and using a minimum of gear to survive and thrive in the natural world, carrying “the knowledge and skills needed to create items straight from the landscape”.The main way that Dave’s book differs from the first two books on our favorites list is due to his focus on the skills necessary to thrive in the woods – not just the skills essential to surviving in the wild in an emergency. Because of this much of the book is based on Canterbury’s “Five Cs of Survivability” – items chosen since they are extremely hard to make in the wild and directly impact controlling your body’s core temperature. Dave’s Five Cs are: 1) Cutting Tools – to manufacture needed items and process food 2) Covering Elements – to create a microclimate of protection from the elements 3) Combustion Devices – for creating the fires needed not only to preserve and cook food, but also to make medicines and provide needed warmth 4) Containers – to carry water over distances or to protect collected food sources 5) Cordages – for bindings and lashingsThe book also shows how Dave has a “systems” mindset (e.g. never carry anything unless it can perform multiple functions).The book has sections on:Gearing UpYour PackToolsRope, Cordage, Webbings, and KnotsContainers and Cooking ToolsCoverageCombustionIn The BushSetting Up CampNavigating TerrainTrees: the Four-Season ResourceTrapping and Processing GameAppendicesConserving and Utilizing resourcesWild Edibles and Medicinal PlantsBush RecipesGlossaryDave’s detailed section on Tools is especially helpful for people new to camping. We also like Dave’s “Four Ws” relating to setting up a camp – Wood, Water, Wind and Widowmakers. Having 256 pages, measuring 5½ x ¾ x 8½ inches and weighing ~10 ounces this is probably a book that you learn from but do not take on the trail with you. Although shorter than all of our other recommended books, Bushcraft 101 is not intended to be all encompassing – since it is only intended to cover the “20 percent of bushcraft that is of the most value”.
I have not yet finished the book but I have read quite a bit of it. (Not bragging). But from what I have read so far it has been very informative. As I have seen a lot of other comments on this book, it really is more of a starting point. It describes the basics and kind of points you in the general direction. You will defiantly need do further research into the different subjects the book touches on. But overall the book contains some good information and I have enjoyed reading it so far.
The Saxon –
Dave Cantabery the guy knows his stuff. This is the 3rd copy of bushcraft 101 I have owned. I gave my other copies away to camping buddies over the years to help them expand there skill sets. From bass survival to advanced wilderness living Bushcraft 101 has the info you need, explained in manner that any one can comprehend(the illustrations don’t hurt). If your in to the outdoors or are looking for the perfect gift for some one who is you should definitely consider Bushcraft 101.