Friday, October 16, 2009
Bushcraft Today is a look into how primitive and traditional living skills fit within the sphere of knowledge that is commonly referred to as “Bushcraft”.
At the outset, it’s probably helpful to distinguish between “survival skills” and “Bushcraft”. From my point of view, perhaps the easiest way of understanding the two ideas is to look at their ultimate goals. Whereas survival seeks to sustain life until rescue from the natural environment, Bushcraft seeks to master ways of living, even prospering within the natural environment indefinitely. Survival is about what it takes to get out alive, Bushcraft is about what it takes to stay in and live.
Survival is the foundation upon which all Bushcraft is built. There’s no wisdom in going out if you don’t have the skills to return.