How would you fair in this bushcraft test?
We all like to put ourselves through a challenge every know and then. It allows us to see what we’re made of and learn about where we are in a given pursuit. If you are serious about bushcraft, give this bushcraft test a try.
The test is to take a paring knife, or otherwise undersized knife, and head to your woodpile. See if you can use the knife and find a way to split a decent sized log.
If you really want to see what you’re made of STOP reading and give it a whirl. If you just can’t wait take at least a few moments to ponder about how you would proceed in the challenge.
Alright, now watch this video to see some other students trying this same bushcraft test at an education session.
Honestly how did you do? I feel as thought I had been put in the same situation I would have hacked and chopped away with my tiny knife as well. Had it been a legit survival situation, I have to believe I would have made the wedge in the end.
Bushcraft is an amazing educational opportunity in today’s America. We live in a world where we want the “right answer.” If we face a problem there generally is a very structured process to deal with it. Need a home mortgage? Follow these steps. Is your electricity not working in one room? Follow these steps. In other words, we often, not always, have specific processes to follow to solve a problem. Not so in bushcraft.
In bushcraft you have to use some fundamental knowledge such as how to make fire, how to make cordage, some basic plant identification, and so on . After that it really is up to your creativity to solve the problem. Bushcraft forces you to analyze the world in a different light and solve your problems to the best of your ability.
For example, Native American people all needed shelter. When you examine the 500 different nations of people who inhabited this land you can see a plethora of different answers to the question; how do we make shelter? There were longhouses, thatched houses, teepees, igloos, and wigwams just to name a few. They used their creativity to use their surrounding resources in creative ways. By understanding some basic principles they were able to best address unique problems they faced.
If you didn’t perform well on this bushcraft test don’t worry about it. It seems the point of the test was to illustrate a point about creative thinking rather than to make people look silly. I’m just glad it didn’t catch me trying!