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  1. IA Woodsman

    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Lifetime Supporter Bushclass Instructor

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    After all Lessons are complete including the outings, you must share the lessons you learned and document it. Take someone to the woods on an overnight. Family and friends work the best. This is a culmination of the skills you have learned and sharing that information is the reason Bushclass was started.



    Post your over night and the skills you shared with another person.
     
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    Loogaroo Guide Bushclass I

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    Best lesson yet.
     
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  3. John Fenna

    John Fenna Scout Bushclass III

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    To complete this lesson I took three service users from the Care Farm I work at into the woods on the Farm and instructed them in Flint and Steel fire lighting.
    All the participants have “issues” which range from Learning Disability through physical impairment to socialising problems.
    The three guys all managed to create fire using the flint and steel – which was quite a major ego boost for two of them who have physical mobility problems.
    The photos were taken by the participants and are not of the clearest…. But still show that the lesson was achieved!
    I have only had one of the service users stay overnight so far - but they did so on the night of my birthday Meet and enjoyed the celebrations.
    That night a new member of South Wales Bushcrafters also joined us and they both had lessons in starting fires, mainly with ferro rods and cramp balls.
    A pal presenting me with my birthday cake - Service user in the background
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    Clearing new pitches in the woods
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  4. John Fenna

    John Fenna Scout Bushclass III

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    Teaching flint and steel work to Service users
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  5. John Fenna

    John Fenna Scout Bushclass III

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    Making Charcloth with the service users
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  7. Sgt. Mac

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    Congrats on completing the Advanced Class. You are the first! Job well done
     
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    John Fenna Scout Bushclass III

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    It makes me very proud (and a little dazed...) to be the first!
    Good luck and good 'crafting to everyone else :)
     
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    Exy Bushmaster

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    Thanks for all your time and effort Terry.

    That goes for Sgt Mac too.
     
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    mbiraman Guide Bushclass II

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    Congrats John on completing the advanced class.
     
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  11. kcardwel

    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    Here is the last of the things I supposed to do. went up with some folks and had my daughter and family come up. at 6000 ft. it was cold and a light snow fell Friday night. here are some pics and a video of my daughter getting her first bowdrill. Itis long so you might not want to watchit all. I basically showed them how to make charred punkwood and cedar bark, find good tinder, how to light fatwood curls with a firesteel, bowdrill, and what to look for in wood as good dry tinder and burnable wood. Let me know Sgt. if you want me to send you all the recorded requirements for the advanced class and will do that or if you already have that?
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    continued
     
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  12. kcardwel

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    showing kyle flint and steel fire
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    Cindy and I waking up this morning with coffee and fire
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    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    And finally Heather's successful bowdrill
    [video=youtube;Gt_H1Y08Y-I]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_H1Y08Y-I&feature=youtu.be[/video]
     
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  14. Sgt. Mac

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    Congrats on completing the Advanced Class Ken!
     
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    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    Thankyou and a big thanks to you and all the teachers!
     
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    Congrats Ken!


    No surprise that you would have this done so quick.
     
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  17. Howie

    Howie Guide Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    good on ya ken!
     
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  18. Howie

    Howie Guide Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    In the spirit of Mentorship and Bushclass, I thought this was a good way for me to accomplish this last lesson by going out with a very long time friend, and accomplishing the entire Basic class, together for an overnight in the mountains. What better way for me to finish and Him to start. All 13 basic requirements are shown with six electives.

    [video=youtube;LiF7IJUIBq4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiF7IJUIBq4&feature=youtu.be[/video]

    In some ways this is kinda a bittersweet end to a series of online interactions for the last several years of doing these. Thank you to my Bud, for this trip, and to Terry and Mac.
     
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  19. Sgt. Mac

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    Wow Howie way to set the bar! Congrats on completing the Advanced Class, and job well done!!
     
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  20. Howie

    Howie Guide Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Thanks Mac
     
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  21. karateka

    karateka Tracker Bushclass III

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    completion of bush class advanced, yahoo

    started teaching the wife bushcraft ,couldn't have done it without guy's teaching me , this is an on going thing with the wife ,great to have a wife who is interested in this stuff ,if you need more pics let me know ,I will be teaching others ,we live in an uncertain world ,disasters and war .be prepared
     

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  22. Longbeard

    Longbeard Continental Drifter Bushclass III

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    At the 88 Tactical skills weekend, I got a chance to finish my final Bushclass Advanced lesson - Mentoring.

    My primary victim/volunteer for this lesson was Woodsghost. We have camped together several times and I knew he would appreciate learning some prairie skills. Out on the wind-blown, treeless prairie, the right tool for the job is a shovel.

    First up was the Dakotah fire hole. PIC by Dutchman
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    While the fire ring was blowing smoke and ash in every direction, we harnessed the prevailing wind and used it to stoke the flames in the hole.
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    The fuel was wood mixed with walnuts, an old blacksmith trick. Sorry, there were no cow turds available.
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    A variation on the hole: Instead of 2 vertical holes connected by a tunnel, we dug the second hole as a sloping vent that connects to the bottom of the fire pit. PIC by Dutchman.
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    continued...
     
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  23. Longbeard

    Longbeard Continental Drifter Bushclass III

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    Next, we got busy with the 2nd digging project, something I call the Fire Bed. The trench dimensions were: a spade width wide,
    a spade blade deep and a full body length long.
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    Woodsghost digging his trench.
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    The bottom of the trench got a 5 gallon bucket-load of railroad ballast rock that I had brought along.
    Then we got a load of wood into the trench and robbed some coals from the fire ring to get it started.
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    After 2 hours or so of burn time we filled in the coal bed with dirt and leveled it off.
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    An old canvas tarp went on top just to keep his sleeping bag clean. You don't want or need any other insulation between you and the warmth. The next morning Woodsghost was pretty happy with the results. In fact, the trench was still warm and stayed warm throughout the day Saturday. The beauty of this method is there is no fire to tend overnight. It's best used in spring and fall since you can't dig when the ground is frozen.

    continued...
     
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  24. Longbeard

    Longbeard Continental Drifter Bushclass III

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    To take a break from digging, I set up a tarp shelter (BCUSA 10x10) for high wind conditions and then helped Txpenhall do his the same way, low and aerodynamic. Even after the wind shifted 90 degrees, his shelter held firm while others did not. As we
    found out later that night, the wind out there can really scream. PIC by Kurt992
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    I helped Gumbi get his first bowdrill fire about 2 1/2 years ago and his practice in the meantime was evident. PIC by Guy
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    Thus endeth the lesson. I'm glad that a lot of guys got to see it in person.
     
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  25. Kurt992

    Kurt992 Guide Lifetime Supporter Bushclass II

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    I knew you were mentoring last fall, so I was wondering when these pictures would post. Nice job.

    Are you coming back this year?
     
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  26. Longbeard

    Longbeard Continental Drifter Bushclass III

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    Absolutely coming back for the next one. As it turns out I had one last elective to finish (fishing kit) before I could post this. Due to being on the AT and being a crappy fisherman, it took this long to finish. In the mean time I have taught bowdrill to the next generation while I'm out in the mtns hiking, very gratifying.
     
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  27. Sgt. Mac

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    Congrats on completing the Advanced Bush Class!!!!
     
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    GreenFrog In the Forest Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    Made it out this weekend with some members to hammock camp and share a fire.

    I was able to demo just a few skills including making black birch toothbrushes to get the scum off your teeth. You could use a variety of woods but black or yellow birch trees have that distinctive winter green (methyl salicylate) flavoring so they make the best choice.
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    We also properly identified Oyster mushrooms and fried them up in a touch of oil with s&p for a tasty sandwich.
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    And we found some milkweed so was able to share some material processing and reverse wrap cordage technique.
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    That was about it for this outing as I wasn't camping with newbies but I'm very much looking forward to sharing more skills and adding to this post to complete a worthy Mentor outing.

    Very grateful for the skills and camaraderie shared on this site. Thank you to the mods and instructors and anyone else who posts as a beginner or expert with something to share.
     
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    Congrats on completing the Advanced Bush Class!!! A great achievement for you
     
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  30. mbiraman

    mbiraman Guide Bushclass II

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    Congrats to both Longbeard and Greenfrog for finishing their Advanced class.
     
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  31. wa_medic

    wa_medic Scout Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Finished up all my other requirements for the Advanced class in the early fall and have been working on a mentoring curriculum with my family since. I've covered these topics, but it's taken some time:

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    I based it off of the Bushclass, but also used these resources:

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    Covering knots one night:

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    Some basics of knife handling and shelter building for the youngest member:


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    More shelter building and overnight:

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    Walkabouts for plant ID and uses:

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    Oregon grape ID and use recently (above) with teaching about various teas (below).

    Stag horn sumac:

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    The requisite Pine needle tea in this lesson and walkabout. Also covered some fire lays. This is a small "long" fire:

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    Shavings lesson and fire basics lesson:

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    Teaching a local variant of the twig bundle fire. Prickly lettuce and tumble mustard plants go up just as well as spruce/pine twigs:

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    Thanks for the awesome education and teaching! I continue to learn from the members on this site!
     
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  32. Sgt. Mac

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    Congrats on completing the Advanced Bush Class!!! Job well done!!
     
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  33. IA Woodsman

    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Lifetime Supporter Bushclass Instructor

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    Peter M Plant Nerd and Scatologist Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor Bushclass II

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    GWell guys this was the final lesson! I'll keep it short! We did a overnight in South Carolina and went over quite a bit of skills! It was a nice outing, with my wife and dog!


    Setting up tarp, she learned all of the knots I showed her last time a couple weeks ago and got them all right! But we did have to adjust the taunt line hitch with more wraps because the new ridgeline is pretty thin.
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    Camp set up!
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    My wife's first night under a tarp so I put down a wool blanket to ease her mind about the ground.
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    We had to remove a sapling that we ended up using as our pothook, I taught her how to bend over the sapling to make a clean easy cut.
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    Huntingfor a tree to teach axemenship but we were losing light fast!
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    I used a down tree to demonstrate proper chopping and getting large chunks and being accurate. It became dark before I could finish and I have a no swinging axes in th dark.
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    Fire time! We did this with a firesteel and shavings. She has done this many times before!
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    Now going over other fire lighting. Matches, Ferro rod, lighter, and flint and steel, chaga, and char cloth. She is cutting up cloth right here
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    Char cloth cooking!
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    Set up a easy tripod.
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  35. Peter M

    Peter M Plant Nerd and Scatologist Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor Bushclass II

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    I really like this pot hook design because I don't see people use it a lot, it doesn't take complex knife skills and very adjustable
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    We heated up some water for simple ramen for the night. We didn't plan this night out in advance, we just rummaged around for something that we east.
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    She is drinking water not eating ramen haha.
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    Good morning!
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    Morning tea fire prep!
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    Flint and steel with char cloth we made the night before.
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    Pine straw tinder bundle goes up like crazy!
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  36. Peter M

    Peter M Plant Nerd and Scatologist Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor Bushclass II

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    Nice deer track on the hike out, it was defiantly from that night!
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    Peter M Plant Nerd and Scatologist Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor Bushclass II

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    Thank you!
     
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    atlastrekker Supporter Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    I've taken a long term approach to mentoring, I think that is more what this is about, so I hope that is ok. All through out the bushclass I have been bringing my kids along with me on most of my lessons. They have picked up quite a bit, just by watching. Enough so that the last time we went on a family camp out my mother mentioned that my kids knew quite a bit for their age, but then that she wasn't surprised considering who their dad is. I took them on this outing to go over some things, learn some things, and maybe forget some things, but they will continue to learn as they grow older. I hope that when they are on their own, or even when they have kids of their own they will appreciate the effort that I have put in for them to learn this stuff and pass the skills along. I would also like to add here that I take this teaching to our youth seriously for other kids as well. In this video you'll see that there is two boys, but I have a son and daughter. For this trip my daughter was sick, so we brought a family friend along. He's been around a few times, so he's getting good at this stuff as well and really enjoys it. I have an open invitation to all of the neighborhood kids and all of my kids friends from school, into my shop, into my woods, any time. I've given welding lessons, worked on 16 year old kids cars with them, taught them how to pitch a tent, and tons of other little things. It's very satisfying.


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    I really appreciate all that the teachers of this class, the moderators of the forum, and the great people who frequent this forum have done to teach me and my family these skills. I will continue to share them here, and help others along just as others have helped me.

    Thank you.
     
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  42. Peter M

    Peter M Plant Nerd and Scatologist Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor Bushclass II

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    Nice @atlastrekker ! Man pretty funny me you and @pab1 all finished bushclass 3 within 2 weeks of each other when the last time before that was over a full year ago! Congrats though guys!
     
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    I'm really bad about not checking Bushclass posts until I'm adding something. Congrats @Peter M and @atlastrekker! Good work to both of you!
     
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    I know right! Hopefully some more will follow soon. I know there are a few that are close and @OMRebel is coming up quick! 2018 will be the year 10 will turn to 20.

    Thank you, and the same to you!
     
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    OMRebel Meanderer of the Piney Woods Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    @atlastrekker Congratulations! Those are some lucky youngster's!
     
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    atlastrekker Supporter Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Thanks fellas! It's me who is a lucky dad...
     
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    notoiletpaperinthewoods MOA #58 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    For the mentorship part of Bushclass, I decided to take my wife Ashley out for an overnighter.

    I am extremely proud of her success. She suffers from an autoimmune disease, so the tasks that she completed were much harder for her to accomplish than they were for me.

    For her class I decided to cover plant/tree identification, splitting and batoning wood with a knife, fire by flint and steel, and three different knots.

    The plants/trees she identified were American Holly, Yaupon, and Dwarf Palmetto. I explained a use for each of them. Her favorite was the American Holly tree.

    When we went to setup our fire she split the wood as well as batoned. This surprised me because I hadn't actually planned on her wanting to do these tasks due to her condition. She was more than eager and performed perfectly and safely.

    After processing firewood it was time for a demonstration on flint and steel. She didn't quit until she got it. She created a platform and brace too and the fire went off without a hitch! I could tell after creating fire she was very excited and proud of her accomplishments.

    Once that was all done we sat down and went over the slipknot, sheets bend, and clove hitch.

    After all was completed we celebrated with s'mores.

    This has been a great journey for me. I really want to thank everyone running bushcraftusa, the instructors, and everyone who supported my efforts and gave me feedback and advice. I feel like Bushclass has taught me valuable knowledge. I will continue to use the skills taught in Bushclass on my future adventures. I will also be passing on the knowledge to any of my friends and family who are curious about my hobby!

    Here are the pictures from our overnighter:

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