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  1. Mother Nature is the best manufacturer we know……

    isnt mother nature a wonderful thing by beaver bushcraftThere is something about the beauty of natural materials, from leather to wood to antler. Even fungus can…. its amazing to think you can use a raw material produced by mother nature to inspire beautifully crafted items, I guess that’s why we are in Bushcraft. You can take a Horse Hoof fungus and turn it into something very practical like Amadou Tinder - from a scraggy looking bit of  Fungus growing on a tree to producing a soft velvet leather like product that can be used for Fire Lighting. Amadou once it has been processed, produces the most amazing soft texture with a richness of colour and pattern, so luxurious to touch that its hard to think of it starting out as a  mushroom.Amadou amd horse hoof fungus by Beaver Bushcraft

    That’s why we at Beaver Bushcraft love using natural materials. We love making items out of 'natural' unprocessed  leather (blonde/russet) which allows the texture of the skin to show through. With age, with use and exposure to light, the character of the leather can change and take on a rich patina of its own. Even the stretch marks from the animal can add character and pattern to the leather. Wood and Antler can also over time take on a richness, the more they are handled the better they look. Modern mass produced materials often look flat and have very little individuality. Some with use over time become tatty whereas an old handmade wooden box or an old leather Belt, like a good wine, will age gracefully and some might say look better with age!!  

    Antler-hand made stash pot with black leather thong and contents-beaver busAntler is an amazing natural product, hard wearing, looks beautiful and used for so many practical things throughout the ages. From being used for Flint Knapping, to spoons, drinking horns (think Vikings) to jewellery, fastenings, to being made into these beautiful traditionally inspired Sami pots. Like I said, mother nature is the best manufacture of all, she gives us beautiful materials to work with and the best thing of all, she never makes the same pattern twice!

  2. And a bit of ember malipulation....

    Fire-Ferro Rod English Yew-Beaver Bushcraf 2Been another busy week at Beaver Bushcraft. Trying to get all our new products up on the website has been a bit slower the expected due to the weather conditions. One day raining, then a little bit of snow then the sun comes out which means a quick dash outside to do the product shots.

    We have had some lovely hand made Ferrocium Fire Steels arrive in from a talented maker based in the UK. The thing we like about these particular Fire Steels is that the designs are so varied  that there is a style to suit everyone's tastes, from traditional wooden handled ones to something a bit more funky. Make great birthday gifts too, something that’s a little different.

    leather- fire-showing ember malipitation with antler toggle-beaver bushcrafWe have also started to add to our range of 'oiled' leather  pouches. Our newest one has a handmade antler 'dibber' attached for 'ember manipulation'!!!! A handy little tool for teasing and playing with your ember without burning yourself. This style of Pouch is based on a traditional pattern and has two separate compartments, one side to keep your flint and steel in and the other side for Tinders. Actually you don't have to use it for that, one friend of ours uses his for his medicines!

    We still have more products to come, such as  some leather making  tools, plus Mark is designing some new 'hard' leather pouches and a new Belt design to come. Then we can start prepping for the Bushcraft Show…looking forward to the summer.