Practical Vs. Beautiful Bushcraft Gear

There are a lot of bushcraft sites and blogs these days, and I think it’s great.  People are making all sorts of stuff out of local materials and working with their hands to solve problems.  A downside of making lots of items but not using them is that they don’t know if the things they make work.  Every shelter that you build but don’t sleep in is great.  It’s only by sleeping in it, or for other pieces of gear using it, that you determine it’s quality.  I’ve had students who have made beautiful fish spears, but when we went to spear a fish, they came apart or didn’t hold the fish.  So beware beautiful gear that isn’t practical.  And relish practical gear that isn’t beautiful.  Because in the end function counts more than aesthetics.

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