Canadian guide, musher and old friend Jeff Butler (of Northwoods Survival) and I discuss how depth of knowledge is being replaced by shallow understanding and rant about a variety of aspects of the outdoor industry. We also talk about dispelling myths of survival and what he’s working on next; a cultural tourism business.
Recorded at Jeff’s place in New Brunswick, Canada in November of 2017.
PHOTO: Snowshoes being used as a pot suspension system.
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I enjoyed your discussion very much. I feel much of what people call Bushcraft today are the skills people used in the bush while doing something else. I have never used a bowdrill & don’t feel lesser for it. Here’s a story from me . I was guiding fishermen at a fly in camp 57 deg North in Saskatchewan. We were a party of 3 boats , 3 guides & 6 anglers . When we stopped for shorelunch it was discovered we didn’t bring matches along. Johnny Canada loosened a spark plug then reinstalled in the lead cable , John Luc Dubis dipped toilet paper in the outboard gas tank . John Luc then held the gas soated paper beside the plug and Johnny pulled the starter cord on the outboard making the plug spark which ignited the paper thus lighting the fire and we carried on with our shore lunch chores. Real Woodsmen were the original outside the box thinkers!
Love the story Cliff. I’d love to have seen that fire get started!