Bushcraft Illustrated : A Visual Guide by Dave Canterbury

Bushcraft Illustrated : A Visual Guide by Dave Canterbury

An alluring coffee table book, as hailed by The Wall Street Journal, has been brought to us by Dave Canterbury, a wilderness expert, New York Times bestselling author, and YouTube sensation. Canterbury’s book offers a comprehensive guide to enhance your bushcraft or wilderness survival skills. It covers a wide range of topics, including shelter options, essential tools, edible plants, and much more!

Before embarking on any wilderness adventure, it is crucial to know what essentials to carry and what knowledge to possess. This ultimate outdoor reference guide, crafted by the seasoned survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, equips you with the essential information. Bushcraft Illustrated is jam-packed with over 300 illustrations, showcasing the necessary tools and skills for an extraordinary outdoor experience.

This comprehensive guide covers a plethora of topics, including:

  • Packs: Discover the different types of packs available and learn how to craft and pack your own.
  • Cordage: Acquire essential knot knowledge crucial for outdoor survival.
  • Firecraft: Master the art of starting a fire using various materials.
  • Trapping: Gain valuable tips for catching small game.
  • Plants: Explore a catalog of edible plants, perfect for foraging.

In addition to these topics, Bushcraft Illustrated offers numerous other invaluable skills and tips that will aid both seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and adventure novices. The book’s illustrations and clear, step-by-step instructions make it a must-have reference for anyone seeking to enhance their wilderness survival skills.

Review: Bushcraft Illustrated – A Visual Guide by Dave Canterbury

Hey, this is Corey from Wolfpack Woodcraft, and in this week’s article, we’ll be discussing “Bushcraft Illustrated” by Dave Canterbury, a visual guide. Many of you have suggested that I review this book, as I previously went through the Dave Canterbury series of books but omitted this one. The reason for this was that I didn’t own it, and I underestimated its value, assuming it was simply a more visually appealing version of “Bushcraft 101.” However, after seeing the frequent recommendations from you all, I decided to purchase it and provide my honest opinions. I’m glad I did because “Bushcraft Illustrated” offers a unique perspective.

While “Bushcraft Illustrated” covers a lot of the same information as “Bushcraft 101,” it goes beyond the basics with more detailed explanations and visual demonstrations of techniques that couldn’t be adequately conveyed in the text-only format of the previous book. There are certainly shared concepts and knowledge between the two books, but “Bushcraft Illustrated” delves deeper into certain topics, such as knots, where it includes more pages and larger pictures for better comprehension.

Personally, I prefer “Bushcraft Illustrated” over “Bushcraft 101” because I am a visual learner. The illustrations in this book helped me understand and replicate the techniques more easily compared to reading about them in the previous book. While “Bushcraft 101” provided a solid foundation, “Bushcraft Illustrated” added a visual component that enhanced my understanding and ability to apply the skills discussed.

Reading “Bushcraft Illustrated” was a worthwhile experience as it didn’t take long due to its visual nature. The book is easy to pick up and get into, with concise explanations accompanying each illustration to ensure clarity. The small text blurbs accompanying the pictures help readers understand the context and details within each image, akin to the way small pictures in “Bushcraft 101” aided in comprehending the corresponding text.

Although “Bushcraft Illustrated” shares some information with “Bushcraft 101,” it still offers valuable reminders and additional insights. For instance, it serves as a helpful reminder of fundamental concepts, such as understanding the parts of an axe, that are important to keep in mind. Rather than being redundant, this repetition ensures the essential knowledge is consistently reinforced without extensively duplicating content.

I thoroughly enjoyed “Bushcraft Illustrated” and am happy to have it in my collection. It is my favorite book in the series so far. The visuals within the book are aesthetically pleasing and skillfully explain various topics, from traps to cordage to different knife grinds. It covers aspects not found in “Bushcraft 101” and instills confidence in readers who aim to replicate the illustrated techniques.

Overall, I rate “Bushcraft Illustrated” 10 out of 10. I believe anyone who owns this book will appreciate its value. It has become my go-to reference for outdoor skills due to its visual nature, making it effortless to find and understand the techniques I need. I would love to hear your thoughts on “Bushcraft Illustrated” if you own it, as well as your favorite outdoor books. Share your opinions in the comments below, and I look forward to seeing you in my next article!

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