Everything posted by atith
Thanks for this!
I've built a lot of things over the years besides a fire whilst in the bush. Fences, shelters, windbreaks, crude washstands and once helped build a small dock. I've used a bunch of different axes and within my collection are a few I really like. For a wilderness trip I carry an Estwing hatchet https://bestoutdooritems.com/best-felling-axe/ in my daypack, a 28" 3 lb foresters style ax I got at a garage sale and a 24" tube frame bow saw from a hardware/camping supply store. The blade guard on the saw is a length of plastic tube with a slit and a couple 550 cord ties. A saw can be much more useful than an ax at times. On YouTube, there are a lot of interesting videos about comparing the quality of different axes, check out this video, I think it will not be superfluous.
You may have Mexican Weeping Pines (Pinus patula) in your area Mozzie. They are naturalizing in NSW and Queensland from gardens and commercial plantations and are considered an invasive weed. I have one in my yard and the needle length on it is about 17cm. web references say 15 to 25cm. They are easy to recognise from a distance due to their weeping habit, the bark is red brown in places and female cones curve downwards.