The Swiss Army Knife Book
Woodsman Felix Immler reveals how we can build a comfortable camp in the wilderness using nothing more than a pocket knife. Simple natural materials are used for making a waterproof roof, a chair, a bed, a table, a fridge, and an oven, as well as for carving spoons, knifes, and bowls. You can even grill a chicken on a self-made, water-driven skewer. The book is full of ideas for exciting and thrilling activities, suitable for families and teens as well as adult explorers.
Felix Immler is a trained mechanic, social worker, and nature educator. Having run workshops in bushcraft and historical handicraft techniques for more than ten years, he is currently working for Victorinox as a pocket knife educator. His YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/Taschenmesserbuch) features English language videos on bushcraft and has over 15,000 subscribers.
Foreword Introduction What is bushcraft, exactly? PROJECTS Improvised tools and implements Wooden mallet Digging stick Shovel Pickaxe Wood splitter Broom Hand brush Ladder Leaf rake Charcoal sticks Stone axe Stone knife Stone hammer Fixed camp structures Sloping roof Bed Fireplace with light and heat reflector Board table Bench Shelving Fridge Stone oven Hammock Sawhorse Mobile camp equipment Table made of branches Bushcraft chair Three-legged stool Wash station Tin can grater Wardrobe Clothes hanger Resin candle Woven seat cushion Cooking utensils Tablespoon Ladle Bowl Bark spoon Spreading knife Table fork Egg beater or whisk Split wooden drinking cup Bark cup Bark container Basket Hanging basket Chopping board Rolling pin Brush Pot drainer Cooking area Pot holders Grilling grate Grilling tongs Barbecue fork Bark pot Blowpipe Bellows Water-powered spit Wood-fired gas oven Gathering bushcraft materials Natural binding materials Branches and boards Bark, greenery, leaves, pine branches, moss Using your pocket knife Suitable penknives The nine safety rules Opening and folding the tools How to hold your knife when cutting The fist grip The rough cut The fine cut Splitting Using the wood saw Fixing wood in place without technical tools Boring and piercing with the reamer Legal aspects, codes of conduct and the position of your camp Do you need permission to set up your camp? Are you allowed to camp overnight in the woods? Leave no trace Choosing the right place for your camp Acknowledgements About the author