Thursday, 6 November 2008
One door closes:
I'm a bit gutted to be reporting this but Outdoors Magazine is no more. Over the last few years I've read a fair amount of it -but sadly not all of it - and its always been the best Bushcraft resource on the web. No cliques of sniping armchair experts and LOADS of great content.
This post on British Blades has most of the details.
Fortunately a quick search for Bushcraft had revealed that a great new Bushcraft forum has opened its doors:
I dispatched Dixon of Dockgreen to investigate
Superintendent bushwacker: Well well well what 'ave we got 'ere then?
Dixon of Dockgreen: It looks like a new bushcraft forum 'as sprung up on the interweb sah!
Superintendent bushwacker: 'Ave we any idea who is responsible?
Dixon of Dockgreen: Foal play is suspected sah!
OK OK puns aside. A blogger called Foal has started the site for all those people who feel that hunting, survival/preparedness, and even a little politics are suitable topics of discussion for adults interested in bushcraft. So far the site has blazed a slightly different trail to the sites that have come before it, and while it's early days, I'm really enjoying the chance to hear a few different viewpoints.
Forums are a bit like pubs really, although we don't own them (or have to put up with any of the hassle of managing them) we make an emotional investment in them, and feel they should be as comfortable and familiar as our daily newspaper; a place where opinions are reassuringly similar to the ones we already hold. In reality forums are much more like family's - your thrown together with people you only enjoy a passing agreement with, people fall in and fall out, feuds and sulks are acted out, and in amongst that we grow from the process of learning to get along while being exposed to the strange beliefs of others.
I'll be there reading, posting, and hopefully being provoked. I look forward to meeting you down there.
Is your current forum high in pomposity and low in geniality?
Try new ..... Bushcraftusa.com