WOODSMANS'S KNOWLEDGE



okay now let's look at some of the resources of the pine tree first the obvious wood it's grown and cultivated for dimensional lumber so with just an accent saw in a few wedges you can split off boards and make dimensional lumber for making walls tables floors etc as carving pine wood is soft it's easy to carve and so it can be made into functional objects like plates or trenchers and things like that but understand the pine sap when the wood is green will add a flavor so you need to let it dry before you start eating off of it otherwise you get a pine flavor you don't necessarily gonna like okay route cordage this is one things that most people don't think about when they're looking at it and that's the fact that pine trees have this mass of little wire like roots that run out from it you dig down and hit one of them and there can be like the size of a pencil and running eight or ten feet long they make very good cordage to wrap around and bind back upon themselves and then as they drive they harden into position good for building shelters when he ain't got cordage pine can be used for that food pine trees produce several forms of food pine nuts which come out of the pine cones are gathered and eat can be eaten raw they can also be roasted and adding as a flavoring to things I've even had people tell me that they've made a coffee substitute between that and dandelion root they say it tastes more like coffee together haven't tried that pine bark bacon I haven't tried this either but I've seen videos on it and I've seen people that have swear they've done it and tasted it and what it is it's the inner bark of the pine tree is turned into a flat piece that's in processed and roasted for lack of a better term than eating like bacon inner bark inner bark can be shaved into long thin strips and these strips can then be taken and boiled and eaten like a noodle or something like that again it is edible maybe not terribly palatable but it is edible and can keep you going when there's nothing else pine needle tea the no-brainer this was a staple of the old Wisman for millennia it was a way of getting some vitamin C getting some minerals getting a little pick-me-up now how to make pine needle tea you want to start with the small little pine trees because it grew immature tree first limbs 25 feet up you ain't gonna get that easy but a young tree you take the very new buds that are just coming up the new leaves and pick them off too you got a good sized handful put your little pot of boiling water as soon as the water comes to a good boil and it's there for sterilize set it off the heat wait till all the bubbles disappear and then add the pine needles back into the water you want it on the cooling cycle not only coming up cycle if you do and boil it you kind of destroy some of the stuff and you lose some of the good benefits let this steep for about 10 minutes and fish out the needles or filter them out sometimes it's actually pretty good fire is a fire storage well of course pine wood is a fuel source it's easily and readily available easily broken by hand and put into a fire it does however impart a flavor to meats and things if you're roasting over it so you need to be aware of this so if I'm boiling something in a pot or whatever it doesn't matter but if I'm roasting a sauce excuse me roasting a sausage or something out there it does the smoke from pine especially if it's any kind of green can impart a flavor that you may not like so just be aware of that when you're using it for cooking fatwood no-brainer pine trees as they die and dry up become fat wood this is one big hunk of fat wood right here this thing can be 20-30 years old it won't decay it won't rot it can be sopping wet and you can pull it up make shavings up and you'll catch the spark catch flame and burn my number one go-to in wet conditions x sap the actual SAP of the tree either fresh or dried is a fire extender think of it like Jill gasoline take it and smear it on something it will catch a flame it will catch a spark the dried stuff does just as good pattered a little bit and hit it with a spark or hit it with a flame and they'll catch fire and it will burn nice hot and bubbly and catch other things on fire so it is like napalm woke up Danny pine tree and stabbed it and get some SAP and use it as an accelerant to put on something so that when you hit it with the flame it will catch things are wet time say it's gonna burn pine nuts pine knots are worthy to limbs to the tree in the old woodsman and they'd found a Down pine quite often would break those off and tear him to camp and at night after they're done cooking everything they would put pine nuts in the fire that's because it's got fat wood in it and produces a big tall bright flame that lit up a large area and therefore was a source of light with relatively little fuel got a relatively big flame out of it as a bug repellent you want to look for a dead down rotting pine tree and you got the center core that's fat wood but it's the spongy rotten softwood that's what you want you want to put that on the side of the fire and let it smolder the smoke coming off of it repels insects now you can take that once you've smoked it a little bit and you can crush it up with it and rub it on you and it will act as an insect repellent on you yes you're gonna smell like pine tree and yes you're gonna get City and dirty but it beats being eaten alive by mosquitoes now it's medicine pine sap is a wound closure now there are much more modern and better ways to do this but if you ain't got nothing else and you've got to close this up when I was a boy and we'd be in the field doing something if I got cut or heard whatever my grinde would walk over to pine tree and he'd stab it with his knife and after a minute and two the pine sap and start running take that and he'd rub it on the cut and he'd squeeze the cut shut and that would hold it he'd also take a young limb that very small dam her young limb and he'd split a piece off of it shaved out a bar and pull the soft bark off and put it over your finger like a band-aid it would stick because of the barks and it was like a woodsman's band-aid now more modern things are better but if you got no other choice it does work as a wound closure and something to get you to medical aid pine tar sad this is a mixture of pine tar lard and tallow and it's used as a medicinal to put onto irritations and things like that and sin think like Vaseline pine tar soap say my dead different ratio is used for cleaning and washing and disinfecting same thing now miscellaneous hot hands the pine tree bark big wide sheets of it was developed to protect the tree from fire many of the pines need fire for their cones to open up but the pine bark is actually remarkably good as insulation so if you cut off two fairly good-sized pieces of bark you can use them like hot hands to grab a hot pot and pick up and move they're better insulating than just a plain piece of bark and you grab something a lot hotter and not burn your hands so you can using like hot hands pine straw baskets pine straw can be cold up and sewn wrapped and create a tube that you continuously spiral up to make pine straw baskets big usable baskets for multiple use as well as pine straw cooking this is something I spoke of an earlier thing now I have seen it done mostly in the summer time and what what happen is you dig a hole with vertical wall then you take the pot you're going to use and you sat it in there and you made a heavy thick pack down layered pine straw on the bottom and then you put the pot in there and you pack pine straw all the way around just as tight as you can get it you want about three inches below ground surface until you get it packed blood tight make sure the pots clean now in a separate pot you're going to bring the food up to a boil and you're gonna get it to balls 10 20 minutes and then you're gonna pour it into that pot in the ground you're gonna put the lid on you're gonna put a big piece of aluminum foil on it and you're gonna rake hot dirt from the fire we build our fires up on a mound so now we move the fire off when we rake that hot dirt over the top make a mound and we'd go to the field and do whatever else we need to do it late like a slow cooker you got a member here in my side like right now the temperatures in the like 96 97 that would still be well over a hundred degrees when you got back six seven hours later and that food would be cooked in there the pine straw acts like insulation around it holding the heat hay box cooking do some research on that you see that so again pine trees a resource that's everywhere in America of varying degrees you need to do the dirt time and see if this list applies to your trees it may vary due to species one may be a little more toxic better or a little more susceptible or palatable than the other but that's going to require you doing your research now I want a resource I'm tripping over in all season and the pine tree is one of those my forest or solid full of them so no matter what I can find them and when I find one I have a list of resources that I know that they can be usable and this is just a taste I'm sure that you out there is gonna listen another hundred uses I haven't even thought of for the pine tree but that's how you build your woods knowledge you start by saying I'm gonna study this and see how many pieces of this puzzle you can bring in until you got a big puzzle that's the pine tree or the willow tree or the walnut tree or the hickory tree or a plantain or whatever plant study one until you have a real solid working knowledge then move on to the next one I want resources I am tripping over I don't want I like to know about that exotic plant but one that I have to spend a week trying to find is not going to help me out in a crisis situation I'm gonna pine tree hope this helps guys please leave any questions or comments below and as always thank you very much for subscribing to my channel and please leave any questions or comments below until next time I'm black you for shamans forwards wishing you safe journeys have a great day guys

9 thoughts on “WOODSMANS'S KNOWLEDGE”

  1. Going out in the wild for 13days starting in a few hours!! I will try your bug repellant technique and many tips you previously shown. Thanks for sharing sir, have a nice day!!

  2. Great little tutorial on pine trees .. we are blessed with an abundance of them in the south for sure ..2 other resources for them .. dry pine needles processed will make a good. Birds nest .. pine cones make a great tinder source .. .. personally I'm ready for this heat wave to go away ..

  3. Pines were my key resource in Washington for shelter and fire. I didnt worry about tarps and stuff tell i moved to Missouri. We have a different type here thats not as full and useful for shelters but they are like your lest here very good in other ways

  4. Absolutely a blessing, just one question, does this pertain to White pine trees or every pine tree, I truly appreciate everything

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