Bushcraft - The Art of Survival in Nature is Spreading - Land December 2018

The Swedish magazine Land has for me always been a symbol of reality and homesteading. The mag has been seen laying on kitchen tables in Swedish homesteads through the years.
So when Land contacted us wanting to do an interview on Bushcraft we of-course proudly said Yes.

Picture: www.land.se  Photo: Lotta Silferbrand

The nice ans skill-fulled Journalist ms Lotta Silferbrand visited us on our homestead in Riddarhyttan Sweden for some coffee and interesting conversations about what Bushcraft is and how important wilderness skills is to mankind and the environment. After that we headed out in the refreshing outdoors of Bergslagen Sweden. Besides enjoying the Autumn air we focused on fire skills from different eras. I demonstrated the bow drill technique and how to think when building, maintaining and safely putting out a fire in the outdoors.

Picture: www.land.se  Photo:Lotta Silferbrand

We wish to thank Lotta and Land for good words, nice photos and well publishing. We hope that the article can inspire more of us to go outdoors and enjoy the knowledge of Nature.

You can see the whole article in Land by clicking HERE.

Read even more about what Bushcraft is by clicking HERE.

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Hultafors Premium Axes - Vapentidningen No.1 - 2019

This year's first issue of  Vapentidningen is on its way out to the stores - No.1 - 2019.
Inside you'll find Jonas 3-page article on Hultafors Premium Axe series.

With genuine carbon steel from Smedjebacken Sweden, craftsmanship from Hults Bruk in Åby Sweden and American hickory nicely shaped by Bröderna Smedbergs in Rydaholm Sweden this series come with high quality and great history. You can see more about the axes by clicking HERE. And then we hope you pick up the mag to get more detailed information on each axe model in the Hultafors Premium Axes series.

Some examples of other interesting articles inside the same mag; Steel-Action HS (Erland Gunnarsson), Rizzini BR110 (Tobias Hassel) and Schmeisser 1911 Hugo (Henrik Kalling).

We want to take the opportunity to congratulate mr Erland Gunnarsson to his new role as Chief Editor at the magazine! His off to a good start delivering this great first issue.

To also see Jonas earlier articles published inside Vapentidningen; click HERE.

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A Bushcraft Chat with P4 Extra

It warmed our hearts when Sveriges Radio P4 Extra contacted us to learn more about Bushcraft.
You can hear the result on the below link; when Jonas and Titti Schultz have a quick chat about Bushcraft. We hope we inspired someone to head out this weekend to gain knowledge from our beloved Nature.
A big Thank you to Swedish Radio for your hospitality.


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Wetterling's Axe Night 2018

The Christmas holiday spirit is here as well as the snow. Feels great that Winter finally is here!
We want to let you know about an inspiring event coming up Wednesday next week. It's time for Wetterlings Yxnatta (Axe Night) at the forge in Storvik Sweden. Jonas Vildmark is happy to be invited as one of the contributors at this event scheduled for December 19th 18.00-22.00. I see our participation as a part of our pleasant little project The Swedish Axe that started for some years ago.

Photo: @wetterlingsaxes on Instagram

We hope you'll stop by to check out the blacksmiths at work, taste some glögg and have a Bushcraft chat with me. Last time I participated in an event at the forge in Storvik was at Yxans Dag 2015 (Axe Day 2015) and it feels great to be there next week.

I'm planning to keep a warming fire going so we can sit down and talk wilderness skills while I'm doing some field carving prior to upcoming hide preparations. Of-course you also have the opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts; how about a gift card on one of our courses or a Doer?

Take care in the snow and I'll hope to see you next week!
Kind regards

You can find more information about the event by clicking HERE.

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Budget Fixed Blade Knives Under 50 SEK & Ruike Trekker LD43 - Vapentidningen No.9 - 2018

This year's last issue of Vapentidningen is on it's way out in stores at this moment. No.9 - 2018 contains two articles from yours truly about; budget fixed blade knives with price tags under 50 Swedish Korna (about 5 Euros) and also a smaller article on the Ruike Trekker LD43 Rescue Knife. Inside the same mag we also recommend you take a look at interesting articles like; Sauer 100 Fieldshoot (Fredrik Odebring), Glock 19x (Henrik Kalling) and a big test of rifle bags (Johan Ljungné).

The budget knife review is 3 pages long and cover 11 different knives. Basically I just got all fixed blades I could find in stores under 50 SEK and put them to the test. Of-course you can make really nice bargains also on the used market, but in this test we focus on new knives found in Sweden. In this group of test knives we could find highs and lows, and it's great to see that you don't need a thick wallet to be able to carve, hunt and explore in a nice manor.

In the smaller article on the Ruike Trekker LD43 Rescue Knife you get to meet a nice and robust EDC made in China.

We want to take this opportunity to thank for yet another nice magazine year with Vapentidningen. A big warm Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all readers and also to the editorial office of Vapentidningen. We look forward to an inspiring Spring covering for-instance; Hultafor's Premium Axes, Casström Lars Fält Knife and much more.

Nice reading dear friends!

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ESEE Knives Camp-Lore - Vapentidningen No.8 - 2018

Inside the latest issue of the mag Vapentidningen (No.8 - 2018) you can read my 4-page article on the Camp-Lore series. This is four nice knives specially made for us Bushcraft Geeks. I think the guys at ESEE really made a nice job developing these knife models. I especially like the RB3 that fits my hands nicely and of-course I'm a sucker for the Scandi Grind. The quartet of; PR4, RB3, JG3 and CR2.5 are good tools for getting the job done both when building camp as well as when field dressing game.

Other interesting articles inside the same mag are for instance; Browning Maral SF Composite Nordic HC (Erland Gunnarsson), Ruger LCRx (Henrik Kalling) and Bow hunting & Arrow making (Ulf Backman).

See more I've written about ESEE Knives by clicking HERE.
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See more articles I've written for the Vapentidningen by clicking HERE.

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This Summer's Beaver & Moose Safaris with Wild Sweden - 2018

I want to send out a big and warm Thank You to all the inspiring guest I had the pleasure of meeting during the Wild Sweden safaris I managed this Summer.
This was the second season I had the honor of putting on the Wild Sweden cap and give guided tours for this high quality outdoor experience provider. Wild Sweden offer trips trough the whole year, but I mainly guide during the high season and mainly the Beaver safari and the Moose safari. The tours have blessed me with fantastic moments in the magic outdoors of Bergslagen, and to be able to share these moments together with curious and friendly guests from all over the world are truly a treat. I'm so happy to be able to contribute spreading knowledge about our Nature and the beautiful Wildlife.

Below I've punched in a well written review, found on TripAdvisor, from one of our Moose safari guests this Summer. I think the text gives a good example on how nice the tours with Wild Sweden are. Thanks for the kind words, take care and hope to see you again next Summer!

Kind regards
Jonas Landolsi

"What makes Wild Sweden's Moose Safari so special are the people. Sure, the Moose are definitely cool, and the Swedish forest is undeniably beautiful. But when you travel you want to feel immersed in another entirely separate and distinct place, and in the central to northern parts of Sweden, you need a guide. Fortunately, there are special people like those at Wild Sweden who are thoughtful, expressive, and motivated to share their special place.

There were two guides, two vans, and two families, but we all shared one experience. The lead guide was Jonas, a gentle man with great integrity and strong beliefs, a man with life experience beyond his years, an ambassador for the forest. We felt lucky that Jonas was with us. It was like being with John Muir.

The evening started when the van picked us up at our Air BnB - what service! It just so happened that our host was also the chef who prepared the evening meal. More on that later. We met the other van and drove for a bit to a fire circle at the shore of a lake. It was silent and perfectly still (except for the sprinkles of rain that came about halfway through our talk). We sat in a circle and shared a little bit about ourselves. The other family was from Holland. The evening was warm, so we didn't start a fire, but I'd imagine they'd provide a nice fire if necessary. After introductions, Jonas spoke about the forest, forest management, then wildlife and wildlife management, including moose, deer and bear. About halfway through the talk it started to sprinkle, and Jonas passed out ponchos. We continued the talk in the light rain. Jonas spoke of how quiet it was and how you could walk for days and never see anyone.

We then split into two groups and went on a hike. This was no ordinary hike. The forest was a pristine wilderness, a moss covered wonderland with no trails. We followed Jonas step by step through and over the moss and small bushes. We looked at the tree bark, spotted and tried some blueberries, and found some moose scat. Jonas picked up the scat and told us it was from yesterday. He showed us the outlines of where a moose and one or two calves slept for the night. I reveled in stepping on the soft sponginess of the moss - it was unlike anything I'd ever done, and I've hike hundreds of miles of trail in the U.S.

After the hike we gathered back at the vans. If the weather was better, we'd gather back at the fire circle for a meal. Instead, we stayed near the vans in our ponchos and ate from the back of the vans. Normally this kind of improvisation would be a setback, but in this case, we were all cheerful. The food, including some cheeses, sausages, and lamb wraps, was delicious. The adults had some local beer, and the kids had water and juice. We continued to talk all through dinner, with discussions touching on the Scandinavian and Dutch educational systems (free college!) versus the U.S. The Dutch family was very nice, and we realized that things like this Moose Safari attract folks with some common values: respect for the land and our natural resources, and a genuine interest in wildlife.

After dinner we split up into our vans again and began the safari. It was past 9pm but the sun was barely setting. The two vans each go their own way to cover as much ground as possible. Jonas drove our van over the dirt and gravel roads and scanned the forest for movement. We were all given binoculars to aid in the search. After about twenty minutes we spotted our first moose very close to the road. Jonas quietly stopped the van and peered out at the moose, who stared back at us for a minute or so before backing away.

We eventually saw 10 moose and one deer, and each time Jonas was very careful, quiet and respectful of the wildlife. He never lingered or made any sounds to startle the moose. One time we stopped the van, exited and used his high-power scope to view a moose in the distance. The scope was amazing, bringing the moose into full frame. Surprising to us, Jonas drove about until past 11pm. We were all pretty tired by about 10pm, but it was a joy every time we saw another moose.

We met up with the other van at the end of the tour to discuss our sightings and share final thoughts. We were all tired, but grateful for our time with Jonas. He passed out some photos and wrapped up the night with a short talk about the importance of protecting and preserving our wildlife and wilderness."