The Art of creating a YouTube video

Hello from our family at 4 Directions Bushcraft. We have been making YouTube videos for our channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUsld9DrfRRNVgZODfEKmgg

a little over a year now, until now not much has changed. It is our experience that you don’t need a very fancy camera or tripod and lighting system to make a good informative video. In our case I have always used my Iphone 6s plus to shoot video and take pictures of our products. It has always worked for us and simple is better for us as well because I am not very technology savvy.

You can keep the viewers attention in different ways such as using multiple cameras and camera angles. Now let me tell you this can be challenging, especially in the editing phase due to the amount of footage but it is worth it.

Here is an example of my very first YouTube video “Alice pack review” seen below. Notice first I look very nervous and I’m not using any technique to keep viewers attention.

Now take a look at this example below “Building my trappers cabin”, first you see the initial thumbnail is a costumized photo of what the video is about then while watching you notice I show multiple camera angles and limit my narration which helps in capturing viewers attention.

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-Chris

4 Directions Bushcraft

Sassafras Root and its medicinal attributes

Nearly every time I’m in the woods I find myself enjoying a cup of Sassafras tea. I love the taste and typically enjoy it unsweetened. I also like chewing on a piece of freshly harvested root during a bushcraft project or hike. IMG_1313

All parts of the Sassafras plant are useful for medicinal, culinary and aromatic purposes but the roots are found to be the most powerful. Medicinally Sassafras has been used for high fevers, urinary disorders, GI problems, pain relief, as an antiseptic and blood thinner. The root can also be chewed like bubble gum and tastes much like root beer.

Directions for tea – Break root up into smaller pieces. Steep root in hot water for 12-15 minutes or until water is amber/orange color. Do not boil, boiling will cause it to loose medicinal properties. Add sugar or drink plan, drink cold or hot tea.

Caution – Sassafras contains Safrole oil. As with all wild edibles please research and consume at your risk.

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-Chris

4 Directions Bushcraft

Chasing Osage Orange growth rings

It has been my experience when working with Osage Orange or Hedge, as it is commonly referred to, that it naturally grows in rings called early growth (spongy layer) and late growth (hard orange layer). This late growth layer is the desired layer wanted when carving and shaping handles and bows. This precision is absolutely necessary when making a bow out of Hedge but not completely necessary when making handles. If the wood working is correct and a single growth ring is obtained the wood is then at it’s strongest most durable state.

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This is the reason that Hedge is a very valuable resource and hard to work with. It has been considered a prized possession throughout North American history.

-Chris

4 Directions Bushcraft

Hand Crafted Osage Orange handles for ferro rods and strikers

Not only are these fantastic HSS Strikers suburb for striking ferrocerium rods but can easily be used for processing tinder, creating Maya dust from fatwood and many other outdoor tasks. Multi use, light weight, strong, reliable and effective with these necessary attributes the HSS Striker remains one of my favorite tools while in the outdoors. I have one that stays in a small pouch on the side of my pack and goes with me everywhere. I have continued to rely on these for years and the main reason is for there simplicity of use. It takes no effort to utilize this effective tool.

Years ago I had always leaned toward the back of my modified Mora knife that I had ground down with a file to form a sharp ninety degree edge that would be efficient in striking my ferro rod. This became a quick thing of the past when I discovered the HSS Striker and how effective the were. I could now easily start a fire in nearly any weather condition without risking damage to my knife or excessive wear on my ferro rod.

 

 

Not only are these beautifully made with Osage Orange wood but they are extremely durable. Osage Orange is a very hard wood with minimal shrinkage. But as all wood shrinks when it dries so does this useful resource but we take careful measures to seal the ends of our products so they will not crack. We harvest all of our resources with care including Osage Orange. This resource is very carefully picked as it can not be made into useful handles when freshly cut and green. Instead it must be either dried for six to eight months or cut while dead standing. If harvested at the perfect time the wood is able to be used as is but on the other hand if harvested to late the wood is near decay and will have significant cracking rendering it useless for crafting.

-Chris

4 Directions Bushcraft