WoodsMaster 08 - Fundamentals of Tracking (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 07 - Jungle Living Skills (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 03 - Survival Kits (XviD.avi
WoodsMaster 05 - Traps and Trapping (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 15 - Sticks, Stoves and Stitches (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 04 - Travel and Navigation (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 16 - Buffalo Butchers Meat and Material from Large Game (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 02 - Shelter and Priorities (XviD).avi
WoodsMaster 01 - Spark Based Fire Starting (XviD).avi
What's a Woodsmaster?
"When I was a kid growing up and playing in the woods I met an old guy who went by the name "McCaleb". Mac as I came to call him, talked about the old time woodsmen and many of the tricks they had to deal with wilderness living. He called these folks "Woodsmasters" because they had special skills that made them masters of the woods, each and every one of them had the essential skills to make it on the land. That is the purpose behind this video series... to teach the skills needed to live in the wilds.... like a woodsmaster." ~Ron Hood
This series presents the special skills that can make your time in the wilderness more enjoyable, safer and make you far more confident. The videos are hosted by Ron Hood who will show you many interesting and important wilderness living and survival skills. The presentation of these skills is enhanced with clear explanation, great photography and many of the special "little tricks" that few but the most experienced Woodsmaster will ever know.
* Woodsmaster 1: Spark Based Fire Starting
In the first volume of the Woodsmaster Video Series, you will discover the secrets of Spark Based Firemaking! You will learn how to create that first spark using tools like the Firebow, Flint and Steel, the Metal Match, and even a flashlight!
The firebow section alone includes over 30 minutes of detail covering the collection of materials, preparation, construction and use of the firebow! You will learn carving secrets, tool selection, basic cordage theory and safety. And tucked away here and there are some of the special Woodsmaster wilderness tricks that really pay off. There has never been a clearer, more effective, instruction on the use of the firebow. If you ever wanted to learn fire by friction, this is the video you need!
(about 70 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 2: Shelter and Priorities
Volume 2 covers survival priorities, shelter techniques (location, construction), the Firebed, Heat loss mechanisms, insulating techniques, natural phenomena related to shelter and a bunch of special Woodsmaster? wilderness tricks. It includes "Fist time" estimation and height and distance estimation, including "The Rule of Thumb" and "Flip over Stick". Also included are special tricks for utilizing trash found in the wilderness.
This video could save your life!
This video is filled with over an hour and 20 minutes of critical BASIC survival information!
(about 80 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 3: Survival Kits
See how to make and carry a Survival kit. Learn to make and use the tiny Mini Kit, so small it almost disappears in your pocket! See the Maxi Kit, It's the size of a 1lb coffee can!. Learn Wire Snares. A coffee can "bee and a bird trap", animal hooks, the Delbow Pocket bow, the twitch up snare, tube tent tricks, a snare wire compass. Discover INNOVATION, and a bunch of special Woodsmaster tricks and techniques.
(about 80 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 4: Travel and Navigation
You'll learn to make the "Ottomani" pocket Sun compass. Night navigation, shadow stick tricks. The bu cat walking stick technique, the Plainsman stride and lock step, more techniques for telling direction, distance and height, trail travel energy saving techniques. Learn how to tell directions with your watch... regular and digital.
Discover why proper hydration can save your life and increase your range. Find out about foot care and a ton more. Includes the beginnings of Stone tool and pitch glue making!
(about 84 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 5: Traps and Trapping
After shelter and water, food is the key to survival living. This DVD covers the basic "engines" of machine type traps, techniques for setting and using snares, trigger designs, where to set your traps and much more. If you can’t feed yourself after watching this video... you need a supermarket! Feed yourself for a lifetime!
This new edit of the original footage includes special Slow Motion Scenes so you can actually SEE the operation of various traps.
(about 88 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 6: Primitive Weapons
Learn about the Viet Cong cross bow, a simple and elegant solution to getting game and defending yourself. Learn how to make a functional, effective bow and arrows. See how to make and use an Atlatl. Learn the skills and techniques for using the sling, the throwing stick and a bunch more! See the Apache Star, the Chakra, the Fustibal, the throwing stick and other tricks related to primitive weapons!
(about 107 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 7: Jungle Living Skills
In this award winning video, Hoods Woods went to the Amazon rain forest to learn jungle survival! Learn to make a blowgun, a bowl from mud, see how jungle beer is made, learn to make a jungle trap, capture and eat alligators and more. See how to call birds to your dinner pot. You will see how an isolated tribe of natives, the head shrinking Chapra/Candoshi Indians, live in the heart of the jungle. Most of the skills in this video are usable in any environment. This Video contains graphic scenes.
(about 96 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 8: Tracking
One of the essential skills is the ability to track. In this volume we examine the fundamental skills related to the art of tracking. We show you the "Four principles of sign", how to read "Action indicators", and ways to learn the age of a track. You'll see how to use a "Tracking pit" and exercises you can do to sharpen your tracking skills. You'll see the secrets of track lighting as well as Woodsmaster tracking tips and techniques.
(about 98 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 9: Primitive Knifemaking
Ron Hood takes you to Arizona to meet two of the leading knife makers in the Neo-Tribal Metalsmiths. Tai Goo and Tim Lively reveal the secrets of materials selection, forge building, tools, techniques and tempering so you can make your own terrific tools or blades at home or in the field. You will learn that you don’t need electricity, power tools or boat loads of money to make beautiful, functional and durable knives or other metal pieces. You will see that you can build a forge in your own back yard and you don’t need Thor’s arms to hammer hot steel. This video is so good we’ve had several students start their own business after watching this video! It’s all in the technique… Learn it here!
(about 95 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 10: Survival Camping
Ron and Karen Hood take you and 12 folks into Idaho's River-of-no-Return Wilderness for 8 days.
What you will see is a graphic record of their experience. This video is a cross between "Jeremiah Johnson" and "Blazing Saddles". It is both enormously funny and incredibly instructional. You will see how to tell time by the North Star, build a wilderness sauna and make a primitive forge. See how to make and use Bannock, wilderness drills, body-bag hammocks, how to make use of rotting carcasses and how to fashion a fishing pole. You will learn how to prepare rawhide and tendons and trap game.
There is so much in this video that it is impossible to explain it all. You will also learn how to prepare your pack for that time you want to test Your skills! Caution: There are a few sections in this video that can be unsettling to sensitive viewers. You have seen worse on regular TV however. Do not drink liquids during the donut making sequence!
(about 118 minutes)
* Woodmaster 11: Solo Survival Skills
Follow Ron hood as he travels deep into the mountains of Idaho for a two-week test of his survival skills. During his adventure he is poisoned by bad food, attacked by a moose and finds that a forest fire has destroyed most of the small game and fish. To top it off the summer weather quickly became a two week winter storm. With less than a pound of food for the two weeks and only a blanket and a tarp for shelter in the subfreezing temperatures you will learn how even a planned survival test can quickly become the 'Real thing'.
You will learn about energy conservation, clothing insulation values, wilderness travel and priorities. You will see how to make a bone fish hook, Prepare 'cowboy coffee', hunt with a club, relieve tension and much much more.
This trip was the "real thing" and it's a good thing that Hood follows his own advice to 'Never Solo alone'. He gives instructions on how to prepare for such an experience and a great review of the 18 pound pack that served his needs during the 14 days of survival living.
Not only is this video filled with important survival skills it is a humorous and entertaining production. We think you will enjoy this video as you learn new skills and advanced techniques.
(about 118 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 12: Vehicle Survival Skills
Did you know that roughly 80% of survival situations begin when a vehicle becomes stuck or disabled? Get back "on-the-road" and the situation ends!
In this video we teach you many of the "tricks" for getting "unstuck, repaired" and rolling again. The best way to survive a situation is to avoid the situation.
This video is essential for all who use their vehicles in the out-back of America. Even if you are just driving to a campsite these skills could save your life!
What will you learn?
*Vehicle extraction and repair gear recommendations for your Vehicle "survival kit".
*Winches, High lift jacks, winching technique and safety.
*Mirror, fire and improvised signaling techniques.
*Tire repair in the field.
*Getting Unstuck in sand or dirt.
*Improvised winches and "Dead man" anchors.
*Improvised repairs for tires, radiators and more.
*Cool Woodsmaster tips and techniques.
(about 104 minutes)
* Woodsmaster 13: Desert Survival
In this volume of the Woodsmaster they traveled to deserts ranging from the California Mojave Desert to the Bruneau Desert of Idaho to the beautiful desert mesas of Utah’s Moab. During the course of their travels they were able to capture the essential skills of on-the-ground desert survival. During this great video you will learn the essentials of water location, desert travel, desert shelter, Physiological effects, clothing and protection.
You will see first hand the process of constructing a "solar still" and a "transpiration still" and be able to decide for yourself if these techniques are worth the effort. You will also learn about some of those "movie skills" seen on popular programs... Is it cool to take off your shirt in the desert? Find out...
(about 100 minutes)
* Woodmaster 14: Crafts for the Field
This video investigates the thermoplastic called Kydex and how to mold and use it. It shows you how to cover a Kydex sheath (one you already own or one you make following the video instructions) with leather to give the sheath that Woodsmaster look without losing the safety of Kydex.
The video shows you how to make a small concealed carry holster from kydex, how to make leather buttons, a ditty bag, and a special Woodsmaster fingerless glove. Along the way you will learn a bunch of special Woodsmaster tricks and techniques. The skills in this video ygive you the skills you need to make your own gear for the field. It’s a stunner and fun to watch as well!
(about 105 minutes)
* Woodmaster 15: Sticks, Stoves and Stitches
Join Ron Hood and a couple of his friends in another informative volume of the Woodsmaster Video series. In this video you will learn how to make Buffalo Hide Moccasins close-up from beginning-to-end from Trapping and Hide expert, George Michaud. Learn how to make a pattern from a foot (yours or other), learn the proper stitching techniques so you will not "walk off" the stitching once you begin to wear the mocs. Learn what materials to use and what a "glover’s needle" is good for. Learn an improvised thimble and how to prepare the sole for your sandals as well as other intricacies that will help you to make extremely comfortable footwear from thick rawhide. The techniques you learn from George can apply to any leather-working from mocs to anything you want to make with rawhide.
Get your cans ready and in-hand!!! Join "Fire God" Alan Halcon as he teaches you step-by-step how to make the Halcon Mini Alcohol Stove. This stove is made out of 2 aluminum cans and is so small it will fit into your back pocket (not recommended!) It is so effective it will boil water in a flash. It is so easy to make that if you accidentally sit on it (if you put in your back pocket!!) you can make another one in just a few minutes with cans you find on the trail. If you can’t make the Halcon stove after watching this video, then you you wouldn’t be able to make it if Alan taught you in person. Also Join Alan for his demonstration on how to make a long-lasting coal with the easy-and-fast-to-make Fire Drill. You won’t believe how easy it is until you see they way he does it! Of course this video is also filled with so many close-up tips and techniques for each of these skills that we just don’t have room to list them here.
(about 80 minutes)
* Woodmaster 16: Buffalo Butchers Meat and Material from Large Game
Ron Hood takes you to Salmon, Idaho to visit professionals Joe and Denyce Bigley (Aboman and Abowoman) of Salmon Outdoor School. With the help of Lakota-Sioux and professional butcher Dallas Dupree, they harvest a Buffalo and show you the steps Native American's have taken to harvest, process and use almost every part of the animal.
Learn how to skin the animal starting at the back, how to butcher it using both stone and steel tools, how to preserve the brain for brain-tanning at a later date, how to remove and prepare tendons for sinew, how to prepare the stomachs for use as a cooking vessel. Additionally learn how to make an expedient stone tool for skinning and butchering... and much, much more.
This video shows graphic scenes. You would see much more graphic scenes on many nature programs on TV.
This title is the companion to our Cave Cooking Vol. 5 - Buffalo Butchers: Primitive Cooking with Karen Hood
(about 85 minutes)
* The Woodsmaster: Urban Master - The Home
Join Ron and Karen Hood and become an ... Urban Master! In this first video you will learn how to prepare your home and family for disaster. Be ready for earthquake, fire, terrorism, loss of job or other catastrophes. The information in this video could save your life and the lives of your loved ones and family! Learn easy and inexpensive ways to stock up your pantry. See how some dry ice can help you store grains for up to 20 years. Learn how almost all houses already have many gallons of water stored and how to access that water supply. Do you and your family have a "Family Plan" set up? Learn how to set one up and how it can save your life! Find out about the "Big Mistake". See dozens of money saving and potentially life saving tips. Ron and Karen have filled this video with many practical tips and techniques that will get your home in line for disaster. Everyone who owns a home or rents needs this information!!
(about 70 minutes)
* The Woodsmaster: Urban Master - Away From Home
In this second volume of the Urban Master series you'll learn so many tricks, tips and techniques for Urban Survival that you'll wonder why you're still alive!
This video is designed to meet the needs of travelers, both business and vacation as well as deal with topics related to survival in emergencies when you are away from home. Filmed in the US and Romania it is chock full of essential information. There are too many topics to list here but here's a sample:
You'll learn about: hotel safety, anti theft tricks, fire safety and gear and hazard identification. We'll discuss privacy issues including spy cams, spy cam detectors and field expedient camera detection. Learn about flu and pandemic precautions, how to hide your personal survival gear, the ScottEVest hidden carrier systems. You'll learn how to blend into any population. See safety tips for women and kids, MRE tips and tricks with the MRE heater. Learn about Bug Out Bags, their contents and the philosophy behind them as well as some firearms for personal defense.
You cannot afford to be without this video, not if you want to survive...
(about 110 minutes)
* Cave Cooking: 1 - In the Field
Cave Cooking is our way of showing you wilderness food preparations. In this landmark video Karen shows you how to clean and cook* fish, squirrel, marmot, maggot and some select wild edible plants. She teaches you how to make wilderness bread, the amazing stone oven, the hobo stove and hobo oven. You’ll see the dough rising tent and how to get yeast from your environment. This is the perfect complement to the Woodsmaster Volume 5 where we catch the food that Karen is cooking in this video!
(about 60 minutes)
* Cave Cooking: 2 - Dutch and Solar Ovens
In this second volume of the Cave Cooking series, Karen Hood teaches you important cooking methods for home and camp. You'll learn about the "Dutch" oven, the types, the uses, how to how to season it for use and how to care for it . You'll also learn some great recipes! You'll drool over the Pot Roast steaming with browned potatoes and thick gravy, you'll groan when you see how easy it is to cook a great breakfast with a Dutch, your arteries will thicken when you see her make DONUTS and then you'll moan when she serves up her famous rat stew... uhhh errr? Well, why not?
Ever heard about SOLAR cooking? You'll see the three basic types of solar cookers and how to make and use them. Solar Cookers are great non polluting cookers that are efficient and entertaining to use. Not only that but they are a real eye-opener. These things are used to cook the daily meals all around the globe.
You might not think this sounds like survival cooking but... think again. If you have no power... how do you bake, roast or cook with the greatest versatility? Or-If your name is on the line as the Chief-Cook-and-Bottle-Washer in your home... This is the sort of information that will make you a legend. How? Ever hear folks say "My mom used to cook with a Dutch oven"... Well, they say that because "Dutch" cooking is becoming lost in the land of microwaves and processed foods. Find that skill and bring "Dutch" into your home.... from then on you will always want to go Dutch!
(about 72 minutes)
* Cave Cooking: 3 - Food, Frocks and Fat
In this volume of Cave Cooking, Karen Hood flies you into Idaho's outback to show you some of the coolest chow, cooking tricks and gear you've seen yet.
Before she takes off for the outback, you settle down to learn how to cut and assemble a buckskin rifleman's frock, you make tallow from waste fat, real pemmican with dried beef, tallow candles and other cool things. Back in Idaho's "River of no return wilderness" Karen will teach you how to put your wilderness cooking skills together. You'll learn how to combine pemmican, bannock (Instructions included) and wild thistle to make a delicious and nutritious meal. You'll also learn how to make wilderness pizza, stick bread and some special tricks about creating cooking gear from trash and more! For the Fungi aware, Karen also shows you how to prepare Morels for a delicious wilderness treat (don't use this video to identify these mushrooms... You need competent field instructions to properly identify ANY mushrooms!)
If you are a backpacker or wilderness wanderer the information and tricks in this video will make your trek lighter and more enjoyable than ever. We know you'll get a kick out of this interesting, entertaining and informative video!
(about 70 minutes)
* Cave Cooking: 4 - Messin' with Meat
Join Karen Hood in another volume of Cave Cooking as she shows you how to mess with your meat!! She'll show you the basics of smoking, curing, sausage-making, meat preservation and much more! Learn to make home-made Italian sausage, how to make oven jerky from flank steak and how to make jerky from ground meat that doesn't need refrigeration after you prepare it! Follow Karen as she shows the complete process of making home made Corned Beef and Pastrami!
Ever heard of "Plank Cooking" - Karen shows and explains this whole process in easy to follow steps. Learn all about wood chips and how to use your propane BBQ as a smoker. Ever made your own Smoked Salmon? Well after watching this video you'll be able to make it any time you want and same money doing it!! It's so easy! Learn all these things and more in this jam-packed video! After watching this video you'll be itching to get into that meat drawer to try out these recipes for yourself and your family! Get your bib ready as you'll be drooling and wishing you had smellavision while watching this video! Rated: 2 Yums up!
(about 70 minutes)
* Cave Cooking: 5 - Primitive Cooking
Karen Hood takes you to Salmon, Idaho to meet with professional Abo cooker Denyce Bigley of Salmon Outdoor School. Follow Denyce through the steps the American Indians would have taken to prepare and use an entire buffalo for food. Learn all the steps to make a Native American meat perservation rack and how to smoke meat using it. Learn how to use the Buffalo's stomache as a cooking vessel the ancient way. Learn how to cook Buffalo Stew using hot rocks, how to cook fish using bark and clay, how to utilize the intestines for traditional Buffalo Sausage. Learn about some wild edibles the Native Americans would have used in cooking. See how to use those wild edibles to make a delicious and nutritious hot tea. All this and much more in this stunner of a video! This title is a companion to our Woodsmaster Vol 16 - Buffalo Butcher: Meat and Materials from Large Game with Ron Hood.
(about 75 minutes)