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.
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.
Volume 1 - Spark Based Fire Starting DVD Available
The Firebow! Now you can learn how to make fire by friction! Learn how to use Flint and Steel, the Metal Match, and a Flashlight Fire! This tape covers materials selection and amazing special tips. This is essential information for any woods person. (70 minutes)
Volume 2 - Survival Shelter Selection DVD Available
Learn the survival priorities and how to meet them! What is the rule of threes? You learn the heat loss mechanisms, site selection, pine log shelters, the Firebed, and more incredible Woodsmaster Tips, Lore and Techniques. This tape is a stunner! (80 minutes)
Volume 3 - Making and Using your Outdoor Survival Kit DVD Available
What goes into a Survival kit, How to carry it. Discover how to make and use the amazing Mini Kit, it's so small it almost disappears in your pocket! The Maxi Kit, It's still small but it gives you so much to work with. Learn Wire Snares, Fishing tricks. A bee and a bird trap with a coffee can, animal hooks, the Delbow Pocket bow and arrow, the twitch up snare, tube tent tricks, a snare wire compass. Discover INNOVATION, and a bunch of special Woodsmaster tricks and techniques. This information can save your life! (a whopping 95 minutes)
Volume 4 - Primitive Navigation and Wilderness Travel Techniques DVD Available
You'll learn the Ottomani pocket Sun compass. Night navigation, Shadow stick tricks, "Self Tracking", The Vietnamese Montegnards "bu cat" walking stick technique, the Plainsman stride and lock step, more techniques for telling direction, distance and height, trail travel energy saving techniques, hydration information and a ton more... Including the beginnings of the Lithic arts (Stone tool making)! (84 minutes of navigation wisdom)
Volume 5 - Traps and Trapping DVD Available
(Telly Award Winner )
We thought long and hard before preparing this volume of the Woodsmaster. The more we thought about traps and trapping, the more we realized that this sensitive subject is one of the most important wilderness skills! After shelter and water, food is the key to survival living in the wilderness. This video covers the basic "engines" of machine type traps, techniques for setting and using snares, and much more. If you can't feed yourself after watching this video... you need a supermarket! Feed yourself for a lifetime! (88 minutes)
Volume 6 - Primitive Weapons Technology
Learn about the Viet Cong cross bow a simple and elegant solution to getting game and defending yourself. Learn how to "tiller" a functional bow and make arrows. See how to make and use an atlatl. Learn the skills and techniques of the sling, the throwing stick and a bunch more! Learn some basic hide tanning techniques and more information on the Lithic arts... Pressure flaking. (107 minutes)
Volume 7 - Jungle Living Skills
(Telly Award Winner)
Hoods Woods went to the Amazon rain forest to practice the art of jungle survival! Learn to make an authentic jungle blowgun, make a bowl from mud to mug, learn how jungle beer is made, learn to prepare a monkey, construct a jungle trap, capture and eat alligators and more. Learn how to call jungle birds to your dinner pot, how to prepare your gear for hot-wet conditions and you will see how an isolated tribe of natives, the Chapra-Candoshi live in the heart of the jungle. This is a ground breaking video. Discovery with an attitude! This tape may be rated BBR (Barf Bag potential :>) (96 minutes)
Volume 8 - The Fundamentals of Tracking
One of the most important -- and most difficult -- skills of the Woodsmaster is the ability to track. In this volume of the Woodsmaster 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 make and use a “Tracking pit” and exercises you can do to sharpen your tracking skills. Since light is critical to effective tracking you’ll see the secrets of good lighting as well as dozens of Woodsmaster tracking tips and techniques.
In this volume we use the human footprint as the best way to learn tracking. If you practice however, you will be able to track anything that leaves “Sign.” (98 minutes)
Volume 9 - Primitive Knife Making
(Telly Award Winner)
In this video you learn 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. Why buy expensive knives when you can make your own...from JUNK?
Once you’ve seen these techniques you will have the knowledge to make metal tools in the field. Find a horseshoe, build a primitive forge and a fire. Then, with a rock or a hard stick, you can heat and pound that piece of rusted junk into a usable and effective tool or weapon.
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 Arnie’s arms to hammer hot steel. It’s all in the technique… (1 hour 45 minutes!)
Volume 10 - Survival Camping
Just click on over to the pictures from this video. When you get there you'll see why we can't really explain this video without photos.... It's fun, instructional, adventurous and it's amazing! (1 hour 58 minutes!)
Volume 11 - SOLO: The Quest for Survival DVD Available
(Telly Award Winner)
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” (1 hour 58 minutes!)
Volume 12 - Arid Land - Vehicle Survival(DVD available)
(Telly Award Winner)
In this video you will learn the tricks and techniques needed to get your vehicle out of trouble and back on the road. A broken down or stuck vehicle is the cause of the vast majority of survival incidents reported each year. With these skills you can avoid becoming a statistic. (1 Hour 44 minutes)
Volume 13 - Desert Survival; On Foot (DVD available)
(Telly Award Winner)
This is the one we have been asked for more than any other topic. This video covers the tricks and techniques for survival on the ground, in the desert. Topics covered include travel, shelter, water, physiology and much more... Heck just click on the title and see some pictures and learn more about this great video! (1 hour 40 min)
Cave Cooking Vol 1 - In the Field
Cave Cooing is our way of showing you wilderness food preparations. In this landmark DVD 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 DVD! (60 min.)35 Chapters
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! (73 minutes!)
UrbanMaster Vol 1 - The Home
Help you and your family prepare for Earthquake and other disasters..... Join Ron and Karen Hood and become an ... Urban Master! In this first DVD 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 DVD 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 DVD 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!! Get this life saving DVD for you and for everyone you care for! This DVD is the required primer for the advanced survival skills still to come in the Urban Master DVD series.
Almost 70 minutes of information!!! 24 Chapters
Survival Basics 1&2 Combo DVD
OVER 2 HOURS of basic survival information in this compilation!
Skills found in this set are scenes taken from the full Woodsmaster and Cave Cooking Videos. This is an "overview" or "sampler" video. If you already have any of the Woodsmaster volumes 1 - 5 or Cave Cooking Vol 1 you should continue to purchase the full volumes. If you want to know what you'll see in the videos, this is a good place to start. This is also an excellent video for introducing skills to scouts, families or class room study
Covers parts of Shelter and Priorities(vol 2), Firemaking(Vol 1), Survival kits(vol 3), Navigation(vol 4) and Traps and Trapping(vol 5) also parts of Cave Cooking vol 1 "In the Field." This video is great introduction to our series