Way of the Raven

2017 12-28

The Wonders of River Cane

River Cane is in the grass family and is the native bamboo of North America. It grows only in the Southeast. Because of its relation with bamboo with the introduction of Asian bamboo through time it has cross bred into more varieties than I can number. Some of the cross breeds are still very useful but if you can find a patch of the native cane keep it a secret and keep it to yourself (well, you can tell me, heh, heh, heh.). It is often confused with bamboo. Native cane is without a doubt more resistant to cracking and splitting as it dries. It heat straightens easier. The long sections between joints make it great material for arrows and blow guns. I can’t speak highly enough of this versatile plant. —Benjamin Raven Pressley (more…)

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2017 12-23

Herbal Prepper Academy

How would you like to learn herbal remedies from herbalist, author, and urban homesteader, Catherine DiRuzza-Ellis better known as Cat? (more…)

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2017 12-09

Conquering The Darkness

This blog I want to discuss some ways of lighting your camp or making a torch or lamp for exploring a cave. It is a whole new experience to explore a cave with a light you have created, lights up the whole cave. I researched many methods used by primitive people and as you can imagine not many remnants of torches survived to study. So I took what I could find and then experimented on my own. It was a great experience and here is what I learned…

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2017 08-16

NEW BOOK!

Warrior Scout Series

By Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley & Fernan David Vargas

I am really excited about this joint effort with my friend Fernan. He is a martial arts instructor that has written many books himself. He knows self defense! When he approached me about this project I immediately got excited. (more…)

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2017 08-10

Rabbit Sticks

Written by Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley

I would like to introduce you to what is possibly the easiest to use, most effective hunting weapon you can make. It is easy to make and is probably the oldest hunting weapon known to humankind.  And I want to take some time to put it into a prehistoric/historic context for better understanding. It is one of my favorite weapons to produce and use. You will understand when you make and use a few. (more…)

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2017 07-29

Announcing Exciting New Classes!

IT WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! DON’T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE! I REALLY NEED SOME PEOPLE TO SHARE THIS LIKE CRAZY! WILL YOU HELP ME?

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! Plan on attending (more…)

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2017 06-27

Wilderness Steam Pit

A steam pit is a great way to cook food in a wilderness survival situation of just for fun. A steam pit can be any size depending on what you are cooking. Hawaiians have been doing it for years in luaus. Here is step by step how to make and use one for yourself! (more…)

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2017 06-25

MEDICINE IN THE WILD

 

By Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley

Some say there is a cure for everything in nature, some yet undiscovered. That is plausible. I know along the way in my wildwood treks I have a few go to plants I use. In a survival situation one must be particularly careful and take things like even tiny scratches more serious. Problems such as infections can be even more life threatening in the wild far from any hospitals or modern medicine. These are only a few of many but are my top plants that I use on a regular basis. (more…)

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2017 06-20

Come Join Us!

I teach a great basic survival skills class over at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. I am inviting you to come check it out. Just drop in a couple of times for free and if you like it you are welcome to sign up. 30 hours of teaching and fun for $146.30. Includes a survival kit and any of the stuff you make. Just call (828) 694-1700 for more information and to order. Just ask to speak to a nice lady named M.C. Gaylord. Her are a few live videos to give you a taste: (more…)

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2017 06-06

Instructional Pages by Raven

I find that in teaching and writing that it takes a combination of photographs and line drawings to really achieve quality instruction. Here are a few of my line drawn, original instruction sheets. You may use them as long as you always give credit where credit is due and refer students to all I have to offer on my website. All these drawings are available with great instruction and photographs in my book Can You Survive? Also many instructional sheets are available on request. Great for scouts and groups. Inquire for pricing.

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