The old saying that practice makes perfect is a great teaching methodology. However, any good sporting coaching will quickly correct that by stating that practice doesn't make perfect - rather perfect practice makes perfect.
Whether involved in the pursuit of bushcraft skills or the skills necessary for survival in the harsh Canadian wilderness the principles are the same. Skills are the ability to take your knowledge and abilities and apply them to a task successfully. Therefor knowledge is so very important in the equation.
In my journey through bushcraft I gain knowledge and wisdom from so many different places. Most importantly I gain it through my practice with different materials, in different conditions and with different tools. With each new day I look to challenge myself. I look to learn from my failures.
It is from the failures that we will gain knowledge and experience so very crucial to our very survival.
Whether experiencing different shelter designs, using different bow drill materials, attempting to use primitive trapping methods or simply by using different tools, stepping outside of that comfort zone will undoubtedly open your eyes to the world around you.
This winter has been a wonderfully long one which has provided hundreds of hours of dirt time to teach, to learn, to practice and most importantly it has provided me with a deeper connection to the materials which surround me.
As winter turns quickly to spring take the time to explore and to practice your skills. That practice will give you knowledge you don't currently have.
It's the journey not the destination that matters.