Bandanas (neckerchief), cloth in general, have many uses.  Put it in your survival kit and you’ll use it all the time.  Here are just a few of the top uses for the Woodsman…

  1. Signal
  2. Scarf
  3. Dust mask
  4. Hood (page 131 Camping & Woodcraft, Horace Kephart)
  5. Emergency rope
  6. Bandage
  7. Sling
  8. Tourniquet
  9. Water filter
  10. Sponge (dew collection)
  11. Potholder
  12. Washcloth
  13. Cold compress
  14. Bag…

And as a bag, most just fold up the corners and then you have to hold or tie four ends.

Here is a neat trick to eliminate all those ends and easily secure your contents.  It comes from the Japanese art of folding cloth, Furoshiki.  Check out how to do it in the video…


About Christian Noble

Chris Noble is the founder of MasterWoodsman.com and Woodsmoke Camping Company. A Master Naturalist, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked as a Registered Forester and Certified Burn Manager in several states. Chris is also a Wilderness First Responder and since the late 90’s has been “practicing primitive” skills and taking lessons from numerous Master Woodsmen throughout North America. An advocate for Conservation, teacher of Wilderness Living Skills, and happily married, he enjoys passing what he has learned thus far to others, especially his 2 children, Emerson and Duncan.

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    Chad April 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Those Master Woodsman bandanas are totally cool. We should give some away! 🙂

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    roy jasso July 21, 2018 at 1:45 am #

    I’ve been a bushcraft enthusiast since my 20s. i came upon furoshiki by accident looking in the internet. ive used it eversince. excuse my spelling. anyway it is nice that i found your site and that you include it in your craft. i like to learn as much as i can from everybody that i come across people that i meet or things i come across in the internet, books etc.furoshiki is very handy in that it is very light as a carrier of different items and can be easily used by your side as well in your backpack. i have different colors of bandanas made into furoshiki bags to identify categories of items and it has multiple uses. thank you for your knowledge. Roy


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