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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HORACE KEPHART DAYS & GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RENDEZVOUS; May 26-28, 2017

​ FEATURING:  ACORN PATROL CLASSIC CAMPING DEMONSTRATION TEAM Where: Lakemont, GA Schedule of Events: Friday May 26, 2017  6pm – Let’s Talk Kephart Around the Campfire (bring chair/blanket, etc) Music with Bill Mize Saturday May 27, 2017  9am Gate opens Speakers & Demonstrations throughout the day TBA 7:30pm Georgia premiere of documentary An American Legend: Horace Kephart […]

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Readymade Woods Whistles

While enjoying some much needed alone time this past weekend in the Chattahoochee National Forest, I was cutting through a stretch of woods with tulip tree, white pine, hickory, and oak. As I usually do, I picked up a large acorn cap for a whistle. Even though it’s been decades since my mother taught me […]

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Bushcraft Legend: Meet The Practical & Profound Wildwood Professor, MORS KOCHANSKI

The internationally-followed, godfather of modern bushcraft — Master Woodsman Mors Kochanski! by Christian Noble & Joe Flowers In the modern era, there are only a handful of men who have significantly contributed to the pursuit and furthering of research, education, and scholarship of wilderness living skills and modern survival. Within that circle there exists a […]

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Rabbitstick, you don’t know what you’re missing…

If you know me personally, or have been reading my stuff here and elsewhere, you know I push the Rabbitstick event that takes place in southeast Idaho every September (see my complete post on it here from 2013). So why am I such a big fan? Because it’s a great place to learn and the fellowship […]

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Rabbitstick 29 – Plan Now!

Registration is open!  CLICK HERE!   Need more information about the Rabbitstick staff and instructors? Sign up for monthly email notifications that will inform you of classes being given by these great instructors during all times of the year and in different parts of the country. This is how it works, click the “Sign Me Up” […]

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Celebration of Life for Steve Watts 7/24

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR STEVE WATTS July 24th 2-4PM Steve Watts July 25, 1947 – March 21, 2016 JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR Steven Miles Watts COME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY, SHARE MEMORIES, AND FIND PEACEFUL RESOLVE WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUNDAY, JULY 24th  FROM  2 – 4PM Schiele Museum’s Aboriginal […]

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“Mors tells the best stories…” (pic heavy)

My son Duncan and I took a holiday to Canada this summer. The last half of our trip was full of adventure in Jasper, Banff, and Yoho National Parks. We visited Jasper Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Lake Louise, took a dip in Banff Upper Hot Springs, drove the Icefields Parkway, and were […]

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SOAP Note app (Wilderness Medicine)

If you’ve had training in Wilderness Medicine, you likely learned how to do a SOAP Note for assessing a patient’s condition; this note being critical information for you as well as the higher standard of care of a physician once the patient reaches civilization. For those that have not had medical training yet, SOAP is an acronym for […]

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Battle of Stoves Follow-up on Firebox Nano

This is a follow-up to Chuck’s great article, Battle of the Stoves, of which he really likes the Folding Firebox Nano Ultralight. I have to say I like it as well, but especially after doing my own little comparison to the Vargo Hexagon Wood Burning Stove and a discovery with the U.S. Canteen Cup. I […]

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Steven Miles Watts

1947 – 2016 The thoughtful man that Steve was, he called me right after he saw the photo below just to tell say how much he loved the trip we took together and especially that photo. The trip was an incredible visit to the Camp Fire Club of America, Dan Beard’s resting place, Bear Mountain […]

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Homage to the Split Paper Match

Early on in a 7-day class taught by Cody Lundin, myself and two other fellas learned for the first time how to split a paper match. My initial thought was this is a “just in case” solution should a resource become limited, i.e., two fires from one match. Little did we know there was much more to […]

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Mors article at Outdoor Readiness

Nice article about Mors Kochanski at the blog Outdoor Readiness… Venerable bushcraft instructor Mors Kochanski is one of the most experienced outdoor skills instructors in North America. His specialty is northern forests, the boreal, all seasons. Kochanski bridged primitive and historical methods and skills (actual skills, not just descriptions of skills) into the 21st Century […]

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Real and Sham Survival/Bushcraft

I suppose it is the real demand for bushcraft and survival information that leads to its counterfeit, otherwise the counterfeit would stand a poor show. The growing demand for survival/bushcraft within the past few years has called forth a very large crop of TV Shows, YouTubers, Bloggers, & Books; good, bad, and indifferent — shows […]

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Mentors

Mentor 1. noun – an experienced and trusted adviser.      synonym – adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant 2. verb – advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague). It was recently brought to my attention that portions of the Master Woodsman training/challenge, originally in David Wescott’s book, Camping in the Old Style, and subsequently this website, would at […]

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An open letter to President Obama from Cody Lundin

I normally don’t share the latest social media on Master Woodsman; we are kind of like the NPR of outdoor skills… generally boring and no commercialism. However, I simply can’t resist this open letter to President Obama from Cody Lundin; a message that I have repeatedly been promoting here as it relates to the importance of […]

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Rules of Survival

This article contains my current thoughts and perspective on survival rules and more. As this is a life or death topic, I take it very seriously. That being said, what follows may or may not be the right approach for you, i.e., I am not trying to be evangelical in what I have written, I am […]

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Why a ‘Mora Knife’?

When it comes to the design of a bushcraft knife, the classic Scandinavian style knife in my experience sets the standard and I will share my reasons as to why in this article. But before we get started, let’s be clear on what is meant by a Mora Knife — a term that has become […]

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Vote Cumberland Island!

I am a member of the Georgia Conservancy. Through Woodsmoke Camping Company (WCC), of which I co-own with Chuck Winchester, we support paddle trips and do volunteer work. As a Master Woodsman reader, I am asking you to support a great cause of which we are yet volunteering again. And all you have to do is […]

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Rabbitstick 29; Sept 13 – 19

Rabbitstick is the Granddaddy of them all when it comes to primitive skills gatherings, so make your plans now to attend. I hope to be there for a few days myself after a visit to the far north, so let me know if you are coming. Not familiar with the event? Let me fill you in […]

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Tim Smith interview at Bull Moose Patrol

Our good friend Scott Oeth just published a great article over at Bull Moose Patrol on our other good friend, Tim Smith of Jack Mountain Bushcraft School. Strongly suggest you check it out…   A few years ago, I attended the “Riverman Course” on expedition canoeing and guiding at Tim Smith’s Jack Mountain Bushcraft school […]

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Do Preppers Really Need to Know Wilderness Survival Skills?

Several weeks ago I taught another tree and plant identification class. As is usually the case, the majority of students were very interested in edible wild plants, most considering it a priority. After discussing ALL the different aspects one could learn about trees, and more importantly, why, edibility dropped lower on everyone’s list, especially for […]

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Where Have All the Axes Gone?

Thank you Tony Nester for sharing this (surprising) article from The Atlantic… Where Have All the Axes Gone? The treasured woodchopper’s talisman is a guide to an almost-lost way of life, an Object Lesson. Last year was, by some accounts, the year of the lumbersexual—big beard, big plaid, big boots. Although not measured by time […]

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MORS KOCHANSKI in AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN

The Summer 2015 issue of Harris Publications’ American Frontiersman magazine went on sale June 17th at newsstands across the United States and Canada. In this latest issue, Chris Noble and Joe Flowers learned from the one and only, Mors Kochanski. You will have to get the magazine to read what they discovered about this savant of […]

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Camp-Fire Club of America Hallowed Ground

Steve Watts and I were the fortunate guests of Shawn Orbanic and Camp-Fire Club of America (CFC) for their June Outing these last four days. On this hallowed ground where the likes of Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, Warren Miller, Gifford Pinchot and many other Master Woodsmen of yesterday walked, we enjoyed the best […]

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Become a Master Naturalist

I recently discovered many states and Canadian provinces offer naturalist training and volunteer opportunities. Normally run by a university’s School of Forestry and State Cooperative Extension Service, these entities provide training that can be as short as 24 hours to 90 hours or more to become a Master Naturalist. While these initial classes are a great start; you […]

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