Don’t let the name of the website fool you. I actually do get out a fair bit
My name is Brian Andrews and I am a 33 year old husband and father of two. One of my main missions in life is to teach my kids to love nature and the earth. I believe that one day their generation may be called upon to save the earth. That is why I feel it is important to teach them to love it, before we ask them to save it. I try to do this by hauling them as far away from civilization every chance I get.
Dragging a young family away from civilization should not be done without preparation. I realize that there are a lot of potential disasters waiting and we could be a long way away from any type of help. That is the first reason why I think it is so important that I have learned and understand many of the skills this website is meant to address. I also hope that creating a collection of information here will help push me to add new content, and learn more skills too. The responsibility of being prepared is up to me. For now, I want the kids to worry about having fun. The second reason for learning, practicing and teaching these skills to my children is that hopefully it will teach appreciation and value of nature. If you appreciate and value something you will be more willing to save it.
I have multiple degrees in engineering and photography, and I am a desk jockey by day. I am also currently a city dweller, even though I have not been for most of my life. I do not work at bushcraft or in the outdoors for a living. I will not pretend to be an expert in any of these topics. So why do I think I am qualified to publish information on bush skills? While I will admit that there is PLENTY that I need to learn, a lot of this stuff is not new to me. I am not just now trying to learn and do a lot of this stuff as an adult. I grew up running through fields, sleeping in the woods, hunting, trapping, fishing and starting fires. Much of the stuff I have learned has been trough observation and field time. Even though I have learned plenty from books, I have more time actually in the field. With that in mind, the short answer is I do not think that I am qualified. Just take a look at the material I present, if it seems to make sense and could work for you, then give it try. If you don’t like what you see, then discard the information.
Beyond all that, I also tend to get sidetracked into a lot of hobbies. However, they usually all have one thing in common; they yield a useful end product. An example is leather craft. I started making custom knife sheaths out of necessity, and have managed to get pretty darn good at it along the way. Material like this, which I think is useful, will also get posted to this site.
As a final piece of information about me, I also started a photography business that is now mostly run by wife. I still do photos, but the rest of the business operations are performed by her. She is also a darn good photographer herself. The link to our business website is on the links page.
If you have any feedback for the site, or would like to see material on a specific topic, please send me an e-mail at: offthemapknives at gmail dot com