How to Make a Simple Bushcraft Tripod

A tripod can be one of the handiest things to have around your bushcraft camp, especially for cooking over a fire. If you don’t know how to make one, don’t worry, I’m about to teach you how to make a super easy bushcraft tripod in no time.

To build a simple and easy bushcraft tripod you will need a few tools, these include:

  • Paracord to wrap the top of the tripod together
  • An axe or folding saw to prepare 3 long poles
  • Three straight poles between 6-8 feet in length.

bushcraft tripod

Once you have everything you need to make your tripod, take your three straight poles and bundle them together with a firm grip.

bushcraft tripod lashing

Once you have your three poles held together with a firm grip, you want to wrap your paracord around the poles a little more than a hands length down from the top of the poles.

cooking tripod lashing

When you have your paracord wrapped tightly around the three poles it’s time to tie a knot, in this demonstration a square knot is used to keep the bundle in place. If you are unsure how to tie a square not, follow these steps:

  • Hold the ends of the rope in each hand
  • Pass the right end of the rope over and then under the rope that is in your left hand
  • Now, pass the end of the rope that’s in your left hand over and then under the end now in your right hand.
  • Then simply tighten the square knot by tugging on both ends at the same time.

If you are a visual learner, I suggest visiting this post form scoutlife.org that includes images and GIFs showing how to tie the square knot.

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Now you are ready to set up your bushcraft tripod. Take any of the three poles and flip it over like the hand of a clock in the counterclockwise direction, and your tripod is complete and ready for use! This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to put together a temporary bushcraft tripod without needing to know how to do proper lashing techniques.

If you would like to see the entire process in motion, check out the full video below made by one of the top bushcraft practitioners in the world, coalcracker bushcraft!

World's Simplest Tripod Setup

Bushcraft tripods are a great thing to have around camp. A solid tripod will make cooking a whole lot easier, with proper setup you should be able to easily adjust the temperature depending on what you are cooking and how big your fire is.

For example, when boiling water, you would want to spread the legs of your tripod out wide as to bring the pot closer to the fire. Whereas if you are preparing a stew, you would want the legs to be closer together, thereby raising the pot away from the flame.

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