@Brian, I mostly post on bushcraftusa and sometimes it really seems like "gearcraftusa". However, bushcraters are the mostly thrifty people out there. They love buying stuff from thrift shops or flea markets. There are tons of threads on there about modding old butchers knives into beautiful looking custom bushcraft knives or turning a rusty old axe head into a shiny, useful tool again.
Don't mix up survival or primitive skills with bushcraft. Ray Mears said to only carry what you need, and let nature provide the rest. That usually means carrying a minimum kit. I don't really think it matters if your pack is nylon or canvas, the principle is the same. I carry a dyneema pack with a norlund mini hatchet in one of the side pockets and I often throw up an improvised shelter with a fire in front to keep warm through the night.