- Making Fire
- Tools & Safe Use
- Crafts and Skills
- Cooking & Water
- Group Work
- Bushcraft on a budget
Making Fire [contents]
You just can't beat the feeling of warmth and comfort that you get from gathering around a crackling fire. Let's face it, man has been doing it since we were living in caves.
We will share our knowledge and experiences with you so that you are equipped with the skills to source the correct materials for your chosen method, dependent on the environment that you are in, and how to safely enjoy your fire and then when you have finished, leave it, with the knowledge that it is fully extinguished and left with no trace.
We can explore with you making fire by:
- Fire Steel
- Fire Piston
- Greenheat Gell
- Bow Drill
- Flint & Steel
We will also explore with you:
- Tinder & tinder bundles
- Natural firelighters
- The fire triangle
Tools & Safe Use [contents]
Having a few basic tools with you can make your experience in the woods an enjoyable, comfortable and memorable occasion, way beyond just surviving. With just one tool and the appropriate skills, you can make a shelter, create a fire, even tap into a water source, let alone harvest some food by making a trap. The smart bushcrafter travels light of equipment, and heavy with knowledge.
We will cover skills and safety with:
- Bushcraft Knife
- Small Forest Axe
- Buck or Bow Saw
- Folding Bushcraft Saw
- Spoon carving knife
- Draw knife
We will also cover:
- Care & sharpening
- Legalities of owning, transporting and being in possession of sharps
For the educationalists, we feel, with over 21 years of experience in writing Risk Assessments based around all forms of Outdoor Adventure Education, that we are well qualified to assist you in writing yours, so please enquire how we can save you time.
Designs of shelters depend on the environment around you, whether it is mixed, deciduous or coniferous woodland, however there are all sorts of other environmental issues to consider. How long are you going to be there? What is the environmental impact of you actions going to be? And how public is your site?
For these reasons we are as much in favour of using some man made products in this arena as natural ones. To know how to make a debris shelter is excellent and great fun but if we all go out there and make one every other weekend, there will not be much of our beautiful woodland left for our children to enjoy.
We aim to educate and discuss these principals as much as share and explore experiences with you.
Areas we will cover are:
- Debris shelters
- Other forms of bivis
- Environmental impact
- Using coppiced materials
- Leave no trace?
Crafts and Skills [contents]
One of the main enjoyments of spending time in the woods is seeing, understanding and using the natural resources around you. What you can create, to a certain degree, will be dependant on the environment you are in and whether it is a mixed, deciduous or coniferous woodland.
Areas we can work with you on include:
- Making you own Bow Drill set
- Making your own collapsible Buck Saw
- Creating your own fire side pot hangers
- Finding & preparing natural fibres for bindings and cordage
- Weaving utensils from Willow & other coppiced materials
- Making and setting a Figure of 4 dead fall trap
- Creating your own tinder with Char Cloth
- Make your own whistle
- Make your own spoon and bowl
Cooking & Water [contents]
Once you have made your shelter and got your fire lit, the only thing missing to complete the experience is to eat, drink and cook outdoors. Even the most basic food tastes better outside. Why is that?
We will look at foods that can be cooked directly in, under or over the fire, cooking in a Dutch Oven, baking Bannock breads and making pancakes. Then, to wash all the lovely food down, a hot but delicate infusion of nettle, bilberry or heather.
We will look at collecting and purifying water via several methods and look at other basic but very practical equipment to take into the woods for a base camp such as Kelly kettles.
Group Work [contents]
With educational groups the content of any programme is going to be dictated, to a degree, by the number of students and the time slot of each session available. We can deliver anything from a one-hour intervention through to a two-day, over night camp.
The group-work skills that encourage leadership, planning, teamwork and communication skills include:
- Bow drill fire lighting
- Buck Saw use
- Fuel collection and grading
- Shelter building
- Kelly Kettle use
- Wood splitting and preparation
Also, on an individual level, every child matters, so our highly skilled IOL (Institute of Outdoor Learning) qualified Bushcraft & Survival Skills practitioners will be taking every opportunity to encourage self review and reflection that will help build up relationships, develop confidence and grow self esteem.
Working with you, we will help design a programme that will tick all your requirements, and many more!
Bushcraft on a budget [contents]
This is an area we are passionate about. So many sports and hobbies have gone kit crazy. Bushcraft is a life changing experience and we can share with you how to enjoy day trips and over nights in the woods with so little well-chosen and basic kit. If you select the environment with care and chose appropriate weather, with caution, you can have a most enlightening and memorable experience, on your own, with friends or family.
Remember, the smart bushcrafter travels light of equipment, and heavy with knowledge.