A little carving project
We have a Come & Try Bushcraft Course running on the 7 October (morning & afternoon sessions) for you to come and learn about the fundamental bushcraft skills in a fun and friendly environment. During the course you will learn about:
- the fundamental bushcraft tools and how to use them safely;
- different ways to light a fire;
- how to collect, prepare materials to light your fire;
- using a fire safely to make some bushcraft bread.
It time permits, we may also look at carving, shelters, natural cordage or natural navigation.
The cost of the course is just £17.50, which is a 30% reduction off the normal price. To find out more information:
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
tel – 07974 458969
website – acornbushract.co.uk
We look forward to hearing from you.
One of the ‘lads’ mixing damper bread
On Sunday, I was running a bushcraft session for Carreg Llwyd Chrurch as part of their ‘Men Only’ weekend, which due to to the weather provided a few additional challenges for the group to overcome.
The outline programme for the session was:
- Safe Tool Use – the using these new skills to make a tent peg;
- Shelters – erecting tarps and using the tent pegs made earlier;
- Fire lighting demonstration – different ways to light a fire;
- Camp Fire Cooking – Build, light and maintain your fire to cook damper bread;
- Session Review.
We had 27 ‘lads’ booked in for the session and after quick introductions it as straight into the safe tool talk and making tent pegs, which was enjoyed by all. Next as the rain started to gently fall, it was time to erect and the tarps which the teams did with relative ease and soon they were all huddled inside to shelter from the now very heavy rain / snow that started to fall, which was the perfect backdrop for the fire lighting sessions!
Despite the horrible weather, all groups got their fires going and managed to cook the damper bread and toast the marsh mallows. One or two resourceful souls, even spotted the kelly kettle, worked out how how to use it and made a welcome cup of tea for those that needed it.
I had a great day in the woods and judging by the smiley faces and questions so did the group and it wouldn’t surprise me if some of them went off to have bushcraft adventures of their own.
To see a more photographs of this event then please click here.
If you would like Acorn Bushcraft to provide this activity for you either at our private woodland or at a location of your choice (provided we have a suitable site), then please take look at our main site to find out more by clicking here.
Martin igniting his tinder bundle
As pat of our ongoing staff development, I was out in the woods this week with Marin and Paul to carry out a bushcraft induction so that they could assist / run bushcraft courses in the future.
The day was structured as follows:
- Safe tool use & cutting techniques;
- Shelter making;
- Fire lighting techniques;
- Fire lighting to cook lunch & damper bread;
- Question & answer session
I had a great day in the wood and so did the lads from the feedback received. We are all now just hoping for good weather on Saturday where we will be running a bushcraft session for a dads and lads camp!
Challenge 4 – Shelter Making
On Wednesday, I was working for my good friends at Arthog Outreach taking a group of Year 5′s on a woodland walk to improve their listening and team work skills.
Our venue for the the day was to be Ercal Wood near Wellington which is a great venue to go off exploring and have some fun. Our first challenge of the day was tackle the step slope to the main summit to see the view. One or two struggled with steepness but we all made it to the top where we had a well earned rest.
Challenge 2 – Natural Art
Our next challenge was to make a picture using natural materials, we had models of a skier, bus, mountain, tree and a man. After a vote, the man was declared the winner. After a spot of lunch and some hot squash to warm us up and it was off to the third challenge. This challenge was to work as a team to scramble up some rocks and it was good to see the group working as a team to get to the top.
A bit further into the walk it was time to make some natural shelters and then the group had to make a pitch to sell the finished product. I chuckled at one or two of the sales pitches as they tried to convince ‘Scaredy Dave’ to buy their shelters as some of their claims were outrageous! Our final challenge was to make a fire with a fire-steel and it didn’t come as much of a surprise that this was the most popular activity.
A nice out with an excellent group of young people. I just hope some of them don’t go into sales as a career!
If you are unsure of the legal position surrounding bushcraft tools then our recent article on our Technical Pages relating to UK Knife Law sets out the legal position and how best to stay on the right side of the law.
Acorn Bushcraft Technical Page – UK knife Law
Welcome to the Acorn Bushcraft Blog.
Our new website Acorn Bushcraft and blog have just gone live (January 2013) and we are quite pleased with the end results. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to the content and keeping you updated about our courses so please check in to see what’s been added.
If you require further information then please contact me by one of the methods below and I’ll do what I can to help.
tel : 01743 236916
mob: 07974 458969