It is with deep regret that Woodlore must pass on this sad and tragic news:
“Yesterday morning I received the news that Stephen Wade Cox had passed away. I speak for all the team when I say that we were profoundly upset by such an unexpected tragedy. Over the past eight years we had come to recognise his astonishing and ever growing talent as a knife maker. A perfectionist and thorough professional, he was a joy to work with. Throughout this year I had worked very closely with him in the development of the Woodlore Knife Pro. This provided me the opportunity to know him better. There was much to admire in Stephen, he was calm, cheerful, thoughtful and a reliable man who loved his children. As a professional he was incredibly skilful but also humble, always at pains to honour the craftsmanship of the other knife makers who had inspired him. In his passing, Great Britain has lost one of the Worlds most talented knife makers.
Stephen will be a sorely missed member of the Woodlore Team. He last visited us just a few days ago when he had been looking forward to a holiday, full of joy and happiness. This is how I shall always remember him; smiling, happy and certain in the knowledge that his talents were fully appreciated.” – Ray Mears
Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this heartrending time.
Our UK course dates for 2017 are now available to book on the website. In addition to our usual selection of courses based in East Sussex and Scotland we have an exciting new Cooking course added to the calendar for this year. We have also extended the reach of the Fundamental Bushcraft course to Gloucestershire with the Fundamental Severnside course. Book soon to avoid disappointment.
2017 UK Courses
Ray will be leading a total of six Walk in the Woods and Carving Master Class days with Woodlore this year. We would advise you to book your place to join us soon as these sell out very quickly.
Ray Mears and Lars Falt have worked together for more than 20 years teaching bushcraft skills in the Northern Forest. After many years in the making, this fascinating book has now been written and has been released today.
Out on the Land by Ray Mears and Lars Falt
We are delighted to be stocking ‘Out on the Land’ by Ray and Lars and all books ordered directly from Woodlore will be signed by Ray. Order your copy today.
We were recently contacted by a customer who was interested in making a parang like the ones featured in Ray’s programmes based in the jungle. Sadly the parangs that Ray uses are very often used and left behind as they are relatively cheap to purchase and can cause problems when travelling with them in your luggage. We therefore did not have any measurements that we could pass on to our customer, however, he took a good look at the videos on www.youtube.com and was able to work with a blacksmith to produce the following results:
Parang and Sheath
Thank you to Andy Barber for sharing this with us.
Since Woodlore’s inception many decades ago, our aim has always been to offer the most prestigious level of training in bushcraft and wilderness survival skills. As such, we pride ourselves on our dedicated team of instructors, whose passion for the subject shines through in their teaching.
And so it is with delight that we conclude the recent series of blog posts today focusing on Aspirant Instructor Tom Seward. If you’ve been thinking about booking a course with Woodlore, here is your chance to get to know the instructors who may be guiding you this year.
The final episode of Wild France was broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 15th August on ITV1. If you missed it, you can now watch it online via the ITV Player for a limited period of time by clicking on the image above.
Ray visits the rugged West Coast of Brittany. He heads out by boat to discover the nearby islands. On his journey he gets up close to bottlenose dolphins when they come swimming up to his boat.