The Brown Filter Bag

We have received this lovely post from Rupert Brown of Brown’s Bushcraft who tells us the story of The Brown Filter Bags:

My name is Rupert Brown founder and owner of Brown’s Bushcraft based in the South West of France. In addition to teaching bushcraft I am also the creator of The Brown filter bag. Along with many bushcrafters, I used Millbank bags for coarse water filtration and recommended these to students on my courses. The Millbank bag was used by the British military worldwide since the 1940’s. It was issued to every soldier along with chlorine tablets to provide a simple and effective means of treating dirty water. Millbank bags used to be readily available from army surplus stores. But when the army stopped using Millbank bags some years ago, they became more and more difficult to come by.

Millbank bag

The original millbank bag

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Woodlore Staff Training

With the upcoming course season celebrating our 35th anniversary, the Woodlore field team assembled to share tales of adventures over the winter and maintain skills and knowledge in preparation for a very exciting year, with Ray leading a selection of time-honoured courses.

Fundamental Bushcraft with Ray Mears

Fundamental Bushcraft with Ray Mears

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Enjoying a Spring Break and Making Coat Hooks

Woodlore Aspirant Instructor and Quartermaster David Southey recently enjoyed some well-earned downtime following his trip to Finland, assisting Ray on the Woodlore Winter Bushcraft in the Northen Forest Expedition and before the busy course season gets underway in April.

Winter Bushcraft in the Northern Forest

Winter Bushcraft in the Northern Forest

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Ray Mears – Interviews

Ray has been interviewed by several newspapers, magazines and radio presenters over the past few months as we are celebrating Woodlore’s 35th Anniversary.

Ray Mears

Ray Mears

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A Trip to The Highlands – Part 3

Our final instalment from Senior Assistant Callum Hilder, of his recent solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

So lunch over and a chill coming over me from sitting down I move on. As I continue around the base of the Forest of Mar I can see woodland in the distance. After a short while I cross the Lin of Dee river and see numerous signs stating ‘no fires’, quite rightly as it is very dry and the vegetation let alone the peaty ground is perfect tinder, sadly though I come across a ring of stones with a large old fire inside. This really spoils the countryside and I am so very glad that I have been taught to leave no trace wherever I camp!

Fire remains

Fire remains

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A Trip to The Highlands – Part 2

Our second instalment from Senior Assistant Callum Hilder, of his recent solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

As I wake (a little late!) to the sun glowing through the walls of my tent, I climb out of my sleeping bag and have a simple breakfast by the side of the river – even more majestic in the dawn sunlight.

Tent in the morning

Tent in the morning

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A Trip to The Highlands – Part 1

Senior Assistant Callum Hilder has started training for the Mountain Leader Award and shares his recent experience with us during a solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

Wilderness travel, exploration and its enjoyment are some of the principles that Woodlore was founded upon.  Being a part of Woodlore has enabled me to begin making solo journeys and I have recently come back from five days in the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland, putting into practice many of the skills we teach and that I continue to learn.

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