We recently ran our first Camp Craft course of the season in a beautiful piece of countryside, close to the historic town of Battle in East Sussex.
As part of the preparation for the course, our most senior instructors Dan Hume and Keith Whitehead had been busy practising the splicing and whipping techniques that they’d be passing on to those attending. Learning traditional skills such as these is what makes this course such an enlightening and rewarding experience.
During the course our students were taught a range of craft skills and techniques, alongside essential lessons on the safe use of axes and saws, to assist them with setting up and living in a fixed camp.
Course assistant Adrian Newton splitting a trunk using an axe, wedge and mallet
At the end of the week, course leader Dan Hume had this to say:
“The ability to live comfortably in the forest comes with many years of practice and application. To be able to share these essential skills with such enthusiastic students is both a pleasure and a privilege.”
And shortly after the course had taken place, we received these lovely reviews from two of our students:
“My second Woodlore course after the Fundamental Bushcraft, and all I can say is ‘brilliant’. The atmosphere was a lot more relaxed than the Fundamental, with more emphasis on developing skills and using tools to make life easier around camp. The axe, as you will learn if you come on this course, is a very versatile tool that you can do a lot of surprisingly heavy work with. The course instructors were a wealth of knowledge and always there to lend a hand. Thanks Dan, Keith and Ade. Book on the course – you won’t regret it; especially when you fell your first tree and turn it into something special.” – Christopher G.
“I have just returned home from your Camp Craft course (my first Woodlore course), and wanted to express what an amazing experience I had. The team of experts – Dan, Keith and Adrian – were so kind and professional that I felt completely safe while they were around. Their knowledge and skill level is amazing; they are an absolute asset to Woodlore and an inspiration to me. I will definitely be returning to try more courses; I have found that ‘something’ I’ve been needing for a while now. Please pass on my thanks to the team.” – Neil
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Reminds of the my old First Class tests when I was a scout. Pity they dropped these skills in the pursuit of being modern! Why I will never know! Good too see Woodlore is keeping the skills alive.