A Message from Ray

We find ourselves living through a challenging time, to say the very least. Like you, we have been listening to the sad news reports of Coronavirus victims on a daily basis. Our thoughts go out to all those who have lost family members or who have loved ones currently fighting the illness in hospital or at home in self-isolation.

Along with my family, we are taking each day at a time, gradually adapting to our new, temporary, reality. So far everyone that we have had dealings with has demonstrated calmness, sense and good humour which is very comforting. Certainly, the British spirit is in no way diminished.

In the meantime, we realise that as Woodloreans you are a special breed and will still be looking for opportunities to safely enjoy the outdoors life; rest assured that Woodlore will support your clothing and equipment needs as efficiently as our circumstances allow.

Personally, I have been out in the garden enjoying the spring flowers. This year their transient blooming is more poigniant than ever before. They uplift me with their beauty and remind me that I must live fully each moment as it happens. Most importantly they remind me that our current difficulties will also be transient.

Stay safe

With love and best wishes

Ray and Ruth Mears

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About Woodlore Limited

Woodlore, The School of Wilderness Bushcraft, was founded in 1983 by the British Bushcraft expert, Ray Mears. Paving the way for Bushcraft courses in the UK, Woodlore began with Ray teaching small groups of students the knowledge and techniques that he had spent most of his early life honing. With Ray’s ambition and perserverance, Woodlore has since grown into a world-renowned and highly respected school, offering in-depth courses on a wide range of bushcraft and survival subjects.

8 thoughts on “A Message from Ray

  1. Marcus F

    What are your thoughts on the pandemic now @Ray Mears?
    A lot has changed in the last couple of years, what advice do you have for us bushcrafters looking to survive the likes of what is happening in Australia, Austria etc?


  2. Scott

    @Aaron Holt – It’s not the case that the Borneo locals (Penan_ rush through the Jungle, far from it, from what I understand they walk slowly, very slowly, because of the Pit Vipers that love to sit in the Tree!


  3. Nicholas MacIneskar

    Thanks Ray and Ruth,

    It is good to hear your calming words. The humble garden has been a haven and it is good to be reminded of its’ effect as a balm, especially in these unusual times.

    I and my family
    really hope to see more of your adventures around our world once the issue that confronts us is under control.

    Best wishes to all,



  4. Anonymous

    Yes challenging times indeed keep safe everybody and look forward to getting back out in the countryside and utilising the skills I’ve learnt with Woodlore in the meantime the back garden will suffice.


    1. Aaron Holt

      I read your blog on earth ovens. I found your suggested cooking time of 1.5 to 2 hours to be unrealistic. We cooked a leg of lamb for 9.5 hours which came out at 93° C . It could of come out 1.5 hours earlier. It’ worth mentioning I spent 3 hours building the initial fire using 8 quartz of wood.


      1. Scott

        @Aaron Holt – That sounds about right, one time me an a mate got hold of a Mullard (Duck) that had bounced off a truck windshield when we where off camping out up in Scotland and so we figured “Mmm! Duck Dinner!” so then back at camp we argued about the best cooking method, I suggested “Fry” he suggested “Boil” so in the end he had his way and Boiled it, we enjoyed that Duck – 6 and a half hours later! I was recently re-reading about climbing and repelling after watching Bear Grills (yes, misspelled his name on purpose!) jump out of a helicopter in Borneo and descend from a tree canopy and I can see why Ray doesn’t approve or like his methods. Bloke ran through the Jungle like a loon to find the locals, nearly killing himself, a few times. An as it was Borneo, you’d have at least expect him to talk about Antiaris toxicaria “Tajem” to the locals that they use as a Blowgun poison but it wasn’t mentioned by him once. I heard the Discovery Channel cancelled his contract. Bet that made Ray smile – it certainly made me Smile.


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