Author Archives: Woodlore Limited

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.

Two Free Gifts With Every Course Booking This Christmas

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special this Christmas?  Why not book an experience that they will never forget on one of our bushcraft courses and receive not one, but two free gifts for them to open this Christmas. The free gifts to be sent are as follows:

Free gifts with every course booking

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2020 Course Dates are Now Available to Book

Our Woodlore courses due to take place in 2020 are now available to book on the website. We have many of the old favourites in the schedule including Fundamental Bushcraft, Traditional Living Skills, UK Woodland Navigation Family Bushcraft and Tracking.

Lighting a fire on the Fundamental Bushcraft course

In addition to some of the more regular courses we also have some new ones taking place this year including the Woodlore Bush Chef with Ray Mears and the Autumn Fungi Forager. The Emergency First Aider course is also back on the schedule after a short hiatus.

Autumn Fungi Forager

If you would like an insight into what happens in the Woodlore camp during our courses take a look at our video from the Introduction to Bushcraft course….

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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A Customer Guide to Spoon Carving

The following text and lovely accompanying photographs were kindly sent in by Woodlore customer Tom Scandian:

You need very few tools for spoon carving which are very cheap and great quality, all of mine have come from Woodlore and include a Mora Carving Knife, S Djarv Hantverk large Spoon Knife, Folding saw and a Mora Heavy Duty. You can carve basic spoons with just a normal pocket knife, however a good quality spoon knife and carving knife go a long way to improving quality and detail!

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UK 2017 UK Course Dates are Now Available to Book

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

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.

A Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears

A Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears

 

Out on the Land – Ray Mears and Lars Falt

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

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.

 

Making a Jungle Parang

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

Parang and Sheath

Thank you to Andy Barber for sharing this with us.