Gransfors Axes – Tools for Life

I have been using Gransfors axes for many years now and there’s no doubting the quality of what you get. Hand forged in Sweden by blacksmiths of great experience they are tools to use, cherish and pass on. What comes out of the box however, may be a little different from the nurtured and well-worn implements that you will see put to work by our instructors.

From time to time people comment that the helve on the axe that they have just bought doesn’t display the patina that they may have seen on other axes and this is true. Gransfors make strong working tools that are good to put to their intended task from day one but it takes time for your axe to pick up the distinctive marks and wear that make it your own.

Gransfors Axe Handles

Gransfors axe handles before and after treatment

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The Elementree Kindler

We are proud to be supporting Woodlore Senior Assistant Callum Hilder by stocking his exciting invention, the Elementree Kindler. Callum has designed and built an efficient and safe way of turning the standard sized logs you would find at your local petrol station or have delivered by your firewood merchant, into kindling for your wood-burning stove, firepit, pizza oven or small fireplace. Here is a little insight from Callum as to why he decided to develop this product and about his journey so far:

Elementree Kindler

Elementree Kindler

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Woodlore Team Training 2018

The Woodlore team got the opportunity to hone some essential skills earlier this week as part of the field staff’s annual training. At the top of the list was a renewal of our essential 1st aid skills which will ensure that we are prepared for anything that the season can throw at us and more importantly, be better informed and able to prevent situations reaching the point where intervention is required.

First aid training

First aid training

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Ray Mears Going Wild Encore

Did you miss the opportunity to see Ray in October or November last year? Well, we are delighted to announce that Ray has added an extra date to his recent ‘Born to Go Wild’ tour for Saturday 17th Feb in Bedford at the Bedford Corn Exchange.

Ray Mears Going Wild Encore

Ray Mears Going Wild Encore

Tickets are selling well, so don’t leave it too long if you would like to watch this show.

As always Ray will be delighting audiences as he looks behind the scenes at the making of his latest TV show Australian Wilderness, giving his survival tips and lighting fires on stage! Ray will also be signing books after the show so a great opportunity to meet the man himself.

Tickets are £25 per adult and child tickets are £17.50 and can be purchased online here: https://goo.gl/bjdMxu

A Brief Journey in to Sami Band Weaving

We have recently been sent the following, lovely post, from long-term Woodlorean Bosco Li. Bosco has successfully tried his hand at making a pair of beautiful Sami shoe bands, after seeing them on his Arctic Experience Expedition with Woodlore:

I remember hazy childhood days when we had the luxury of daydreaming about the world and pondering fanciful thoughts. I recall one such recurring whimsy being whether I’d prefer living in the freezing cold or the sweltering heat if I were forced to choose. I’d mull over the pros and cons endlessly, until I concluded the answer would simply be whichever one I was more adept at thriving in! To that end, many years later I booked and was fortunate enough to learn about arctic survival with the Woodlore School of Wilderness Bushcraft.

Sami shoe bands

Sami shoe bands

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Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears – Episode 7 – Walpole Forest

Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

The final episode of Ray’s new series Australian Wilderness was broadcast at 8:00PM on Friday 1st December on ITV1. To watch again, please click here.

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Littlbug Junior Camping Stove Review

Our outdoor team spend much of the course season out in the woods where they rely on their clothing and equipment through all weather conditions. Every now again the team express a real passion for a particular product and recently Fundamental Instructor Keith Whitehead has been very impressed with his Littlbug Junior Camping Stove. Here is a review he has put together for us:

Littlbug Junior Stove and accessories

Littlbug Junior Stove and accessories

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