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.

Meet Woodlore’s Instructors: Tom Seward

Since Woodlore’s inception many decades ago, our aim has always been to offer the most prestigious level of training in bushcraft and wilderness survival skills. As such, we pride ourselves on our dedicated team of instructors, whose passion for the subject shines through in their teaching.

And so it is with delight that we conclude the recent series of blog posts today focusing on Aspirant Instructor Tom Seward. If you’ve been thinking about booking a course with Woodlore, here is your chance to get to know the instructors who may be guiding you this year.

Tom Seward

Aspirant Instructor Tom Seward

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Ray Mears Wild France – Episode 6 – Brittany

Wild France with Ray Mears - Episode 6

Wild France with Ray Mears – Episode 6

The final episode of Wild France was broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 15th August on ITV1. If you missed it, you can now watch it online via the ITV Player for a limited period of time by clicking on the image above.

Ray visits the rugged West Coast of Brittany. He heads out by boat to discover the nearby islands. On his journey he gets up close to bottlenose dolphins when they come swimming up to his boat.

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Wild France with Ray Mears – Episode 5 – Provence

Wild France with Ray Mears - Episode 5

Wild France with Ray Mears – Episode 5

Episode five of Wild France was broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 8th August on ITV1.  If you missed it, you can now watch it online via the ITV Player for a limited period of time by clicking on the image above.

The hills of Provence in Southern France are loved for their ancient olive groves and lavender fields. But this is also where a very special scrub-land known as the Maquis or the Garrigue is found. On the limestone outcrops, prickly juniper, scattered pines and dry-habitat aromatic herbs such as lavender, sage and thyme carpet the hillsides.

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Wild France with Ray Mears – Episode 4 – ‘The Cevennes’

Ray Mears' Wild France Episode 4

Ray Mears’ Wild France Episode 4

Episode four of Wild France was broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 1st August on ITV1. If you missed it, you can now watch it online via the ITV Player for a limited period of time by clicking on the image above.

Ray visits The Cevennes National Park, one of the most uninhabited regions in France. He travels deep into the Chestnut forest to meet Laurent, a local farmer whose family have grown chestnut trees for generations. He sets up a campfire to cook some chestnuts to make a chestnut soup.

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Wild France with Ray Mears – Episode 3 – ‘The Camargue’

Wild France with Ray Mears - Episode 3

Wild France with Ray Mears – Episode 3

The third episode of Wild France was broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 25th July on ITV1. If you missed it, you can now watch it online via the ITV Player for a limited period of time by clicking on the image above.

The Camargue is a vast wetland which includes ancient salt pans, huge expanses of river delta, inland salt-water lakes, and reed beds.

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