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Customer Review – Carving Master Class with Ray Mears

James Smith attended his first course, the Fundamental Bushcraft, with us in April this year and caught the ‘bushcraft bug’.  Here is a short review from James after completion of his second course, the Carving Master Class with Ray Mears, which he booked very shortly after returning home from the Fundamental Bushcraft course:

As anyone reading this may appreciate, completing the Woodlore Fundamental Bushcraft course can leave you with severe withdrawal symptoms! This was certainly true for myself. So before I’d even unpacked all my gear I jumped at the chance to attend a Carving Masterclass with Ray Mears.

Many aspects of bushcraft require patience and observation: carving is no exception. As students we were encouraged to take our time, deal with problems early on (‘a philosophy for life’) and also factor in some breaks. After all, tiredness and very sharp tools do not mix well…

Throughout the course Ray and his assistants were constantly on hand to offer advice and guidance, all within easy reach of the campfire kettle. Slowly but surely we turned humble pieces of birch into spoons.

Spoons?! On the surface it can seem like no big deal. But there are many valuable skills and procedures involved in the creation of even the most utilitarian of objects – skills that we are increasingly losing touch with. If you want to gain a new appreciation of simple, everyday objects, try making some of them!

Huge thanks to Ray, Keith, Steve, Jamie and all at Woodlore for a truly unforgettable day.

Now, I just need to befriend a tree surgeon…

Carved spoons from the Fundamental Bushcraft and Carving Master Class courses

Carved spoons from the Fundamental Bushcraft and Carving Master Class courses –

– James Smith

Woodlore Team Training 2017

Last weekend saw the Woodlore outdoor team gather together for their annual staff training. This year, the team took an in-depth view of some of the essential professional skills required to run successful courses safely in any environment. We were joined by Jamie Cooke, a world leader in resuscitation practice and Specialist Instructor on our First Aid courses, who gave the team their regular top-up of knowledge and training. Ray led the team in looking at the complications and hazards of leading overseas expeditions and how we can use our experiences to improve and inform our teaching on Woodlore’s exceptional range of UK training courses.

Team Training 2017

Between times, the team had the opportunity to come together and enjoy the warmth of the Woodlore camp fire, sharing food and stories of what has happened since the last season together. On the final day, Ray once again led the team and demonstrated a rich diversity of skills which will be embedded into our courses over the coming year. Woodlore is constantly moving forward in terms of equipment, knowledge and technique so these times spent together in the woods are essential. It means that our clients in the coming year will have a learning experience that is current, relevant and absolutely second to none.

Keith Whitehead

Ray Mears Tour Dates for 2017 – ‘Born To Go Wild’

We are delighted to announce a new tour throughout the UK to take place this year, entitled ‘Born to go Wild’. Please scroll down for dates and venues:

Ray Mears - Born to go Wild

Ray Mears – Born to go Wild

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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.

 

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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