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Woodlore Christmas Opening Times

Please note that the Woodlore office will close for the Christmas period at 2:00 PM GMT on Friday 21st December 2018. We will reopen for business at 9:00 AM GMT on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Orders can still be placed online during this period, but please note that they will not be dispatched until the office re-opens in January.

Any queries during this time should be sent to info@raymears.com

We wish all of our customers the very best for Christmas and the New Year!

 

Complimentary Presentation Gift Pack for Courses this Christmas

If you are booking a course for someone special this Christmas we have plenty of exciting experiences for you to choose from.  We are currently celebrating 35 years of bushcraft and in commemoration of this, we have some extra courses available led by Ray himself.

Please follow our helpful points below to ensure that you have the perfect gift in time for the big day:

  • Book the course in your own name, this saves any surprises being spoilt if we need to make contact regarding the booking.
  • Call us or email us in the office to let us know that you have booked a course as a gift and the name of the person that will be attending.
  • Once we make a note of the attendee name then we will get a personalised presentation pack in the post addressed to you in a plain brown envelope so that we don’t give the game away.
  • Once received, your presentation pack can then be wrapped ready to give to your loved one.
  • Book in plenty of time so that we are able to get your presentation pack to you in time for Christmas.
Presentation Pack Folder

Presentation Pack Folder

This special gift pack contains a glossy presentation pack folder, certificate specifying the course participant, course title and date, plus a Woodlore sticker.

A Trip to The Highlands – Part 3

Our final instalment from Senior Assistant Callum Hilder, of his recent solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

So lunch over and a chill coming over me from sitting down I move on. As I continue around the base of the Forest of Mar I can see woodland in the distance. After a short while I cross the Lin of Dee river and see numerous signs stating ‘no fires’, quite rightly as it is very dry and the vegetation let alone the peaty ground is perfect tinder, sadly though I come across a ring of stones with a large old fire inside. This really spoils the countryside and I am so very glad that I have been taught to leave no trace wherever I camp!

Fire remains

Fire remains

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2019 Course Dates are Now Available to Book

Our Woodlore courses due to take place in 2019 are now available to book on the website.  In celebration of our 35th Anniversary, Ray has offered his time to lead some of his usual courses, alongside some of our classics, giving everyone the chance to learn a range of bushcraft skills directly from Ray.

Ray Mears

Ray Mears

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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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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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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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