Crafts made on the Bush Craft Week Using a wooden bucksaw Tools for bushcraft Handmade buckets Buckskin bags and pouches Stretching a fallow hide in a frame Weaving on the Bush Crafts Week

Bush Crafts Week

If your dream is to feel completely at home in the wilderness then this seven day course will take you several steps further towards that goal, building on the skills you may already have whilst learning some incredibly handy new ones along the way. Working from a base camp deep in the woods, cooking over an open fire, living and sleeping amongst the very materials you’ll be using to create and craft, you’ll also gain a far greater understanding of the natural history of woodlands and wood crafts.

During the week you will learn...

  • Safe and efficient handling of cutting tools outdoors including axe, bucksaw and other specialised carving tools.
  • Maintenance and sharpening of various woodworking tools.
  • Making your own wooden 'take down' bucksaw -  from seasoned native hardwoods, mortice and tenon construction.
  • Axe work - safe use, tree felling and processing, splitting large timber, roughing out carving projects.
  • Carving spoons, spatulas, Scandinavian style cups and bowls.
  • Fine carving techniques including adding decoration to your finished utenstils.
  • Qualities of native trees for carving and timber selection.
  • Weaving techniques and using hedgerow alternatives to willow (to make your own basket or fish trap).
  • Processing natural materials for cordage and bindings.
  • Making natural glues and sealants from pine resin, hide scraps and birch bark tar.
  • Working with bark to make containers, buckets, tubs and other equipment.
  • Skinning and butchering a deer followed by various methods of cooking (including underground hot rock oven) and preserving the meat by making back woods jerky.
  • Processing the sinew, bone and antler for crafts.
  • Make your own traditional buckskin sewing kit - awls, needles, thimbles (also handy for stitching bark containers).
  • Natural hide tanning methods to make rawhide, bark tan leather, hair on hides and buckskin.
  • Making buckskin (everyone will create their own hand softened and smoked buckskin).
  • Creating working patterns for crafting clothing and equipment from hide.
  • Making leather bags and pouches.

Please note – you’ll keep everything you make. Expect to go home with a finished buckskin, traditional leather and bark sewing kit, bark containers, leather bag or pouches, venison jerky, a woven basket or fish trap, pitch and glue sticks, various types of natural cordage, carved wooden spoon and cup/bowl, a take down, rucksack portable bucksaw plus pouch and an incredible amount of knowledge!

Please be aware that this is designed to be an intensive and busy learning experience. The days will be long but the experiences gained in relatively short time, unforgettable! You really don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to attend but please come along expecting to work hard from the start.

The course starts at 7pm will finish at 3pm.


Bush Crafts Week

Bush Crafts Week

7 days

19-Apr-2019 to 26-Apr-2019

Start 19.00

Finish 15.00

£695 per person

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