This weekends campcraft course is all about working with natural materials and learning the skills required to construct a number of craft items from the surrounding woodland. After an initial induction into the woodland tools that you will be using during the weekend, you will be tasked to firstly harvest the materials and then construct a range of tables, benches and beds from hazel, you’ll be shown how to utilise natural cordage and construct various types of pot hangers, utensils as well as other cooking aids. This course will give you a broad range of practical skills and knowledge enabling you to setup a basecamp with home comforts using your campcraft skills.
An overview of what you will learn during this weekend course:
• Safe use knives, axes, saws and specialists carving tools, including various cuttingtechniques
• How to safely coppice
• Tree felling techniques using a saw and axe
• Hazards when felling a tree
• De-limbing and pruning a felled tree
• Splitting using an axe
• Splitting using wedges
• How to make sturdy splitting wedges
• Sourcing and utilising natural cordage
• Fundamentals of carving with greenwood
• How to carve a number of utensils from greenwood
• How to construct a bench/ table from harvested woodland materials
• How to make a number of pot hangers (different types)
Your Weekend 9.00 – 16.00
|Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft
You’ll be welcomed by one of our instructors and guided into the woodland to our basecamp where you will be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you will be using during the weekend
Coppicing and Woodland tools
Our instructor will take you out into the woodland and talk you through the selection process of coppicing. You will guided through the safety aspects of coppicing the hazel shrub using saws and axes. To collect the useable you’ll have to prune and de-limb the various branches and the off cuts will be used later on in the weekend.
Splitting and wedges
Once you have transported the coppiced hazel rods back to the basecamp area our instructors will then guide you through how to split the hazel down lengthways using a traditional froe as well as improvising and using a knife or axe. You’ll be shown how to improvise a drawknife from you bushcraft knife an d use it to shave the hazel rods down to the desired thickness. Our instructors will also guide you through how to make some splitting wedges to aid you whilst you split your pieces of timber.
Benches, Pot hangers and Tables
Our instructors will then guide you through how to build benches and tables from the materials. You will be constructing a number of pots hangers from the harvested hazel too.
Pot hooks, spoons and spatulas
From the left over materials you will carve a number of useful utensils from spoons to spatulas, tongs to pot hooks and everything in between. Our instructors will also guide you through sourcing and unitising natural cordage within this campcraft weekend from making withies to digging up roots.