Woodsman Craft Week

Spend the week in the woods weaving, carving and crafting utensils, cups and containers from natural materials. Each day you will be introduced to a new craft and gather the raw materials needed to make the craft item. Our expert instructors will take you through how to use the various woodsman tools such as axes, draw knives, gouges and carving knives that make crafting these items possible.

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Locations

This course is run from our Wiltshire and Gloucestershire sites. Full details of how to get to the site will be provided once you have booked.

Catering

All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.

Minimum Age

We would advise that this course is suitable for 16 years old and upwards, under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Spend the week in the woods weaving, carving and crafting utensils, cups and containers from natural materials. Each day you will be introduced to a new craft and gather the raw materials needed to make the craft item. Our expert instructors will take you through how to use the various woodman’s tools such as axes, draw knives, gouges and carving knives that make crafting these items possible.

An overview of what you will learn during these week course:

  • Safe use knives, axes, saws and specialists carving tools, including various cuttingtechniques
  • 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
  • Making of a bucksaw
  • Making of a bowsaw
  • Sharpening techniques for knives, axes and specialist tools
  • Bark removal for containers
  • Making various bark containers
  • Barks for natural cordage
  • Roots for natural cordage
  • How to get the most out of your cordage
  • Making reverse twist cordage
  • Fundamentals of carving with green wood
  • Carving using an axe
  • Carving with a knife
  • How to carve a spoon, spatula or ladle
  • Advanced carving techniques
  • Carving with gouges
  • How to carve a traditional kuksa or noggin cup from green wood
  • How to finish off your carved item (sanding/ oiling / waxing)
  • Sourcing materials for weaving
  • Weaving with brambles
  • Weaving with willow
  • How to identify various trees and plants and their many uses
  • How to weave a basket
  • How to identify various trees and plants and their many uses

 

Your Week                                                                                  Wednesday 9.00 – Sunday 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 week.

Day 1 – Tree felling and tools

Our instructor will take you out into the woodland and talk you through the selection process of felling a tree. You will guided through the safety aspects of felling a tree including safety zones, kickback and how to deal with a hung up tree.You will then get the chance to use saws and axes to fell a tree. Once the tree had been felled the next task will be to prune and de-limb it, the various branches and off cuts will be used later on in the week. As the day progresses you’ll move onto using some of the off cuts to make a frame saw and bow saw from of which you will use for the remainder of the course and is yours to take home. The end part of the day you will look at how to look after your axes and knives by sharpening them. Our instructors will guide you through how to get the best edge on your tool and talk about the various designs of axes, knives and saws for woodland work.

Day 2 – Bark containers and natural cordage

From the felled tree from day 1 you will harvest the bark, the aim here to remove a large sheet of bark for use in making your containers. Our instructors will first guide you through how to remove the bark using a knife and a spud (wooden chisel like tool) that will aid in the removal of the bark. Once you have your sheet of bark the next stage will be to decide the style of container you want to make from it, there will be a number of containers on display for you to get inspiration from. Our instructors will then take you through harvesting the materials to make natural cordage from, your will be looking at barks to make reverse twist cordage and roots, these will be used to stitch you containers together with. The outcome of these day to to get you used to work with natural materials and your hands, and hopefully you’ll walk away with a couple of containers.

Day 3 – Spoons, Spatulas and ladles

This day is an introduction into carving with green woods, after a recap on tool safety, you’ll head back out to the felled tree to harvest some useful pieces from the limbs and truck for you spoons, spatula and ladles. Our instructors will then demonstrate 2 techniques: carving with an axe and knife and the second just knife and saw. It’s then over to you to design and carve a spoon under the watchful eyes of our instructors. In the afternoon we’ll then build on what we cared in the morning session to look at ladles and spatulas, looking at curved pieces of wood and using our minds eye to see the potential utensil within.

Day 4 – Kuksa’s & Noggin cup

This day will focus on advanced carving of larger pieces of work. You will spend the day learning and carving traditional Swedish kuksa & noggins. We will once again visit the fell tree to harvest our materials from. This time we will be looking for larger pieces of timber to use. Our instructors will guide you through using axes and wedges to split the logs in half evenly and before taking it back to the craft zone to design the kuksa / noggin cup. Our instructor will demonstrate using a bowl mate and gouge to remove the inner bowl material from your kuksa before takin the axe out once more to remove the waste material from the outside of the cup. By the end of the day you will have carved a traditional Swedish kuksa and begun the sanding process.

Day 5 – Basket weaving

The final day will be spent learning how to weave a basket from willow and other natural materials such as brambles. Our instructor will guide you through the entire process from start to finish weaving alongside you. You will be whaling, whipping and twisting your way through the day to produce a basket or bowl from willow.

Course finishes

All good thing must come to an end, time to pack and head of back to home. Come back soon though.