Woodlore's 30th Anniversary

1983 - 2013


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In 1983, a young man from the North Downs of England took a leap and founded his own company. After years of teaching himself the ancient skills devised by our ancestors, his aim was to bring these techniques back to life, passing them on to other kindred outdoorsmen and women. The man’s name was Ray Mears, and the company he created was Woodlore, The School of Wilderness Bushcraft.

That Woodlore is now in its 30th year is testament to the ambition, devotion and knowledge which Ray Mears invested in his company, as he laid the foundations for what would arguably become the most respected and widely recognised school for Bushcraft today.




Over the past thirty years I have had the excitement of steering Woodlore on a voyage of discovery literally around the world, running courses in some of our planet's remotest corners, living alongside some of the oldest cultures, and tracking some of the most dangerous and fascinating wildlife in existence. Guiding my hand throughout these years have been several principles; a commitment to honest professionalism, a willingness to take the difficult path, reliability, and the belief that humour can dispel adversity.

As Woodlore now celebrates its 30th anniversary, I am excited to see what the year ahead brings. Projects that have long been in planning will soon come to fruition, as we announce a host of new Bushcraft courses both in the UK and overseas. We are also proud to unveil a selection of exclusive commemorative items of equipment and clothing, to mark this special occasion.

At this milestone in Woodlore’s journey, I would like to extend my thanks to the many students, the 'Woodloreans', who have sat around our campfire over the past thirty years. Your passion, enthusiasm and willingness to push beyond known boundaries has been the greatest inspiration, and continues to work its magic today on a new generation of instructors.

Best wishes,



Ray Mears
Founder of Woodlore



30th Anniversary Courses and Expeditions

For our 30th anniversary, we have joined forces with some of the world's most highly skilled specialist instructors in the field of Bushcraft. As such, we are delighted to release our most exciting courses and expeditions yet, some of which are exclusive to our anniversary year:

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 Birch Bark Canoe Building with Ray Mears
 and Pinock Smith
Join us in celebrating Woodlore's 30th Anniversary by building one of the greatest crafts ever made by man.

During this special one-off course exclusive to our anniversary year you will be guided by Ray Mears and Pinock Smith, an Algonquin Indian canoe builder whose knowledge has descended directly from the master canoe builders of the past.

Throughout this memorable day, Ray will guide you through various techniques and tips that he has accumulated over the past forty years and will help to improve your level of skill and safety with your cutting tools.


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 Carving Master Class with Ray Mears
As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations we are very pleased to offer you a special new opportunity to learn carving skills from the expert woodsman, Ray Mears. Throughout this memorable day, Ray will guide you through various techniques and tips that he has accumulated over the past forty years and will help to improve your level of skill and safety with your cutting tools.

Ray will tailor the standard of tuition to meet the standard of each individual as he moves around the group offering first class help and advice. We are certain you will leave with inspiration and an itching desire to do more. You will take home a uniquely carved item and an increased confidence in your skills and tools.


30th Anniversary Clothing and Equipment

To mark this momentous occasion in Woodlore's history, we have worked together with some of our favourite and most respected brands, to bring you a choice collection of exclusive commemorative products:

Hestra Falt Guide Glove - Woodlore 30th Anniversary Edition


GWS H3 G10 Pro Diver Watch - Woodlore Badged


Woodlore 30th Anniversary T-Shirt - Classic Edition


Woodlore 30th Anniversary T-Shirt - Retro Edition


Woodlore Anniversary Badge