Archive for January, 2011
The following guide was very kindly provided by Woodlore customer and Camp Craft course attendee Martin Dryden:
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks again for sorting out the Wildlife Hatchet Axe Head for me. It took a little while to source some suitable Ash and to shape the handle, but below are some pictures. The axe head is a really high-quality item and was a pleasure to work with.
My Small Forest Axe (issued on the Camp Craft Course) made light work of the job of splitting the Ash log I had. The wedge is the Holly Glut I made on the course also, so it’s now served use again.
As with our last competition, the picture below shows an animal track which was photographed by Woodlore office member Steve, on a trip to East Africa. As always, the first person to correctly identify it wins a £10.00 Woodlore Voucher - good luck!
It seems like this print threw a lot of you, and some of us as well! However, it was correctly identified by Jamie as the print of a baboon – well done Jamie.
If you’d like to brush up on your skills at tracking and identifying wildlife, we recommend taking part in the Woodlore Tracking course, or, alternatively, taking a look at the Animal Tracks & Signs book.
The following article was kindly sent in by Woodlore customer Chris Waugh, and features the S. Djarv Hantverk Large Crooked Knife Blade, which is currently on special offer at £45.00 while stocks last:
Dear Ray and all at Woodlore,
I purchased the Large Crooked Knife Blade (Right Handed) not too long ago from you all, and I just wanted to send you my pictures of the finished knife! I used a beautiful piece of South American Cocobolo wood to make my handle:
On Saturday January 15th, Ray Mears will be appearing at the London Outdoors Show at the ExCel Centre, where he will be giving two talks, each followed by a private book signing session.
Alongside a lineup of outdoors experts, adventurers and celebrities - including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ben Fogle and Simon King - Ray will be appearing as part of this years ‘Outdoor Heroes Theatre’. These exclusive theatre sessions will be hosted in the ExCeL’s platinum suite, a fully self-contained and separate auditorium.
Ray will be giving an hour-long talk, followed by a Q&A session and the aforementioned book signing, at 11 AM and 3 PM this Saturday. For more information or to book your ticket, please visit the following link:
We’re often asked by customers about the Tarp Taut Hitch and other quick-release knots that Ray Mears and the Woodlore team use when pitching our tarps/hootchies; hopefully this post will help.
The knots which Ray uses to pitch his tarp are demonstrated in the following video clip:
The pitching of tarps using these knots is taught on a number of our Bushcraft Courses, including:
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