Archive for July, 2011
Production of our Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife, as made by the esteemed British knife-maker Stephen Wade Cox, will soon be coming to an end in its current form. Our limited supply of Iroko - the African hardwood salvaged from a demolished church to create our handles - has slowly but surely diminished with each batch of knives.
At the time of writing, our penultimate batch of knives has just been made available on our website, and can be seen and ordered here: The Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife
Following on from this, the very last batch of Iroko-handled knives will be made available this September.
However, this departure does not mark the end of our collaborations with Stephen Wade Cox; a new version of the Ray Mears Bushcraft Knife is currently in the works, and further news of this model will be released later this year.
Bart Leenders, a fellow Woodlorean from the Netherlands who can frequently be found attending our Bushcraft courses, got in touch with us recently to let us know that his newfound knowledge has been put to good use for his friends in Belgium:
Recently we organised a father and son weekend at a campsite in the Belguim Ardennes. The sons were between 5 and 9 years of age and the group counted 19 in total. The owner of the campsite took care of food and beverages, I acted as the instructor and the first aid post was at the reception.
On day one we started by handing out a red bandanna to the kids and inspected the gear the fathers had brought. Then we went for a walk over the campsite and taught them things to know about some trees and plants. Meanwhile, we collected pine needles for tea, birch bark and resin for tinder, faggots for kindling, hazel sticks for walking and preparing lunch. We tasted buttercup, stingy nettle sweets and birch leaves. We collected and filtered water using a gipsy well and the bandannas.
The following post was kindly sent in by Woodlore customer Declan Haworth, who purchased the Hand-Forged Knife Blade:
I just wanted to send you a picture of my knife, as it’s the first knife handle I’ve ever made. I’m really happy with the knife and how it turned out:
I used curly birch, reindeer antler, bull antler and leather spacers.
We are pleased to announce that, as of this September, attendees of our Canoeing in the Ardeche expeditions will be given the chance to earn their BCU Star Awards during their course. These Paddlesport Performance Awards will help you gain the control and experience necessary for you to embark on your own wilderness canoeing expeditions, making them an excellent addition to our current course syllabus.
If you’d like to gain these qualifications, surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Ardeche Gorge this September, please book one of the few remaining places available here. (more…)
For the dedicated Woodloreans out there who have been following our blog since its inception last year, you may remember that last summer we asked all of you for your thoughts on how we could improve our blog.
One of the ideas put forward was for an ‘Ask a Woodlore Instructor’ post, whereby we would take questions submitted by you and put them to one of our instructors. Well, it may have taken us a year to get round to it, but here we are!
During his career at Woodlore, Dan has led our Fundamental Bushcraft, Woodsense and Traditional Living Skills courses, as well as assisting on our Arctic Experience expeditions. Later this year, he will be leading our Wilderness Navigation and Journeyman courses for the very first time.
If you’d like to get involved, all you need to do is post your question as a comment below (we’ll keep all of the comments hidden before picking the best ones to put forward to Dan).
The person who submits the best question, as chosen by Dan himself, will win a £10.00 Woodlore Voucher.
This has the makings of a really interesting article, so we’re excited (and maybe a little worried) to see what sort of questions we get!
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