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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Simple knife control challenge

Knife control is incredibly important, a knifes primary function is to cut not chop. Simple small controlled movements are necessary for good knife handling and this is a fun technique we do with kids when showing them how to handle and use a knife properly.. give them an apple and ask them to peel it with their knife and the person with the longest peel is the winner..
Give it a try!



See if you can beat this one at 33 inches!!!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New woodlore clone knife

I recently bought a new woodlore clone blade blank because, well, er, I convinced myself that I needed it..



The said blank taped up and ready



And with it's new clothes of tan linen micarta



And next to my usual well used user..

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Early purple orchid

Ever see something that stops you in your tracks and takes your breath away..early purple orchids do that to me and they are out in force at the moment.. how can you see such beauty and not wonder about the mysteries of nature.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Shanes Castle 2017

We were very fortunate to be asked to attend this year's game fair at Shanes Castle, apparently after considering a number of other bushcraft schools we were the ones that came most highly recommended so we thank everyone concerned for that.


So we had to get there the day before to get set up and this gave us the excuse to bring out the big tent, it's 30x20 feet and 14 feet tall..this thing is a beast and only gets used when we have large events or really big groups. We also had Tipi's, Icelandics and Bell tents set up in the woodland behind


After we got everything organised we had a well earned rest and got ready for a busy weekend.


Lots of items out for display and to encourage conversation, and boy was there lots of it !I think some of the folks we met on the Saturday enjoyed it so much that they came back on the sunday and spent 3 or 4 hours talking to us!!


We had a really busy few days with 30,000 people through the gates so we were kept on our toes the whole time


It was tricky to get pictures as we were constantly talking or demonstrating but nonetheless we did get a few


We made loads of new contacts and set ourselves up for an interesting year ahead, we are going to be so busy!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Another day at the forge.

We managed to get the rest of the guys their chance at the forge last weekend. They'd all been looking forward to this for a while and this time it was decided to make Viking knives.



The weather was so good this time that we brought the anvils and forges outside



Didn't take long for everyone to get there forging heads on and start to focus on the steel.



There was great craic as everyone worked diligently and encouraged the friendly rivalry that was going on



Didn't take long for the knives to take shape



And after a couple of hours there were some great finished pieces on show





Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hummingbird hawk moth

Thought I saw a hummingbird fly past me the other day it was an incredible sight, though on closer examination it turned out to be some hummingbird hawk moths.



Very exciting to see and a wonderful wild surprise.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Willow bark baskets

As you've seen from a previous post I stripped some willow to use the bark and the wood.
The bark was too nice to take down into cordage so I thought I'd make a couple of small berry collecting baskets from it.


So bark was stripped all in one piece


An elipse scored in the bark to allow it to bend


Started making cordage from lime bark to tie it all together


But realised I didn't have enough so had to resort to shop bought jute instead


All tied together


And ready for berry picking season.