A fabulous weekend of hide tanning - learning about the chemistry, understanding the process and getting stuck into the practical. Thoughout the weekend, we transformed a few roe deer skins into beautifully soft buckskin - thank you Theresa Kamper and Dave Budd for an inspiring course and...
Hooked by George's recent blog - I'll be there from the 4th and am looking forward to meeting folks, learning and teaching - I'm signed up for the Bhutanese Bow making and Coastal Hunter Gatherer. Thanks George
There won't be any 'car' campers or the like, everyone will have to carry their gear in, but that won't be more than a 20 minute hike - firewood will be there as will green for crafts at no extra charge.
Thank you for sharing your experience at bison farm. Just being a day visitor to the gathering, I've not seen this side of things, though a few folks do seem overly tooled up! Such a shame when a few spoil it for the majority - I guess peer pressure doesn't do it for the axe wielding maniacs!
Thank you for your first hand experience Ivan.
Hosting meets in the woods and being there with everyone sounds like a good option for consideration, may provide a route to recognising peoples level of Bushcraft knowledge and skills and a good way to gain experience.
Do you have a link to...
Thanks for your thoughts - good bushcraft folk wouldn't use masses of wood to keep a fire going all day (see "2. Would need to demostrate their commitment to minimal impact on environment and good Bushcraft" in initial post).
Everyone wanting to use the Bushcraft area would need to meet with us...
As soon as I can announce details I'll post here, but for the moment I've been asked to keep location under wraps - sorry :(
Thank you all for your interest, comments and support - all very much appreciated.
Thanks Stuart, by all means get in touch should you be down in Buckinghamshire - I enjoyed a weekend at Spring Wood in Derbyshire in the summer! That better question will be next, though would like to do a poll - not sure that is possible in this forum.
A very reasonable approach and is in a round about way how we got to £10 - opening up access, admin, checking the site, a little cleaning up, additional woodland management and then taking a longer term view and pushing the price down!
No facilities are planned as yet, just a lovely wood to enjoy, build shelters, carve spoons and have a campfire using the wood that would be made available from woodland management. Possibility of having a stand pipe for fresh water not to far away - clearly this be useful. Any other essentials?