2017 has seen the launch of a range of day long craft and skills courses in our woodland venues. For those of you who have fancied the idea of trying your hand at kuksa carving follow this link to see what our day of carving this traditional drinking cup entails. So what is a kuksa?
References to drying meat to preserve it can traced back to ancient Egypt but undoubtedly goes back much, much earlier than that. These days there are two forms of dried meat that are readily available; Biltong which comes from South Africa and the American Jerky.
The origins of the ever popular campfire coffee has its roots right back in the early harvesting of wild beans and then cultivation in Ethiopia from where it spread across the middle east. By the 15th and 16th century there were numerous coffee houses across the region with the drink even being in
In May 2017 we will be launching The Primitive Skills Year a course designed and delivered to instil students with the practical know-how of utilising natural materials in a woodland environment for their comfort throughout 10 modules spread over an 18 month period. This course was originally desig
As the nights draw in it becomes increasingly relevant to think about suitable light sources and their effectiveness in different situations in and around camp and out on the trail. Ideally we want camp set up before it gets dark as it is obviously easier to locate a safe and comfortable area to sta
Keeping it all ship shape In this series of blogs we have looked at how we can transform our cast iron cookware from something that looks fit only for the scrapyard into something we could happily cook on, to seasoning it and the benefits of doing so. In this third and final blog we will be lookin
It’s the season In my last blog we had a look at how we might rescue a neglected and rusty piece of cast iron cookware in the form of a paella pan. This time we will look how we can take that another step further and season it. Seasoning your cast iron cookware need not be complicated [&hell
Man has been dividing up land and creating barriers and pens for livestock for thousands of years. The types and styles of barriers used wide and varied, depending on the materials to hand at the time and the ingenuity in which they can be used. Hazel, willow and Ash Hurdle
Each autumn we run a 9 day guided canoe trip into the Swedish wilderness area of Malingsbo Kloten. It is a truly stunning location and one that will provide ample opportunities to pit your skills and know how against the turning seasonal weather.
A happy man with some water. Time for that brew! In the previous blog we discussed a variety of ways that we can lose moisture from our bodies and subsequently become dehydrated in cold climes. Today I intend to discuss overcoming these issues and securing for ourselves an adequate supply of water a