Spoon Carving by Adrian Watkins

I thought I’d try my hand at making a spoon, but being welsh and Christmas coming along I thought I’d try carving a love spoon, which is an ancient welsh tradition. I wanted the design to be simple as I wanted to keep mainly to…

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What Should I carry on a bushcraft /wild camp trip?

This is a question I’ve been asked a few times recently and what I would say to that is, it depends! The reason for that is, it would depend on several factors such as length of stay, climate, and the environment you would be staying…

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Lighting a fire in the wild

There have been several occasions over the past year where I have witnessed poor fire lighting skills. I have noticed this whilst teaching a wide range of people from scouts to those who are experienced in the outdoors. When I am instructing or running a…

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Our first weekend at Gulley Wood, Devon

Survival, Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills Weekend Course. Last weekend, 28th to the 30th September, Serious Outdoor Skills ran its first Survival, Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills Weekend Course. We had 7 guys mainly from the Plymouth area turn up and what great weather we had. From…

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Survival and Bushcraft day for Plymouth’s Scouts

Today we ran a survival and bushcraft day for 23 of Plymouth’s scouts from various troops. The day began at 9.30 with three different activities on a rotation system. The three activities were; building signal fires, knife safety with cutting and carving work and shelter…

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King Alfred Cakes, Coal Fungus,Cramp Balls

I thought I’d put an entry on the blog about my personal favourite and one of the best natural tinder’s around in my opinion, DALDINIA CONCENTRICA. The common names are King Alfred’s cakes, Coal fungus and Cramp balls,they can be found growing on dead or…

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Preparing our site at Gulley Wood

The team have been preparing our site at Gulley wood in Devon over the last few days and we are almost complete. There is less than two weeks to go before our first group arrives for our Survival Bushcraft and Wilderness skills weekend course.Lets hope…

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