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Bespoke Bushcraft and primitive skills workshops.

Learn the skills you need to live in nature with or without modern kit!

Living By Nature

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Living By nature is one Europes TOP Bushcraft and ancient technology schools operating in the Netherlands, belgium, Dennmark and Sweden.

I'm pleased to announce that the renowned  YEAR COURSE is coming to the UK with Adam logan, Jamie Dakota and myself as instructors! If you want to really immerse yourself in Buscraft and learn how to be in nature without relying on modern kit, then  head over to HOWL Bushcraft and check out all this amazing course has to offer!

The course is run at various sites across the UK. it includes 10  weekends of teaching and an additional craft weekend.

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Spring  Foraging  13th April 2024

  • Small groups or 1 to 1
  • Usually held at various sites in Suffolk, but I can come to you!
  • We will look at a range of plants depending on what we find but  it is likely to include a mixture of food, medicine, and other uses.
  • Pleasant low intensity day
  • 1 Day


We are taught in western terms that there are 'good plants' and 'Weeds' but to out ancestors this way of looking at nature would have been crazy!

Sitting anonymously in our hedgerows, woods and even lawns are powerful medicines, deadly poisons, delicious edibles and the raw materials for fire, basketry, carving projects, string even fishing hooks! Learning about plants is the key to unlocking a passion for nature and the potential for a closer relationship with it. You'll realise just how much is on your doorstep- even in urban settings. Courses are usually conducted from various sites in Suffolk, but I can also come to you and show you what is waiting in your area! 

This workshop will involve a fair bit of slow paced walking, so wear appropriate footwear. We will walk and gather, aiming to collect materials for a meal and some tea. We will stop for a lunch of wild goodies before continuing on our way.     Suffolk, UK 

Learn to see the landscape through the eyes of a gatherer

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Cordage and netmaking 6-7th July 2024

  • Small groups or 1 to 1
  • From the basic cordage techniques to quicker more refined methods
  • Finding, gathering and processing natural fibres into string and rope
  • Learn techniques to deal with a variety of fibres from stems, barks, roots etc.
  • Intro to net making
  • 2 Days
The fabric of Prehistoric life

The ability to Tie things together changed history and prodded early humans further along the road of evolution. It freed up the hands to do other tasks even while carrying other things, made traps, nets and bundles possible and made it easier to hang things up to dry and store. Although its hard to be sure, Archaeologists generally accept that cordage of some sort has been with us for a million years or so- certainly Neanderthals were well versed in its manufacture as a tiny fragment recently recovered from cave sediment shows.

We will look at gathering and processing some seasonal natural fibres before moving on to the basics of cordage making. Once you've got the hang of basic 'finger twisting' we can go on to speedier techniques such as leg rolling which are really Key to creating larger quantities of cordage.

Netting is a fantastically useful, versatile material. It can be used to catch birds, game and of course fish; it can be used to bundle and carry loads, make traps, and even beds ( hammocks) Getting a new net started can be a bit tricky, but it is a very satisfying, meditative( almost addictive! ) process. The course will be conducted in woods in Suffolk Uk. you are welcome to camp in the woods. please bring your own provisions and season appropriate sleeping gear. ( tea, coffee and fruit provided)
 

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Intro to Flint & glass knapping; 8 june 2024

  • Small groups or 1 to 1
  • Understanding the structure and properties of flint​​​
  • Pressure flaking and direct percussion.
  • 1 Day

Prehistoric life was lived to the sound of stone cleaving stone. It was so much a part of life that presence of flint was often a key factor in whether a place was 'habitable' or not.

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y it helps to understand why flint behaves the way it does. We will start with smaller pieces- getting to grips with the techniques of shaping flint by producing arrowheads. In the afternoon we will move onto larger nodules learning to break them down into flakes suitable for hand axes and other tools. Knapping is not an easy skill to learn, and you will need more than a day to become proficient, but this workshop will set you off in the right direction!

 

This course will be conducted from woods in Suffolk UK. tea and coffee will be provided. please bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing. wear closed toe shoes and tough full length trousers. All other PPE will be provided.
 

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Fur Tanning

  • Small groups or 1 to 1
  • Selecting and obtaining pelts, including skinning small animals
  • Storing and preserving
  • Modern and ancient tools for Fleshing and scraping.
  • Wet and dry scraping.
  • Different approaches to fat tanning
  • Softening and smoking
  • 2 Days
Fur Tanning


Ever driven past a fresh roadkill and thought 'that's a shame' Ever been processing animals for food and wished you knew how to use the skin?

 

Well this workshop is for you. We will work on a couple of skins- usually squirrel and fox but if you want to bring your own you're welcome. We'll begin with the skinning process itself, before dealing with the skins. By the end of the weekend you will know how to skin an animal, wet and dry scrape smaller skins, make flint scrapers, tan, soften and smoke to produce beautiful soft furs that can be turned into clothing, blankets and other items. Workshop will be held outdoors, in the natural surroundings of a Suffolk woodland.

Fur is a controversial subject nowadays, but in extreme cold there really is nothing better. Without it our ancestors would never have been able to move north and find their way into Northern Europe and Eurasia. 

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Bone and Antler

  • Small groups or 1 to 1
  • sourcing and preparing bone
  • Knapping drills and burins
  • Shaping and drilling with stone tools (and modern)
  • Choosing the right bone for the job!
  • 1 Day
Much more than 'leftovers'

Bone and antler were hugely important materials to our ancestors. Not only were they used to shape flint into tools, they were essential to many tools and implements in their own right.

 

Understanding and appreciating this incredibly strong and versatile material will give you a new way to honor animals you process for food, and make the most of all those lovely bones that present themselves to you when you're out in nature.

We will begin with an overview of different types and states of bone- What is best for a particular project- fresh, cooked, weathered?
 Which part of the animal lends itself to a particular project?

 

 You will learn how to process bones and antlers down into usable sections using flint tools, modern tools and even fire! We will then go on to process the blanks into whatever objects take your fancy- awls, needles, fish hooks, hide processing tools, weapons hairpins, cloakpins and whatever else takes your fancy.
 

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Large game preparation 23-24 November 2024

  • Small groups or 1 to 1
  • sourcing and preparing deer
  • Using and producing flint flakes for butchery
  • Skinning, gutting and jointing
  • Making sausages, jerky, equilibrium curing
  • Checking the animals health.
  • making use of organs, bones etc.
  • 2 Days
The stuff of life; Meat


Small animals are an important part of survival, but without the skins, organs, fat and sinew of Deer, boar and other large animals our ancestors would have struggled.

 

Butchering nowadays is often done soley for the meat. Valuable resources are ignored and left in the scraps pile. We will take a different approach, becoming familiar with the structure of the animal in a different way, dismantling the carcass in a way that allows us to use EVERYTHING. This course will take place over 2 days. On day one will will process the carcass down to larger joints and cuts, carefully separating useful bones and tendons on the way.

On day 2 we will look at making sausages, jerky and curing meat.

The course will take place outdoors, but under cover. please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and bring an Apron! Bring a cool box to transport your meat home and make sure there's space in the freezer!

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