Who’s it for?
The axe is one of the most important and useful tools used in bushcraft and mastering its use is a high priority. They have been used for thousands of years to fell trees and shape, split and cut wood.
This 2 day axe workshop has been put together for anyone who wants to become competent in the use of an axe, whether that be honing existing skills or learning new ones.
What will I do?
During this 2 day bushcraft axe workshop you will:
- Axe safety and maintenance,
- Learn how to recognise different types of axes, their design features and what to use them for,
- Start gently with your axe and make some splitting wedges,
- Use your axe make a woodland mallet,
- Learn a number of safe techniques to split wood for firewood, down to fine kindling,
- Understand the hazards involved with felling trees and the implications to wildlife,
- Fell a tree, including safety distances, direction of fall, roping off, planning escape routes,
- Safely deal with a hung tree,
- Sned, cross cut and cleft logs,
- Use some of the greenwood harvested to make a spatula and charcoal burner’s stool,
- Make feather sticks with your axe,
- Sharpen your axe.
If you’ve been on any of our other courses you’ll know we place a big emphasis on natural history, and this course is no different. We’ll go for a walk to identify some of the 20+ native species of tree we have in our ancient woodland camp; we’ll also look at the properties of those trees in terms of what we can use them for.
Note: You will need to bring your own axe to this course; we recommend the Gransfors Brucks Small Forest Axe. We also have a few other axes that you can try out whilst you’re here.
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You can see our complete course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 2 days
Start: 6pm Friday
End: 4pm Sunday
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: Fully catered
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4.
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Didn't know what to expect but this was excellent. Learned a lot about felling trees safely, different chopping techniques and carving. Really friendly mixed bunch on the course, and Gary, Nicola and Bob were really relaxed and welcoming. Food lovely and they kept us warm and dry during torrential downpour. Recommended.
Excellent course. Gary and the team were relaxed and extremely knowledgeable. Who knew there was so much one can do with an axe? The camp was great, the food delicious, and the woods beautiful. Would highly recommend.
Just got back from the axe course weekend and cannot recommend it highly enough. I hadn't been on any of the Jack Raven courses before but the campsite was well appointed in stunning woodland, and the food throughout was delicious. I learnt lots from the very knowledgeable instructors and really enjoyed getting stuck into some felling, chopping and crafting. The course has definitely given me more confidence to do so safely myself.
Having been informed by my wife that I must be mad to spend Halloween in a dark wood in the company of men and women with sharp axes, I bravely set off on my weekend axe course. Unsuprisingly both instructors and participants were (relatively) sane and the only blood that was shed was when I managed to get a splinter in my finger. Having made little use of the axe in the past it was great to find out how versatile a tool it can be. For anyone interested in bushcraft it is essential to learn to use the axe correctly. This course does so and I cant recommend it enough.
Many thanks to Gary and Nicola for the excellent tuition and excellent food and many thanks to Willow for the early morning walks. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.
The axe workshop was great yet again another fantastic run course by jack raven bushcraft. I've learned lots of new skills and got great food again I can't wait do another course with Gary and Nicola and willow thanks again.