What’s it about?
We’ve designed this Nordic crafts weekend with Kaos Blacksmiths to give a sound introduction to anyone interested in working with metal and green wood, all based in a stunning outdoor setting at our ancient woodland camp in Kent.
We don’t believe that you can learn both of these fantastic skills in a single course anywhere else.
What will I do?
We’ve combined two traditional craft skills for this unique weekend – metal working and greenwood working. You will be shown, and given the opportunity, to make a Viking style knife and carve a Swedish spoon from greenwood.
Day 1 will be spent learning the ancient art of the blacksmith:
We will show you how to use an iron age pit forge, where you will make your very own Viking knife.
You’ll be shown, and given time, to make a sheath for your knife.
Day 2 will involve carving with axes and knives:
We’ll teach you a variety of Swedish axe and knife carving techniques.
You will also learn to identify which strokes are best suited to different kinds of cuts.
- You’ll then make your own Swedish style spoon from greenwood.
There might even be some Scandinavian dishes on the menu. A lot packed into this Nordic themed craft weekend, but if there is any spare time we’ll throw in some bushcraft as well!
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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I spent last weekend at the Nordic Crafts Experience and I have to say it was a very enjoyable, worthwhile and educational way to spend 48hrs. We spent Friday evening setting up, having an orientation and got to know each other over dinner (it was a small group of 4 plus Gary and Nicola). On Saturday local blacksmith Ross created a forge in the ground. We spent the morning forging a neck knife, Ross Is a great teacher and really knows his stuff! If u haven't tried forging then this is a great introduction. We did some leatherwork in the afternoon, making a sheath for the knife. Saturday evening before dinner, Gary took us round the woods for a walk identifying the trees and plants, talking abt their characteristics and properties etc, it was very interesting. Gary knows an awful lot of stuff and is very happy to share what he knows! The spoon carving on Sunday was led by Gary, again like Ross he is a very good teacher, they are both patient and humourous. The meals were ample - great food, we didn't go hungry .The whole weekend had a relaxed atmosphere, Nicola and Gary have created a wonderful and valuable experience, I thought it was excellent value for money! Highly recommend it and I shall make the opportunity to spend another weekend up there as soon as I am able.
I love the courses run by Jack Raven Bushcraft, they are always fun, educational, interesting and life enhancing.
It was fascinating forging our own knives, its easy to learn but hard to master. Ross from Kaos Blacksmiths is entertaining while being very helpful to us novices.
Food as ever is delicious. I'm looking forward to my next course with Jack Raven Bushcraft.
As always a warm welcome and delicious food. The instruction is first class and you will feel you have achieved something.
Book once and you'll be booking to go back again !!
We had a wonderful time, camping in the woods turned out to be warm and cozy! The sunrise and sunset were beautiful through the trees.
Nicola prepared some wonderful food for us, so breakfast, lunch and dinner, all delicious and plentiful, within the nordic theme and everyone enjoyed eating and talking together. The constant kettle over the fire ensured tea and coffee at any pausing point, with the odd biscuit for refuelling during the hammering and chopping!
We learnt so many skills that we can now use these to continue making at home. The knife forging was terrific, using the charcoal to heat the steel and manipulate it reasonably easily, with expert tuition.
The axe skills were amazing. It is truly astonishing how detailed the axe work can be! With the right techniques the axe and then carving knife can shape the wood with accuracy.
Fantastic educational weekend with a great company.