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 on a Nordic Crafts weekend?
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 crafts 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: We’ll provide tea & coffee, breakfast and dinner but you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
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 attended the Nordic craft weekend in August this year (2020) We were met by Gary Nicola and last but not least Willow upon arrival in the carpark .
The walk up to the camp was pleasant and kinda set the tone for the whole weekend. Once we got there Gary was waiting with the luggage and he was strangely not out of breath at all having driven all the way up to the wood.
We were shown where to camp and left to it ...then came dinner which was freshly made soup and it was amazing. The camp initiation was just right including how to use the loo. Then a blissful night listening to the nightlife.
Morning brought brekkie and on both mornings it was delicious and more than adequate
First day was forging a neck knife...what an amazing experience so informative and a good laugh and I actually enjoyed the heat and the fire fairies.
Dinner was Swedish meatballs with mash apple and beetroot salad and the best gravy. Gary you are a lucky man if Nicola cooks like this at home.
We had a nice but far to short wander in the woods with Gary and he was incredibly informative and I learned a lot in a short time. To cut a long story short ....I could go on and on about how great it was to spend time with Jack Raven Bushcraft but I won't and I will conclude by saying a few more words ......TRY IT YOURSELF you won't regret it.
I have been "bushcrafting" with Gary, Nichola and Ross at least once a year for the past 8 years, - and I live in Dorset! Gary is a brilliant and knowedgeable instructor, Nichola is great cook and herbalist and Ross is an awesome blacksmith and all are now friends. This Nordic Weekend is great fun and we each ended up with a wooden spoon, a handmade knife and a leather sheath for it.
The course was full with 8 students, Vicky, Toby, Alister, Red, Tony, Mark, Paul and me which makes for a relaxed but productive course. I am really looking forward to my next one.
Fantastic weekend on the Nordic Crafts Course. Great food, great company & a fantastic team delivering the course. Thoroughly recommended. Thank you Gary, Nicola, Ross and Willow, see you again !
The woodland setting of this bushcraft business is the best I have seen.
The facilities available are fantastic, but building a first rate site dosent make a great bushcraft cource, what makes it are knowledgable first class instructors,
Fantastic catering with the emphasis on foraged Goodies from the woods (thanks nicola ) and a caring helpful, educational environment.
You even get the chance to stock up on hand made herbal cosmetics and bushcraft products. I can’t wait to book my next adventure, Jack raven bushcraft is a rare thing, a small, intricate business, run impeccably By a dedicated couple. without doubt, my one stop shop for all my woodland skills from now on.
I’ll see you guys again soon!
What an excellent way to spend a weekend!
I have had a thoroughly enjoyable time, great food, tuition and company. I loved making the beautiful knife and pouch by hand, what an experience. During a short walk through the woods I learnt a load about plants I would have happily walked by and seen many times before. Today's wood carving class has just given me the thirst to do more. I left feeling happy, recharged and grateful to have had such an experience, alongside my knife and spoon.
This is a great present / gift for anyone.
I hope to be back for more very soon.