I've just come back from a great weekend away camping up in a wood in staffordshire learning how to use axes. It was snowing when we got there but that only added to the fun!
We also made charcoal over the weekend and you can read about that here.
|A very snowy tent|
|First lesson - learning not to embed the axe in your leg - an important lesson!|
|Splitting wood safely|
|Chopping down some small trees that needed to be removed|
|Learning to tie faggots using a woodmans clamp|
|Base camp for the weekend|
|Jonny showing a method of sharpening an axe|
|A extra safe and precise way of splitting wood - good for blanks for tent pegs|
|Some rough tent pegs|
|Dan making a mallet|
|Some spoon carving lessons|
|A rough shaped mallet|
|The group stood with our measured "cord" of wood|
It was a great weekend, I learnt some new skills and practised old one. I also got to spend quality time with my brother doing what we both love.
This was our second axe course (find a link to our first one here) run by different firms and they were for completely different things so it would be unfair to compare the two. This one was from a bush craft point of view where the other was more to practise the traditional skills of the men that used to fell trees with axes for a living.
This was our third course with Survival school and we weren't disappointed. It was nice to be outside and dedicate yourself to learning bush craft skills for the weekend with no other distractions. Going back to basics is great fun and although some of the things you can make straight off the axe are a little rough round the edges its a great skill to develop and learn and one I hope I'll be using more in the future (even if it's just to split fire wood) and I'll use the knowledge I've picked up to help me. The instructor were great making the whole weekend fun as well as some good company from the other students. I love weekends like this!