The mature tree canopy kept off the worst of the rain but drops congregated on leaves and intermittent cascades of water encouraged us to pitch the tent as quickly as possible.
This was certainly a big change from the glorious sunshine we had experienced over the previous four days at the Bushcraft Show. Still this was a more realistic environment in which to learn the kind of Bushcraft applicable to the UK.
The Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL) was putting on this IOL Bushcraft and Survival Skills Special Interest Group workshop and as always they had brought together experts in their field (or woodland) to pass on some of their knowledge.
As a member of the Special Interest Group (SIG) I get to attend these events for free or at a greatly reduced rate. Becci attended because she was interested and paid the full rate herself – she still thought it was good value.
The two days were packed with workshops and we had to dash between them and still couldn’t attend everything.
The evening before the workshops started we erected a huge tarp to keep us relatively dry.
There was a mixed group of people with over half being Forest School people and the rest of us being Bushcraft instructors, consequently some of the workshops were designed to appeal to children – making whistles and flowers etc. In other workshops we made pump drills and bows and arrows. We went tracking and found wild food, some people worked with a pole lathe and built various types of fire rigs.
Becci made by far the best bow and earned a place on the IOL website.
It was a great couple of days.