Axe Day Workshop - Skills & Best Practices
This day workshop is a must if you are new to using an axe but it is also a great day to get you out of some bad or unsafe habits you may have inadvertently picked up when using an axe. Believe me I have seen some of the most experienced outdoorsman/women in the World using very poor practices and it always, eventually, ends in tears.......literally.
This especially focuses on safety and techniques using an Axe both with and without a chopping block (for example when camping), so that you avoid chopping halfway through your thumb, or more commonly embedding the axe in your lower leg! It is an invaluable day teaching you all sorts of techniques covering everything from processing a range of sizes of wood for the fire from small sticks to large logs, as well as felling, limbing and sectioning a small tree safely. You will then learn some axe carving techniques using the green wood you have harvested which will leave you with a lasting memento from your day and you will come away feeling much more confident using what can be a very dangerous tool in unskilled hands.
There will be a variety of axes for you to use for the different tasks throughout the day, but of course you are welcome to bring your own. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to
All of our courses are run by our highly qualified and experienced lead instructor Graham who, like all good teachers, remains a student for life. He holds various independent qualifications and skills including - NCFE Level 4 Bushcraft Leader, NCFE Level 4 Practical Ethnobotany, Cybertracker Track and Sign Level 2, Cybertracker Wildlife Trailing Level 2, GB Archery Qualified Archery Instructor, Institute of Outdoor Learning Member, and writes articles for magazines. He is a full time Bushcraft Instructor working with both adults and children all year round.
A chopping good job
The satisfaction of learning these skills is unbelievable. I couldn't stop smiling and wanting to just keep going.
The techniques the instructor (Graham Couling) thought me were exactly what I was looking for and to be able to use an axe properly and safely. I'm sure there are many more techniques to be learnt but this course is the perfect place to start with. Thank you so much for teaching me.