Courses, Workshops and Wild Camping For Spring – Summer 2014

Phew! It’s been a busy Winter working in the woods, but that is being replaced by the first touches of new growth. Buds are starting to get bigger, and I have been watching new nettle growth, lesser celandine and 3-cornered leek starting to grow and provide much needed wild food. One of the highlights has been helping and advising Jason Heppenstall with the first cut of his Sweet Chestnut coppice ( have a look at talesfromfoxwood.blogspot.co.uk/

Courses & Workshops – I have also been busy at the diary planning courses in bushcraft, green woodwork and traditional archery for the Spring and Summer through my company “Future Tracks” (www.futuretracks.co.uk). I will be sending out an e-newsletter every 4-6 months updating people about courses and workshops so if you would like to subscribe please click here.

The course dates and details are listed below for those who just want to have a quick look.

Wild Camping – We base all the courses at Plan-It Earth Eco Project (in Sancreed, West Cornwall where we are also offering Wild Camping from Easter – September. The site is a young woodland with wood fired shower, compost loo’s and the ability to have a campfire on the ground for cooking. We only have 12 pitches, each in its own secluded area. So if you fancy a quiet, relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings (with the best beaches in the UK 15mins away!) and wanted to brush up on a few woodland skills as well then get in touch. Send me an email gregh@futuretracks.co.uk.
I hope to see you as the weather gets warmer,

Greg

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Bushcraft Courses Spring – Summer 2014

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These 1-day courses are designed for those wishing to spend more time enjoying and living with nature, and are based in our woodland / coppice in Sancreed, West Penwith. From basic bushcraft and survival to deeper and more advanced skills these courses offer a wealth of knowledge from a woodsman who uses them regularly in his work.

Bushcraft Basics – (Age 9+, all children to be accompanied by an adult) Designed for those wishing to camp in the wild with minimum kit, the day covers the four basics of bushcraft; Shelter, Food, Fire and Water. The morning is spent practically exploring the basics of shelter and wild food for lunch (plants and meat with veggie options available); the afternoon we obtain clean water through filtering and treating and safely make fire in different ways.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day / £40.00 adult (£25.00 child) 1/2 day

Course Dates: March 9th + 23rd + 29th/ April 13th + 20th + 27th / May 11th / June 1st + 15th / July 6th + 13th + 20th + 27th / August 3rd + 10th + 17th + 24th + 26th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

Throw It and Shoot it! Bushcraft Projectiles – (Age 9+, all children to be accompanied by an adult) Come along in the morning to learn how to make atlatl spear throwers and slings (or catapults); and then in the afternoon we make greenstick bows and arrows. All tested on our target range in the wood!.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day / £40.00 adult (£25.00 child) 1/2 day

Course Dates: March 22nd / April 9th + 16th / July 2nd + 9th + 16th + 23rd + 30th / August 6th + 13th + 20th + 27th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

Bushcraft Camping Kitchen – (Age 9+, all children to be accompanied by an adult) Designed for those wishing to make their wild camping more comfortable. In the morning we make greenwood camping stools and prep some wild food for lunch. In the afternoon we fire your own clay pots in a fire pit whilst making a cup using embers and simple tools.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day / £40.00 adult (£25.00 child) 1/2 day

Course Dates: April 10th + 17th / July 3rd + 10th + 17th + 24th + 31st / August 7th + 14th + 21st + 28th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

Advanced Fire Making – (Age 12+, all children to be accompanied by an adult) A day-long intensive course for those wishing to improve their fire making skills. Starting with the basics we learn how to make fire using modern methods and tinders (matches, lighter, firesteel using cotton, char cloth, paper); then progress to wet weather firelighting and using a bow drill with natural tinders. Various fire lays will be discussed and used throughout the day.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day

Course Dates: March 30th / April 22nd / July 8th

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

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Green Woodwork Courses Spring – Summer 2014

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These courses are offered from our outdoor workshop in the woods for those wishing to learn how to get the most from wood and woodland in a peaceful, relaxed environment. Each course takes you on a journey from selection of wood to finished product with Greg Humphries, a seasoned woodsman and coppicer, as your guide. Attendee numbers are kept small to assure lots of 1-2-1 attention and are based in Sancreed, West Penwith.

 

Charcoal Making – (Age 16+). Come along to the woods for a day to prepare BBQ, and artists charcoal, with a seasoned woodsman and commercial charcoal producer. Produced with mobile charcoal kilns, and using everyday materials charcoal production is a good source of income for small woodland owners. Take away your own artists charcoal. Materials, tools and drinks included.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day

Course Dates: March 26th / April 2nd + 30th / May 28th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

 

Greenwood Furniture Making – (Age 12+, all children to be accompanied by an adult). Come to the woods for a day to make some unique furniture. Learn wood selection, material properties and identification; then use an axe, shavehorse and drawknife to shape your wood. After lunch learn the basics of a pole-lathe and use a rounding plane, drill and bit to create your individual pieces. Materials, tools and drinks included.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day

Course Dates: March 20th / April 6th + 24th / May 1st + 14th + 20th + 29th / June 3rd + 10th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

 

Making Walking Sticks – (Age 9+, all children to be accompanied by an adult). Come for a relaxing afternoon in the woods to learn how to make your own beautiful walking sticks. From knife safety, tree selection and cutting the stick; to hand carving techniques and fitting ferrules / handles. Materials and tools included.

 

Cost £40.00 adult (£25.00 child) 1/2 day

Course Dates: April 28th / May 7th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

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Traditional Archery Courses Spring-Summer 2014

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These courses are offered for beginners and experienced archers alike from our woodland outdoor workshop in Sancreed, West Penwith, Cornwall in a peaceful, relaxed environment. Attendee numbers are kept small to assure lots of 1-2-1 attention.

 

Traditional Bowmaking: (Age 12+, all children to be accompanied by an adult). This popular 2-day course should have you shooting and taking home a working bow if you work hard. More advanced than a “Greenstick Bowmaking” course, Greg takes you through wood selection and the principles of bow design (including tillering) to a finished bow & bow string, which you can shoot on our woodland target range. Through the 2-days there are plenty of opportunities to discuss aspects of your archery interests, with plenty of tea and coffee provided! Materials, tools drinks and a light lunch both days are provided.

Cost £150.00 per person (2 x days).

Course Dates: May 17th and 18th / June 28th and 29th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

 

Traditional Arrows and Fletching: (Age 12+, all children to be accompanied by an adult). You’ve made your bow now come to learn how to make self-nocked traditional arrows! Using traditional materials the day takes you through the whole process of arrow construction from tree to finished arrow. We explore wood selection and shaft making using tools and jigs, spine testing, cutting nocks, nock inserts, glues from skin and bone, cutting feathers, fitting feathers to shaft and binding them with thread. Materials, tools and drinks are provided.

Cost £75.00 adult (£50 child) full day

Course Dates: March 27th / May 25th / June 14th.

Contact Greg on gregh@futuretracks.co.uk or 07776 223337 for booking

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