Axe Craft and Carving Day
Learn to Use Axe, Knife and Saw in a Woodland Setting
The axe is an important and versatile bushcraft tool - in the right hands it can be used for felling and splitting or fine carving work. On this course you will learn how to use this tool safely for a range of tasks and how to care for and maintain your axe.
We will look at the tasks of tree felling with an axe, splitting for logs and for longer lengths, with the use of "gluts" (wooden wedges). You will learn about safe grips and stances and get the chance to make a craft item with your axe such as a spoon, chopping board or even make a start on a canoe paddle!
We will also look at the safe and effective use of sheath knife and saw.
If you don't have your own axe, let us know if you wish to borrow one from us.
Here are some of the key skills you will learn:
Tool maintenance and safety
Small tree felling techniques
Limbing techniques for taking off side small branches
Splitting longitudinally with mallet and wedges ("gluts")
Hewing techniques for shaping with an axe
Knife techniques such as fore and backhand grips, and batoning
Price: £90 per person
Locations: Lindfield in Sussex, or Moidart in the Scottish Highlands
Duration: 1 day 09.00 - 17:00
Group size: usually 5 - 8 people
Facilities: Group tarp, drinking water and hot drinks, tools (please reserve axe in advance)
What to bring: course-specific kit list