Paul Adamson Woodland Craft
Paul Adamson

Tuition

Fixed events are available to view and book in the courses page, but I also like to get out and about.

The following is a list of skills that can be provided as lessons or demonstrations, over a time scale to suit you or your organisation. Whether that’s one to one, in small groups, staff training, at your home, or a site of your choosing. These can be taster sessions, or an in depth study of one subject, to suit your learning needs.

Feel free to contact me through the contact form.

 

Spoon Carving Workshops

Spoon carving

Carving spoons is an excellent way to learn about carving with an axe and knife. It’s also fun, satisfying, and relaxing. I run workshops for groups and individuals, and sell my work in the shop. This is normally a day session, but can easily be extended to a weekend. Perfect for weekend site based camping trips, leader training for groups, or just to be in the woods or home whittling away the hours and learning valuable hand skills, that you can pass onto others.

The session can be reduced to 4 hours and we can leave out the axework and concentrate on knife carving skills, and sharpening. We normally aim to make a spatula or butter knife.

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Bowl & Kuksa Workshops

Bowl & Kuksa Carving

Progress from spoon carving, and use a few more simple hand tools and skills. From tree to finished drinking cup or bowl for your everyday items, you will be shown and practice the whole process.

If you have completed the spoon carving workshop (day) then this is normally a further day course as most of the safety and basic tool use has been covered.

Devices for holding the material to be worked will be bought along as well as all the usual tools and equipment. Working with gouges really speeds things up and you will be surprised at what you can achieve in a day.

If you are already on the way to completing kuksas etc, but feel you need a little guidance then a session can be arranged for you, to show you the handy skills needed to make it a smooth operation.

Ive put a lot of time into working out and overcoming the common problems associated with wooden drinking cups otherwise known as kuksa in Finnish, Kasa in Swedish, or Guksi by the Sami people. Not everyone has burl to work with, and they just want to get going with straight grained easily found wood.

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Bark Craft Workshops

Barkcraft

Many British trees are suitable for making items for the camp or home. Join us on relaxing workshop learning about natural cordage & containers, or view the unique items available in the shop.

Bark is a fantastic material to work with, and I was so happy the first time I foraged my own piece of silver birch bark, and made a container that not only looked nice, but was functional. I can supply the bark I collect myself from sustainable sources, and provide the plans and techniques needed to make the tactile items made by people around the world for a very long time.

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Bushcraft courses

Bushcraft courses

Bushcraft is a very diverse subject and I run fixed events during the season. But many folks request specific workshops on individual skills such as firelighting or cooking, which can be covered over a couple of hours or a whole day. Longer multi day courses can be tailored to your requirements, either covering a few subjects in detail, or less formally such as fun entertaining tasters.

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Foraging and Ethnobotany

Foraging & Ethnobotany

Foraging is a great chance to engage with the natural world. I provide guided walks in plant identification, concentrating on those suitable for the food, medicinal, and craft uses.

This for me is the real bushcraft, as fire and shelters are essential skills but easily learnt. Once the camp is sorted, what to do next? Well, when I go on wild camps it’s to get to interesting places and go out to seek the useful materials to make tools and equipment, or to find wild food to eat. It is empowering to learn about plants, fungi and animals in such a way. Identification is the first skill, then enjoying the beauty of the natural word, but to become fully immersed and dependent on it, is something truly rewarding.

Walks can be 2-3 hours long or a full day or weekend including fire and cooking activities, and learning about wild medicine.

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Public demonstrations

Public demonstrations

Spoon carving, Friction Firelighting and Primitive skills can be demonstrated and displayed for the public to enjoy at shows and festivals.

Short ‘have a go’ activities for visitors can also be provided such as natural cordage bracelet making.

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Campfire Cookery

Campfire Cookery

Learn about firelighting, fire management, arrangement of pots and pans, control of heat, and the wonderful food that can be created over a fire. Perfect for forest school and expedition leaders.

I run events through the season, but if the dates don’t quite suit you, or you would like a tailored session, get in touch. Fresh bread, rich hearty stews, freshly brewed coffee, pizzas, wild spring greens soup…are you hungry yet!?

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Bannock Recipe PDF

Staffordshire Oatcakes Recipe PDF

Peach Cobbler Recipe PDF


Campfire Cookery

Firelighting

An essential skill. Learn it all, including - friction methods, sparks, matches, tinders & kindling. Once lit, learn how to keep them lit in all weathers and how to arrange for cooking and keeping warm.

I’ve found that many people have been shown poor technique in the past, or need a refresher when I meet them. If you want to show groups how to light fires successfully and with confidence, or make sure that you can when on a solo trip in poor weather, get in touch and we can work out a session to suit your requirements.

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