Making Natural Cordage
and Lashings


We show you how to make string from natural resources in a survival situation on several of our courses. The following is an brief outline of the process:-

The basic material must be fibrous but can come from many sources, sinew from animal tendons, fibres from many plants including the inner bark of trees (dead ones are best). If using game tendons dry them completely then smash them so they separate into fibres.

Whatever the source moisten the fibres and roll them between your hands or between hand and leg, then twist together after securing at one end with a knot. It is best to twist a small quantity of fibres in one direction, forming 2 or 3 twisted groups, then twist the groups together using a reverse twist or braid.

Always make sure your lengths of fibre are uneven, then as one gets near the end splice in a new length by twisting it together with the short piece.

If using sinew for lashings, as the sinew is sticky when moistened which hardens when dry, you don't need to knot it.

The end results can be as strong as machine-made string or twine and used just the same.



making string from plant fibres




The Wilderness Family
Camp

Three day event
11.30am Friday - 3pm Sunday
Bushcraft for children aged 5 to 16years



July Families Camp
 

On the three day Wilderness Family Camp … you’ll be shown:

 

  • The ideal type of fire to build. We’ll show you a quick and easy way to build a fire that’s simple to light -- easy to keep going -- and burns nice and hot. This is an essential skill to learn. 

  • 3 ways to build a “natural debris” shelter that’ll keep you warm… dry… and as “snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug.” Once you know these 3 simple shelters -- you’ll be able to adapt them for use in many situations. 

  • Where to find and gather an endless supply of DRY firewood… even if it’s been RAINING. Even if the ground’s wet and damp -- you’ll know exactly where to look -- and WHAT to do -- to find DRY wood for a roaring fire. 

Family Camp Aug 09Bowl burning round the evening fireWildernessFamilies Camp Aug 2005

             
  • How to use a knife safely. A necessary skill for any bushcraft.

  • A quick and easy way to light a roaring fire… WITHOUT matches or a lighter. Just by using a special pocket size fire lighting “tool” -- you’ll never have to worry about losing a gas lighter -- or trying to use damp soggy matches -- EVER again. We’ll show you what this tool is -- and more importantly -- HOW to use it. It’s so simple to use -- even when the tool is WET. 

  • Cook On An Open Fire: All our meals -- and hot water for drinks -- will be cooked on an open fire in the centre of the camp. This is a great opportunity for your children to learn about -- and become comfortable with -- open fires. They’ll learn how to tend the fire and respect what it can do if it’s used properly. 

  • Identify Plants and Trees: You’ll learn about the various plants and trees around you -- kids in the wildsand how to use them. For instance: One common tree has leaves that contain a natural soap. Very handy for washing your hands after building your shelter! You’ll discover what this tree is -- how to identify it -- and how to wash your hands with it! 
  • Make Cords, String and Rope: Using the prickliest and stringiest plant in the forest -- you can make good strong cords and string to tie things together. This’ll come in very handy for all sorts of things around the camp. 

  • Making Utensils: Learn how to make valuable utensils to your stay in the woods more comfortable.
     

“...thankyou for a brilliant weekend ... I feel much more confident in the open, and can't wait to get back out there. Hannah, you and your team have been a true inspiration !”

Vivienne, Mark and Lauren
 

  • Silent Movement & Peripheral Vision: Learn how the Apache Indians moved around - and how you can get closer to wild life. 

  • Sleeping Out: We highly recommend that you take the opportunity to sleep in your very own shelter, an experience that you will never forget. But do bring tents if you prefer more comfort. 

  • Making fire by friction: WHAT to do… and what NOT to do. You’ll learn how to make a simple “Bow Drill” set… make a “coal”… and then blow a “tinder bundle” into flames. What a great feeling this will bring -- a real sense of achievement! 

Blowing A Tinder Bundle
  • Where to find the best and DRIEST tinder… in the most UNLIKELY places. It’s easy once you know WHERE to look. Even in wet and soggy environments, it’s easy to find dry tinder to start your fire. We’ll show you what to look for and how to use it.


  • We’ll play many fun Nature Awareness Games that link all the skills together -- and really switch you on to the natural world around you. Using some of Josef Cornell’s famous games from his book “Sharing Nature with Children”

  • Concentric Rings: Experience how wildlife is connected

  • Animal Movements & Sign: Know how animals move and learn how to read the sign they leave behind.

  • How to make fire using some UNUSUAL everyday objects. Even if you haven’t got matches or a lighter, you can still light a fire with things lying around the home, garage or car. You’ll learn WHAT to look for -- and HOW to use them.

And that’s not all…

The best way to get the most out of the course… is by having FUN!



Making a Debris ShelterBuilding a Debris ShelterOur new debris Lean-to Shelter



Although the games and skills you’ll learn will be fun and perfectly safe -- they’ll help you all at a much DEEPER level because what you’ll also gain… is a lifetime of SELF CONFIDENCE.

 

The sort of confidence that comes with knowing you’ve got the skills and expertise to venture out into wild places…and can look after yourself.
 

“We have always loved being out in nature, but you have given us the tools to be able to look and interact with it in a richer and more fulfilling way. It feels like our eyes have been opened.

Many thanks again to everyone."
Steve

Exciting fun night game, great time to get dirtywoodland natives Creating bowls
 

Now if you’re still not convinced that your children will benefit from this -- just reflect on these quotes about survival skills and the “will to survive” from John Leach, Lecturer in Psychology at Lancaster University, in his fascinating book -- Survival Psychology:


Such behaviour has to be learned early and it seems that many survivors have developed the techniques and basic skills for survival in childhood or early adulthood. They have exercised and developed their coping skills and it is clear that if the mind is preset for such emergencies then their coming is not a disabling shock.”


Many survivors had previously developed practical skills which enabled them to better cope with the situation in which they suddenly found themselves in.”


The seeds for personal long-term survival are sown early in a person’s life and they need to be nurtured into a pattern of coping and survival behaviour.”


What we teach is… SELF CONFIDENCE using Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival Skills… taught in an enjoyable way 

Now what better gift can you give your child.Boys Bow Drilling To Make Fire


 

So now you know what to expect… and how you’ll benefit by coming along -- why not book on a course and see for yourself?


 

If you prefer a shorter family camp experience then check out our 'One Night Family Bushcraft Camp in June'. Although not all subjects are covered on the shorter one-night camp it is still packed with many exciting new skills and experiences.
 

“We all really enjoyed your bushcraft course ... Ella went to bed on the Sunday night with a heartfelt
"was that a great weekend or what!" ... So a huge thanks you to you all.”
                    Sara, London UK
(To read furthur reviews Click on blue reviews icon on left of page)


Further information
Event timing Friday 11.30am till Sunday 3pm. Arrival time is from 10.45am Friday.
Directions & kit list will be sent via email two weeks prior to course date
We invite you to sleep in your shelters but suggest you also bring a tent for your convenience.
We have a no alcohol policy for health & safety reasons.
If travelling by car we would appreciate if you can bring a large container of tap water with you. (There isn't a water supply on site).
We only accept use of fixed blade knifes.
We erect a large parachute in the trees for shelter.
We have a selection of equipment for sale on the course; Fixed blade knifes, Fire steels, Kelly kettles & books, Field guides, Thermal mugs.

Catering

Meals are provided and vegetarians are catered for. Meals will be cooked on the fire and we ask that everyone takes part in preparing & cooking meals together.
Please bring packed lunch for the first morning.


Camping

We would like everyone to feel as comfortable as possible, we invite you to sleep in your shelters but you are welcome to bring tents for your comfort. Please bring all necessary camping equipment for your own use.
Please note that we do not have the use of showers (you are welcome to bring a solar shower bag)
There is a bush toilet on site.

A full kit list is included in the joining instructions and will be sent one month prior to the


Kit required
Appropriate clothing and footwear for season (Wet Weather Gear)
Working gloves          Dark clothes for night game               Warm hat for nights

Plate, bowl & mug    
Knife, fork & spoon                              Snacks/juice/water/fruit
Tent                             Camping chairs                                   Washing kit              
Insect repellent         Special dietary food                           Personal First Aid Kit
Torches                       Warm sleeping bag/mat or bivvi bag        
Packed lunch/drink (Friday)

Transport
By train: We can collect from the local train station which is Aylesham or provide contact details of taxi if arriving in Canterbury.       
By car:   Directions to site will be sent via email prior to the course. Please do not use post-code from website as this is our office address and not where course is held.
There is car-parking space within the woodland. 


Booking
To book either click on ADD TO CART below and making payment via Pay Pal (PayPal is a on-line secure server. You don't need a paypal account to use this service)
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Or pay by cheque by completing booking form (click on BOOKING FORM icon below) and send cheque to address on booking form.


..........we’ll see you in the woods!


 

Three Day Camp 31st July - 2nd August 2015

Cost: £130 p.p including food

£468 Family of Four

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Families Bushcraft £130 Per Person.




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Event:

Date:Friday 31st July 2015
Starts:Friday 11.30am
Ends:Sunday 3pm
Location:Woodland Near Canterbury, Kent

Type:Three Day Bushcraft Course
With:Natural Pathways
Bookings:Per Person
Price:£130

Places Available
Dear Hannah, What a wonderful 3 days you gave us out in those wonderful woods. Days that seemed to hold all that's important - new ...