Steven Hanton’s journey into wilderness skills began almost 20 years ago, when he first discovered an innate passion for the natural world and humanity’s infinite answers to the question – what does it mean to be human?
Steven completed his first week-long bushcraft course at the age of 16, taught by Ben. He then embarked on his arduous apprenticeship with ‘Woodsmoke’, being awarded his coveted Hazel-Handled Instructors Knife in 2008, which has become an industry standard for quality and experience. Steven was a core member of Ben McNutt’s instructional team from 2007 to 2014, and he now runs the Oak Framing course and guest instructs on our Tracker course. A degree in Outdoor Education has also contributed to maintaining a high level of tuition across his work.
His desire to unlock the secrets of bushcraft has enabled him to delve deep; particularly into the world of natural history and animal tracking, where he holds the internationally respected ‘Cybertracker – Track and Sign Specialist’ certificate for the UK. He also holds a level II trailing certificate and a level III track and sign in North America. He has subsequently worked on tracking projects at home and abroad and continues to teach these skills to others.
Steven Co-presents ‘Bushcraft with Ed Stafford & Steven Hanton’; an online Bushcraft course which closely resembles the course content and teaching style of the courses on this website developed by Ben McNutt.
Steven expeditions worldwide in desert, artic and jungle environments, leads commercial expeditions in remote locations and provides consultation to high profile clients, TV Production companies and corporate events. He holds certificates in Mountain Leading, Wilderness Medical Training and Canoe Coaching.
Over the years, Steven has developed his other interests in woodwork, building traditional Wood and Canvas Canoes and paddles and subsequently founding his own canoe company. ‘Canvas Canoes’ builds bespoke, hand-made wood and canvas canoes and offers classes and consultancy in traditional canoeing fayre.
Steven is very proud to call the other inspirational experts listed here colleagues and friends.