The Axe; a three-day course, will equip you the traditional skills of the woodsman. Start by learning safe stances and different grips to increase confidence and move on to the tricks and techniques needed for you to fell a tree safely and with power. You will then continue to limb, section and split it – the full process from tree to usable timber, with just an axe.
“You should always be one axe-handle ahead” – Mors Kochanski.
Being able to repair your axe in the wild is an essential and lost skill. You will create your own axe to take home with you: carve a fresh handle from seasoned ash and re-helve it tightly into a new axe head using a wooden wedge. Advanced skills and axe maintenance are also covered so you will be able to hone your blade to a razor sharp edge. You will gain a great deal of strength in your hands during this course, and possibly a few calluses, but it will feel hugely rewarding. There is also be the opportunity to craft an improvised frame saw to complete your back-woods toolkit. This course will set you firmly on the path to acquiring the time-honoured skills of Axemanship. These three days will teach you energy efficiency, power and accuracy – skills for mastering this most versatile of tools and hallmarks of seasoned woodsfolk.
“The axe is the most important of all the basic bush tools. Outside of fire, little else can contribute more to living comfortably in the wilderness than knowing how to properly use a well chosen axe.” – Mors Kochanski.
- Days: Thur PM – Sun PM (3 Nights)
- Location: Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Axemanship, Felling, Carving, Re-helving
- Group Size: 6-14 (Av.10)
- Physical Rating: Medium
- 2021 Dates: 12-15 August
- Brief history of the Axe Axe size, design and anatomy
- Axes hatchets and mauls – how to use them
- Bushcraft knives
- Using an axe safely and powerfully
- Timber properties
- Re-handling a new axe
- Axe care & sharpening
- Tree felling
- Limbing & sectioning
- Splitting techniques
- Advanced knife grips
- Crafting a buck-saw
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. (This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – it also maximises your learning time with us).
- All course materials, axe heads, saw blades, handle wood, etc.
- Camping fees are included.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.