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A job!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Johnson-Hunt Oct 20, 2012. 2 Replies

So this isn't so much about bushcraft but as you are the few people I know in NZ I'll ask! I move to Auckland on the 6th November (finally) and whilst my wife  has a lovely job lined up I do not. If…Continue

Mountain Safety Council.

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian lawson Oct 19, 2012. 2 Replies

Has anyone done any of the course that the MSC offer? They look very good but does any body have any experience of them?Continue

Indigenous Maori skills.

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian lawson Oct 4, 2012. 1 Reply

What will be the best way for me to learn traditional Maori skills? Continue

uk instructor needs information.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rania Marsh Jul 17, 2011. 6 Replies

Hello all. I am a bushcraft instructor currently in the uk. I work for Ray Mears, undoubtedly our leading authority. I am re-locating to NZ in about May this year, probably Northland. i wanted to…Continue

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Firecraft, Tracking, Primitive skills, Navigation skills, Shelter building, Flintknapping, Survival skills, Archery, Crafts, Plant identification, Hunting/trapping, Tramping

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The long road to NZ.

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:35 0 Comments

Hello again everyone. Well it's been a long journey trying to get to NZ! Looks like things are about to start going very quickly now and should be there by the end of the year at the latest. It looks like bushcraft NZ has come on leaps and bounds since I lasts posted. Since leaving Ray Mears company Woodlore, last year, I have been working with my old friend and boss Paul Kirtley. Previously the course director for Ray Mears he has now started his own company frontier bushcraft and adventure.… Continue

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At 17:24 on June 21, 2015,
Shelley Raskin
That would be wonderful, sometimes it's hard to try and print a picture to the right size to make a blank.
I see you worked for Ray Mears company for a while, is the wilkinson sword Woodlore different from the Alan Woods version, seems there are so many versions out there...
At 13:02 on July 4, 2012,
John Edward Lawry

Hi Ian, my interest in bushcraft is that of a teacher developing the "Outdoor Classroom". It is a movement that originated in Ruskin Mill, England under the guiding hand of Aonghus Gorden and Bernard Graves. I attended a workshopgiven by Bernard a few years ago and I could immediately sense its need for modern youth. It is a combination of traditional craft , gardening and, later this year,bush camps. I have spent 2 1/2 years developing the program in our school. (7yr olds to 18yr olds). All aspects involve an experientual, progressive development. eg , with 13 yr olds, they are making their own bows and arrows. The arrows have flights and a lead tip, to weight them properly. The students sand cast the lead tips.To melt the lead they need to light a charcoal fire (the class above have charcoal making as one of their skills) and to do this that need to be anble to use a flint and steel and work with tinder etc. Great fun for one and all.

At the end of th year one of the younger classes (11 yr olds) are "going bush" , for two nights, to build their own shelters, light fires as per above , catch and gather their own food. It will be interesting to see how these city kids will take to it. Their preparation project is to weave a flax fishing net which we hope to catch fish , from the mangrove "river" near the site.

With the older, 18 yr olds I have had some experience in knife making, as extension work on their blacksmithing course. The majority of them are craft knives, but there is the occasional bush knive that makes its way into the program. 

Warm regards john


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