Using sharp tools - woodland survival course



This one day is designed to give people a good level of confidence and understanding in the use of knives and saws. Whether you are an outdoor professional, teacher or just someone who wants some no nonsense tutoring in the use of sharp tools this is a course to consider. Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd is one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft and related subjects in the UK and Dave Watson, who will be tutoring this course focusses on equipping people with confidence and understanding. The course itself is approved through the Institute for Outdoor Learning and a certificate is given on completion of the event.
Subjects include effective techniques for any age of student, types of knife/saw, alternative techniques, key safety issues, the law, maintenance of tools and throughout the course you can expect to be making a wide range of useful products to take away with you including, Feathersticks, flowers, whistles, mallets and tent pegs as well as others.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Courses take place in various venues but all will be equipped with hot drinks throughout the day. All tools are provided but people are welcome to bring their own as this can add to discussions which can benefit others. If your knife needs a sharpen you will be able to do this on the day. We are usually under cover and often indoors. Bring warm outdoor clothing just in case but be aware we might be by an open fire.


Dave Watson at Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd


Grangewood Farm
Netherseal, Swadlincote
DE12 8BG
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In-person course
Brian Trower - - #7920

I recently attended Dave’s one day knife and sharp tool course, I found the day to be one of the most interesting and informative days I have been on for a long time, the information given by Dave was clear and set at a level to suit everyone’s experience. Dave has a huge range of knowledge and experience, I learnt so many new skills and refreshed long forgotten ones, so much so it has re-enthused a passion for bush craft.

In-person course
Paul - - #7919

This was an excellent days training for knife skills.  The pattern of the day was very much focused on doing rather than talking about it.  You gave us very clear instructions and lots of positive reinforcement during the practical sessions.  You managed to have everyone totally focused throughout the whole day(it is very unusual for our group to be so quiet but there were long periods of silence as everyone was concentrating so hard!) and everyone was very proud of the work that they managed to achieve.

You also managed to alleviate many fears about children using knives safely and gave really helpful advice on the organisation of equipment and how to manage a session safely.

I was also very grateful for the advice that you gave me on purchasing a really good knife after the course.

Thanks again for an excellent days training.

In-person course
Simon Vage - - #7918

In May of 2014, myself and several others, took part in a one day introduction day on the use of knives and saws.
Within the group was a mixture of abilities and experience, and yet we all left with an increased knowledge.
The day was structured and informative, with chunks of information and practical giving time for learning and practising, without an overloading of information or a tiring of hand muscles which had not previously been over used.
It is a course I would thoroughly recommend.

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