I was lucky enough to receive a recommendation for Woodland Survival Crafts from a friend who had done a number of courses with Dave. I was looking to update my own personal skills and undertake a training course to help develop the bushcraft activity sessions I deliver through my activity business. The Bushcraft for Practitioners course fit the bill perfectly and when it came round to the start I’d gotten another 5 of my staff on board too.
The site was wonderful, a wealth of natural resources, beauty and isolation. Just enough home comforts to make the stay more appealing to the less experienced and wild enough to satisfy the seasoned wild-camper. The course content was as varied as it was in-depth. All the course topics were covered thoroughly and enjoyably, the level of practical activity was maintained very high throughout. The resources and reading materials made available to us were more than adequate. The highlights for most were the tree identification walk in the dark and, of course, the fact that every member of the course had lit fire with a bow drill by day 2.
On a personal note, Dave has a patient and relaxed attitude and his passion for the outdoors was clearly visible in his teaching and the way he talked about the woods and his history. His level of skill and knowledge can only be described as expert and he was a pleasure to learn from. Dave was also ably assisted by Mike, Howard and Ewan, who, like Dave, were knowledgeable and great company. We were not the shyest of groups out there but they gave as good as they got!
I would have no hesitation in recommending Woodland Survival Crafts to any individual or company. All 6 of us immensely enjoyed our time in Spring Wood and I for one have already started looking into other courses with Dave. I shall be buying the friend who made the initial recommendation a beer.
Pete Knight – Peak Instruction owner - - #7932
Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable 3 days over which you covered a huge amount of Bushcraft skills. The wood is a wonderful location, with everything you might need to practice the skills covered. I particularly enjoyed and benefited from the practical and memorable way you have of teaching and I left far more confident in my skills and knowing the way ahead. Thanks again for a great 3 days.
Richard Abbott - - #7930
Thanks again for the training: it has left me really inspired. I have made a couple of baskets, lots of different types of cordage and managed to get a bow drill ember using my own nettle cord on my birthday which was the best present I think i could have made for myself. I also went on a little trip and made a fairly random mat out of dry grass that was inspired by the mat thing that Otzi had that no-one could quite decide what it was for. I lay on it.
Chris Ensor - - #7929
We both had a great time and enjoyed not just the activities but also how friendly you all were and how easy going the whole thing was. Euan was terrific-very knowledgeable, amenable and nothing seemed too much trouble. Will certainly recommend you and hope to be back at some point.
Richard Thirlwall - - #7928
Thank you so much for providing the fantastic setting and knowledge for the bush-craft course.I have learnt a huge amount in three days and I hope to continue my learning, not just from yourself but also through some of the contacts made. You offer a great service to the outdoor industry.
Thanks once again and I hope to be in touch soon.
Rob Marks - - #7923
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.
Brian Trower - - #7920
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.
Paul - - #7919
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.
Simon Vage - - #7918