Frontier and Friends at The Bushcraft Show 2013

by Paul Kirtley

At The Bushcraft Show 2013, the Frontier Bushcraft team gave demonstrations, talks, presentations and ran workshops. We also had the great pleasure of receiving a special knife from Lofty Wiseman in recognition of our winning 4 of the Best in Bushcraft Awards. What was best though was seeing old friends and making new ones. It was a really enjoyable weekend. Check out the photos below for some of the highlights, including techniques from the axe skills demonstrations...
The Frontier Bushcraft Stall.

The Frontier Bushcraft Stall. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Frontier bushcraft at the Bushcraft Show

The Frontier Bushcraft demonstration and display area behind our stall. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Paul Kirtley addressing a crowd

The Frontier axe skills demonstrations drew a large crowd each day. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Paul Kirtley using axe

Safe and efficient axe use with a chopping block. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Paul Kirtley using an axe

Using the weight of the wood to your advantage. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Paul Kirtley using axe

Splitting when there is no chopping block. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Detail of the 'between the legs' technique.  Make sure heels are in line with front face of the log and no further back. Photo: Paul Nicholls

Detail of the 'between the legs' technique. Make sure heels are in line with front face of the log and no further back. Photo: Paul Nicholls

Splitting small diameter material. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Splitting small diameter material. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

basic carving techniques

A variety of skills for use with general-purpose axes were demonstrated. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Lofty Wiseman at the Bushcraft Show 2013

Lofty Wiseman. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

Paul Kirtley meeting Lofty

Meeting Lofty. Photo: Paul Nicholls

Paul Kirtley receives knife from Lofty Wiseman

Receiving the special presentation knife from Lofty for winning four of the Best in Bushcraft Awards. Photo: Sheri Lake.

Frontier team and Lofty knife

Some of the Frontier team with the special presentation knife. Photo: Paul Nicholls

The Lofty Wiseman Survival Tool, signed by Lofty himself. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

The Lofty Wiseman Survival Tool, signed by Lofty himself. Photo: Paul Nicholls.

People walking on a bearing in a navigation training exercise

Students walking on a bearing during one of our navigation workshops. Photo: Paul Kirtley

Frontier people having some downtime

Frontier and friends relaxing at the end of a busy day. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Ray Goodwin canoeing at Bushcraft Show

Ray Goodwin had one of the headline speaking slots, on Saturday evening. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Ray Goodwin on stage at the Bushcraft Show.

Ray Goodwin gave an entertaining presentation of the highlights of his many canoe adventures. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Frontier people illuminated by firelight with the moon rising.

Frontier and friends around the main Show campfire on Saturday evening with an awesome full moon rising behind. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Behind the Frontier stall at the Bushcraft Show

There was always something going on behind our stall. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

How to pass a knife

Informal, drop-in skills sessions. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Frontier and Friends at the Bushcraft Show 2013

The Frontier Stall(warts)! Photo: Liz Stovell.

We're already looking forward to the Show in 2014, which will be at a new venue, Catton Hall, Derbyshire.

THE BUSHCRAFT SHOW 2014: Save the date in your diary - 23-26 May 2014.

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Paul Kirtley is owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog as well as for various publications including Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Richards

Would have loved to have come and met you guys and others!
Maybe next year.

Many congratulations on the award Paul, well deserved too.



Paul Kirtley

Thanks Paul. I hope we get the opportunity to meet next time.




Steve Bayley

Looks like a good time was had by all. Only sorry I wasn’t free to come and join in this year. It looks like Henry may have been putting his skills to good use; is that a wannigan I spy in one of your pictures? And that chair looks like it might be Paul’s handiwork. Great to see the canoe expedition and course coming to fruition, hope I’ll be seeing some of you soon.


Paul Kirtley

Hi Steve,

Yes, the chair is one of Paul ‘Spoons’ Nicholls’s. The wannigan is the handiwork of another on the team. We have tested this design extensively in the woods in the UK (it forms our staff brew/kitchen box) as well as taking another model of this design to Sweden in the winter.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.



Matt Jones

Looks like a great weekend, with some top exhibitors (including the Frontier team, of course!) Gutted that I couldn’t make it this year, but was walking the London2Brighton 100km challenge. Congratulations to all on your success at the Best in Bushcraft Awards too – very well deserved.


Paul Kirtley

Thanks Matt. I hope you’ll be able to make it next year.






What a weekend it was. The sun was out an the sky was blue. It was great to meet up and chat with you. CONGRATULATIONS on winning all those awards, and Lofty’s knife, that’s something else, you must be a proud man.
Your axe skills demonstrations were great, but for me, your talk on living off the land was right up my street. ( Impact on the environment, what impact ? plants spread their wings, keep on foraging) well done mate.
Ray Goodwin did give an entertaining presentation, what a great guy.
Good luck.
See you up north.


Paul Kirtley

Hey Hedgey,

Yes, indeed – a glorious weekend. It was great to meet you and many other internet friends. What a great community there is around bushcraft and related skills. Such a nice crowd of people.

Yes, I was proud of Frontier Bushcraft’s achievements being recognised by winning the awards. We have a great team of guys and girls, all of whom give 100% in their commitment to what we do. And it was a great honour to meet Lofty. The knife has pride of place in the Frontier office 🙂

Glad you enjoyed the talk. I have uploaded the video of my presentation and you can access it here:

The Difference Between Foraging and Living Off The Land

All the best,



james harris

Hi Paul

It was good to see you and meet the other guys at the show on Sunday, couldn’t have asked for better. The axe demo you gave was top notch and learnt some good safe techniques from you thank you. The coffee is on me next time i see you.



Paul Kirtley



Vic Galpin

Paul hope you liked the Mammoth Bone handled Knife, great to see you got several photos of Niall and Conor in there, they are well pumped that they are now “ON” the Frontier web site, well impressed. great to see you all, lectures and demo`s were spot on (why wouldnt they be) cant wait for next year. can you make sure you bring the same weather ?


Paul Kirtley

Hi Vic, thanks for bringing the knife to show us. Interesting to see mammoth bone.

Thanks also for your kind words about what we did at the show. We’re glad you and your boys enjoyed it all.

I’ll do my best with the weather next time… 😉

All the best,



Mark H

Hi Paul,

Just rewards for many hours of planning , preparing and delivering superb courses. It is all the work people don’t see that make for your excellent courses.
Many are quick to judge ‘the industry’ for not having enough bureaucratic standards in place. With the likes of your company and three or four notable others. Bushcraft and Outdoor instruction has some very good standard bearers who set the ‘standard’ !
Well done- glad you came out from the shadows !




Paul Kirtley

Thanks Mark. You for one have followed our progress from the start – before the start even – and know where we’ve come from and what we’ve done to achieve it. We’ve also had a great deal of support from good people such as yourself and this support has made all the difference.

Warm regards,



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