Paul Nicholls, from Bedford, attended his first Bushcraft course in 2008 where he met course leader Paul Kirtley.
The course had a huge impact on Paul and he spent the subsequent six years learning and practising more new skills.
Now known as "Spoons" to his bushcraft friends, Paul has developed a particular love of carving.
It took two years for Paul to secure the use of a local woodland to practice his bushcraft and carving skills, so he likes to spend as much time as possible there.
In addition to working on skills in his own time, Paul has attended fundamental bushcraft, intermediate wilderness bushcraft, tracking & nature awareness, campcraft, navigation, butchery and canoeing courses. He has also done flint-knapping with John Lord.
A keen fisherman, Paul is outside as much as he can and credits his mother and grandmother with his love of and affinity with the outdoors. He spent his childhood fishing, sailing and bird-watching in local nature reserves. He has been a member of RSPB from an early age.
In 2010 Paul was invited to exhibit his woodcarvings at a local country fair, where he demonstrated the spoon carving that he learned on his first course. This is where he discovered that he enjoyed teaching and sharing the skills that he so loves.
Spoons has been part of Frontier's instructional team since 2013.
Click on the following link to read more about Paul's bushcraft journey.