Frontier Bushcraft At The 2017 Bushcraft Show

Frontier Bushcraft is a main sponsor of the 2017 Bushcraft Show.

Frontier Bushcraft is one of the main sponsors of the 2017 Bushcraft Show,

We have a range of activities and demonstrations planned for our stand, including axe skills and safety, carving demos and drop in carving clinics with Paul “Spoons” Nicholls. Ray Goodwin will be running a free workshop on packing and portaging canoes.

James, Spoons, Henry, Iain, Ben, Martin and Lisa will be among the Frontier team-members joining me at the show for the whole weekend.

On our stall we will have a range of expedition equipment on show and our team will be happy to talk you through it.

We will also host Rupert Brown of Browns Bushcraft talking about water purification and demonstrating the Brown Filter Bag at our stall on Sunday afternoon (15:30 – 16:15).

In addition to the activities on our stall, we have three events on the main stage. As well as giving a main stage presentation titled “Accelerating Your Bushcraft Learning” on Sunday 28th, I will be hosting a live #AskPaulKirtley show on the main stage on Monday 29th. Plus, Ray Goodwin will be making a main stage presentation on Monday 29th. Times and further details below.

Ray Goodwin is running canoeing sessions for beginners and improvers on one of the lakes at the venue. Again, more details below…

Demonstrations and Drop-In Sessions At The Frontier Stall

At our stall I will be running axe skills demonstrations, Spoons has a couple of carving demos scheduled and Ray Goodwin will be talking about and demonstrating portaging skills.

Following the carving demos, you are welcome to spend time with the team getting some input on your carving.

Axe Skills And Safety With Paul Kirtley

At the Frontier Bushcraft Stall: 10:30-11:20 Saturday 27th and 13:00-13:50 Monday 29th.

My demonstration will cover axe techniques for camp life and wilderness expeditions:

  • Choosing the right axe for the job
  • Safety principles
  • Safe cutting techniques
  • Splitting with and without a chopping block
  • Basic carving techniques
  • Axe care
axe in use
Axe skills for camping and expeditions with Paul Kirtley.

Packing A Canoe And The Art Of Portage With Ray Goodwin

At the Frontier Bushcraft Stall: 11:30-12:30 Sunday 28th.

Ray Goodwin will examine the oft-overlooked art of portage and the related skill of packing an open canoe effectively and efficiently. He has a wealth of knowledge about making journeys by open canoe and in this free session, he will share tips and tricks to get your packing and portaging as slick as his.

Two men carrying a boat
Learn the art of portaging with Ray Goodwin.

Spoon Carving Demo With Paul “Spoons” Nicholls

At the Frontier Bushcraft Stall: 13:00-13:30 Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.

Watch a demonstration of how to quickly and efficiently carve a spoon with Paul “Spoons” Nicholls, followed by his carving clinic (see below).

Spoon Clinic With Paul “Spoons” Nicholls

At the Frontier Bushcraft Stall: 13:30-15:30 Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.

This drop-in clinic runs directly after Spoons’s carving demo. This is an informal session. Drop in anytime during this 2-hour period for some input on your carving. If you like, bring finished and unfinished carvings for some tips, suggestions and practical help from Spoons.

Drop in for some carving input from Paul “Spoons” Nicholls.

Main Stage Talks

Ray Goodwin and I are delighted to return to the Main Stage of the Bushcraft Show again in 2017. We will be giving no less than three main stage presentations…

Ray Goodwin presentation
Ray Goodwin on the Bushcraft Show main stage in 2013.

Accelerating Your Bushcraft Learning

Main Stage: 09:40 Sunday 28th

It’s often said that you can’t learn bushcraft skills overnight, that there is always more to learn, that many skills take years of practice to approach mastery.

So, how does the average person with a job plus a combination of any or all of commuting, kids, family commitments, weekly shopping, gardening, DIY, other hobbies, and who doesn’t live outdoors, make significant progress with these skills?

In this presentation, I will examine proven ways of accelerating your progress with bushcraft skills and knowledge, providing actionable take-aways for you to apply in your own bushcraft skill development.

Live #AskPaulKirtley

Main Stage: 10:20 Monday 29th

The audio podcast version of #AskPaulKirtley has become one of the most popular outdoor podcasts on iTunes.

These question-and-answer shows have also had over a 100,000 views on YouTube and Paul Kirtley’s Blog.

Bring a question to ask and I will answer as many as I can in the time available, live on stage.

Getting Started With Canoeing: The Fun And The Pitfalls

Main Stage: 11:30 Monday 29th

Many who enjoy Bushcraft would love to add canoeing to their ways of accessing nature and heading out camping for a few days. But how do you get started? And what safety precautions should you take, particularly if you have kids?

Ray Goodwin is one of the foremost professional canoe coaches in the UK, as well as literally having written the book on canoeing. In this presentation Ray shares tips and insights from his many years of helping people get started with paddling as well as canoeing with his own young family.

Specialist Instruction

Take an introduction to open canoeing or an improvers session to hone your paddling skills, with none other than paddling maestro Ray Goodwin.

Introduction To Open Canoeing With Ray Goodwin

13:00-14:30 Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th

Start your paddling journey with one of the UK’s top canoe coaches.

Ray Goodwin is a pioneer of the open canoe in the UK with a following of enthusiasts wherever he goes. Learn to paddle your own canoe with living legend of British canoeing.

Book your place on the Bushcraft Show website via the link below:

Improvers Paddling Session With Ray Goodwin

15:00-16:30 Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th

If you’ve done some paddling before and want to improve your paddle strokes, then this is your chance to get some direct input from one of the UK’s pre-eminent canoe coaches.

Book your place on the Bushcraft Show website via the link below:

Boats, paddles and buoyancy aids for the above sessions are provided. Bring a change of clothes in case you fall in (unlikely but possible.)

Say Hello!

We’re very much looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones over the course of the long weekend.

If you are coming to the show, it’ll be great to see you. Please drop in to our stand to say hi and please come to our main stage presentations to help make them some of the biggest events at the show!

Let us know in the comments below if you are planning on being at the show…

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Paul Kirtley is Founder 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. He is the author of Wilderness Axe Skills and Campcraft, as well as having contributed to several other books. Paul has been involved in teaching bushcraft since 2003. He is also a Canoe Leader, British Canoeing Level 3 Canoe Coach and UK Summer Mountain Leader.

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