Phil is the chief Instructor at Woodcraft School in West Sussex where he delivers a array of courses including the Applied Bushcraft level 4, Bushcraft advanced award level 3 and the Longbow Bow making workshops. For further Information on the fantastic array of Bushcraft and natural history courses please follow the links below the courses descriptions where they can be booked. However if you'd like to book us for bespoke training, events or demonstrations please contact us for further details.
Bow history and bow design, factors effecting bow efficiency, wood selection, tillering, string materials and construction, arrow woods and design, fletching and archery techniquesThere is a saying that "a great bow is nine tenths broken at full draw", but by understanding the properties of timber and with skill, we can take timber to its limit (and return!) to produce an implement of incredible beauty and practicality.
What's it about
The start of your journey through the world of traditional archery begins by exploring aspects of bow design, how this relates to bow making and the woods that can be used. We will look at the elements employed in bows as diverse as the eight thousand year old Holmegaard bow and compare these elements with bows from European history especially the English longbow the subject of our study.The bow making then begins in earnest, using the design elements discussed and working with the properties of the individual stave. You will craft your own Traditional English Longbow and join the growing ranks of traditional archers. The choice of timber is from locally sourced native hardwoods felled specifically for the course.There will also be instruction on string making and assembling arrows it is planned that you leave the course with a fully working bow, tillered to your requirements, a laid in Flemish style string and a couple of arrows to set you on the path. More importantly than the weapon, your also armed with the knowledge to make it all again.
Please enquire should this course be full as we may run extra dates
Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex
Duration: 3-4 days with arrival the evening before the course starts in earnest.
Start Time: 7.00 pm
Completion Time: 4.00pm
Course Leader: Phil Brooke
Course Size: 12 (maximum)
Cost Per Person: £325 (Deposit £100)
"The syllabus is packed, keeping you busy at all times without feeling gruelling because everything is so interesting and the instruction is top notch. Each session builds on the skills already learned, giving ample opportunity for each student to practise and become self sufficient in the woodland' Alex DeWitt
After many years of running an integrated skills and teaching programme we have now separated the practical bushcraft skills and the teaching elements formally found in the Certificate of Bushcraft Leadership and created a brand new skills based programme. The level 4 Certificate in Applied Bushcraft is a 22-day programme spread over six months.
Woodcraft School were the first company in the country to offer an accredited course designed specifically for bushcraft instructors in the UK. This programme of study remains very in-depth and comprehensive and is still the benchmark standard in bushcraft techniques for trainee instructors and enthusiasts alike.
Tool design, safe tool use and selection, carving techniques, use of axe, tree felling with hand tools (axes), cleaving and conversion of timber, atlatls, primitive glues, bark work, cordage, net making, ropes knots and lashings, natural shelters, modern shelters, effects of heat and cold, clothing, backcountry cooking techniques, game preparation, winter twig identification, tree and plant identification, poisonous plants, wild food, ses of plants and trees, habitats, , natural navigation techniques, hazard tree recognition, animal track and sign recognition, finding and making water safe, effects of dehydration, fire lighting and management, bow drill, hand drill, natural and manmade tinder.
Duration and Time Commitment
You will spend 5 days a module in the forest throughout the seasons. We aim to produce practitioners who can individually cope with anything our climate can throw at them. In total this adds up to 320 guided learning hours. The guided learning hours appear on the certificate you receive to reflect the comprehensive nature of this very unique course.
The course will take place entirely in the outdoors and you are expected to camp out for the duration.In addition to the sessions at our site you will also have a good deal of home study so be prepared to live, eat and sleep bushcraft for whole of the course!
Max course size is 12
The award level is set at level 4 by using national benchmarks. Successful candidates will receive the Certificate in Applied Bushcraft from the NCFE who we will be using to underscore the quality of this programme.
The level of our programmes implies the degree of work needed to be done by the student to achieve certification. Our awards are set at level 3 and 4 this does not imply that levels below these benchmarks are needed prior to joining a course.
Assessment takes several forms depending on the subject matter and will include observation, question and answer sessions, written papers, identification tests and assignments. The process is thorough and vigorous and designed to ensure you have full understanding of the subject areas. The assessments takes place at set times during the programme It is possible to take the training element of this course and not the assessment in which case a certificate of attendance is offered.
Bushcraft is about the skills and knowledge that allow you to thrive in a raw natural environment. Time tested techniques, often passed down by aboriginal peoples, and simple yet robust tools that strive towards self-sufficiency. Bushcraft is about being resourceful and engaging in the natural world
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