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Axemanship

Learn How To Use One Of The Most Important Bushcraft Tools On This 3-day Axe Skills Course

LOCATION

Pitlochry

PLACES

10

2024 DATES

13 - 16 June

PRICE

£345

The key to being comfortable in the outdoors is having a solid foundation in the use of bushcraft tools and campcraft, with the axe being arguably the most important tool of northern woodlands. For thousands of years, the axe has enabled humans to shape their environment and has undoubtedly made life possible in some of the most extreme environments on the planet.    

What Axe Techniques We Will Cover

This in-depth axe course takes a detailed look at this versatile tool, from the basics of anatomy and selection to advanced cutting techniques, tree felling, firewood processing and fine craft work techniques.  Each student will also make their own shavehorse, which not only gives an opportunity to practice many important axe techniques, but also leave with a really useful piece of woodworking kit for future projects!

  

On this course you will have the chance to fell some larger trees with an axe, giving you the opportunity to practice these skills for real. The wood you process will be used for projects including making your own shave horse.  In addition, the course will take place in an ancient hazel coppice, where you will be able to learn some valuable woodland management skills.    

   

Your instructor, Steven Hanton, has been using axes almost daily for over 20 years and has learned good axe technique from competent woodsmen and women who have relied on axes while on true wilderness journeys.  Never satisfied with commercial handle designs, he makes his own to his own design and uses axes extensively in his work on paddles, wooden canoes and on wilderness trips.  He his always eager to share this knowledge with others.

'I always like to have an axe nearby, it reminds me of simple things in a mad world of whirling things'

Bernard S. Mason

Axe Skills Course Syllabus:

  • History of the axe

  • Axe anatomy, terminology and axe selection

  • Sharpening and care of your axe

  • Felling large trees with an axe; how to use wedges, levers and rope up while felling.

  • Dealing with 'hang ups'

  • Axe techniques; sectioning, limbing, splitting, pointing

  • Fine craft work with an axe

  • Make your own shavehorse from native Scottish woods.  

  • Saws and their use

  • Safe knife technique.  

  • ** You must bring a Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe' or similar for this course - we can advise**  

Splitting wood with an axe and learning axe skills
Man demonstrating different types of axes

Axemanship Course Details

LOCATION

Pitlochry

PLACES

10

2024 DATES

13 - 16 June

PRICE

£345

This course is run from the majestic Bonskeid Estate near Pitlochry.  A mature mixed woodland site on the banks of the River Tummel, this woodland is secluded and has great camping spots.  Ancient hazel copse mixed with old oaks, birches and whopping douglas firs make this site a great place to immerse yourself in nature.  The wood is full of wildlife and we are truly privileged to be able to run our courses from this special site.  

Full joining instructions and arrival details will be sent out at the time of booking.    

This site is close to Pitlochry, right off the A9, and so is very accessible. We offer a complimentary train pick up service from Pitlochry rail station for up to 4 clients per course on a first come-first serve basis. There is ample private parking on site for those travelling by car.  

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