good schools, great instructors
I've noticed a number of requests recently for recommendations on which bushcraft schools they should attend courses with.
Many people seem to have a strong preference for one particular bushcraft school, (often the school they did their first course with) though there are many excellent schools out there.
Some companies have gained an excellent reputation for a particular type service they offer such as Bushcraft expeditions and their range of overseas wilderness bushcraft courses, some schools have a distinct 'celebrity element' such as ray mears, 'woodlore' here in the UK and Tom browns, & 'Tracker school' in the US.
So I thought I would invite members to posts and let us know:
1. Which Schools have you attended courses with as an ordinary student.
2. Are there any particular instructors who you have studied under and whom you feel were exceptional and what did they did to gain this status.
no bad karma please lets keep to positive comments only (if you’ve nothing good to say, say nothing)
Courses I have attended the as an Ordinary student (in chronological order):
Woodlander course with the Woodsmoke School (Lake district)
Winter wilderness living Skills course with Karamat (Canada)
Instructors who I feel have been exceptional are:
Ben McNutt and Lisa Fenton of woodsmoke, for the professionalism with which they run their courses, they are not only skilled in their subject, but they know how to teach it, and they are masters at time management, fitting an great deal of teaching into each day without the sensation of being rushed on the part of the student. They also possess exceptional generosity
Andy Wood of Bushcraft Expeditions another true professional, a master of the planning, administration and logistics required for the expeditions he organises and assists in. has earned a global reputation and possesses a contact network I would kill for. a very capable person.
Dave Goodworth of 'wildlife' (and now 'frontiers') for being one of the most natural teachers I have met, and his ability to put students into a state of ease in which they absorb knowledge without any of brow furrowing effort associated with learning. Just as magnificent with children as with as adults.
Mors Kochanski, for sheer quantity of wilderness wisdom that seems to surge forth from him like an unstoppable tide of knowledge, the awe inspiring level skills he demonstrates with anything that has a sharp edge and his incredible generosity. his students seem to learn by osmosis, until the pressure threatens to make their heads explode! Such is the effect that I once heard a fellow student remark during a course coffee break that he was "just off for a moment to stick his head in the snow till his brain cooled off". Also the most genuinely nice person I have ever met.
Patrick McGlinchey of Backwoods survival school with whom, regrettably, I have not yet spent any time in the wilds, for being a phenomenally skilled craftsmen of the highest order. Everything he produces is a wonder of functional art, which would look equally at home in a gallery as it does in the woods. A truly inspirational artisan
Last edited by Toddy; 31-07-2007 at 22:17.
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