As my first post in this section, I'm offering a course EXCLUSIVELY for BCUK members And You get to choose what the subject is!
If I can work out how to do it, I'll turn this into a poll Here are the options:
A) 3 day knife making course. Forge and heat treat a blade on day 1, fit and carve a handle on day 2, then make a leather sheath and sharpen on day three.
B) 3 day axe making course. As for A, but an axe instead of a knife.
C) Axe and Knife. First day forge and heat treat a knife blade, second day forge and heat treat an axe head, then third day start fitting and shaping handle. May not get the handles both completely finished, but will have something to take away and work on.
We'll be doing everything by hand, using my ancient forges and a variety of good reliable hand tools. Metal parts will be virgin tool or spring steel, wooden parts from locally sourced hardwoods and sheathes from good solid veg tan leather. You can get an idea of the sorts of things that I'm talking about by looking through the course galleries on my website, though I've not got around to updating it for a while
The date for the course is 28th-30th August. It's the last bankholiday weekend in august and one of the few I have left this summer not already booked elsewhere There are a maximum of 6 places available and the price will depend on what we end up going with, but will be around the £250 mark.
People can camp in my woods and this course will only be on offer here, not on my website or elsewhere!
Please express an interest below and once it is decided which option is happening, I'll sort out the details and get places sorted
N.B. the axe could equally be an adze or a hawk, whichever individuals chose at the time