Axe and Paddle Bushcraft courses

Enjoy one-to-one or group Axe and Paddle Bushcraft courses and workshops available for one day or the whole weekend at Pop-Up by the River campsite in Steyning.

Axe and Paddle Bushcraft have now started Kid’s Bushcraft Hazel Bow and Arrow making courses on the river campsite for the affordable cost of £10.00 per child.

Generally, there are Bushcraft courses that will suit everybody’s ability and teacher Steve is avid about wilderness Bushcraft and is experienced at teaching people from the age of five years old upwards having taught many festival goers and individuals on various campsites throughout Sussex.

Axe and Paddle Bushcraft provide family entertainment with educational and fun opportunities to take away new skills from your stay at Pop-Up by the River campsite at New Wharf Farm, Horsebridge Common. Experienced and friendly teacher Steve is happy to run an Axe and Paddle Bushcraft course or workshop from your campsite including axe throwing contest (16+), bow and arrow making, spoon carving and flint or friction fire lighting, hunting, rabbit skinning and cooking over your fire pit.

The traditional bush craft adventurous experience of canoeing on the River Adur will give each and every one of you a new outlook and will be reminiscent of artist, author, conservationist, film maker and naturalist William Clifford Mason (Bill Mason) who received a Best Specialised Film BAFTA award for the short film with humorous geographical insights ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes’ (1970) with music by Robert Fleming and Bruce Mackay.

Please support our Axe and Paddle Bushcraft Crowdfunder Project to run workshops with schools and youth groups http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/yes-please-to-dirty-knees/

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Axe & Paddle Bushcraft courses at Heronsdale Manor campsite

Steven Say teaches and presents traditional skills and crafts to adults and children at our pop-up in the woods campsite of Heronsdale Manor in Heathfield as well as at events, festivals and for private parties.

Steve founded Axe & Paddle Bushcraft in early 2012, has a deep love of nature, is highly skilled and is a great teacher.

Take away a new skill from your stay at our pop-up in the campsite and embrace craft, nature and tradition. The Bushcraft folk will teach you bow and arrow making, spoon carving and flint or friction fire making. You can also try the ancient and rapidly diminishing hunting, skinning and cooking over you fire pit skills with Steve.

With regards to Fire Lighting, there are three different stages are available to book. Stage one uses the more traditional, more difficult, Flint and Steel method and the carbon stick tool to learn the ‘Strike a Light’ method. For Stage two you would learn the ancient Bow Drill method and how to build a lasting fire. Stage three is the Friction Fire lighting course for very enthusiastic to learn how to create fire caveman style.

Generally, Axe & Paddle Bushcraft courses include Brain Tanning, Fire Lighting, Jewellery Making, Leatherwork, Moccasin Making, Paddle Making, Shelter Building and Base Camp Skills, Spoon Carving, and Traps and Snares.

Axe & Paddle Bushcraft also sell handcrafted items such as bone carvings, green wood furniture, jewellery, leatherwork and wood as well as working on bespoke commissions.