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Monday, 18 May 2015

Bushcraft at the Reaseheath Family Festival

Yesterday I was at the Reaseheath Family Festival representing the countryside management department delivering some bushcraft activities on the main lawn. It was a really busy day and lots of people came to learn about prehistoric shale bead construction from Dr Peter Groom. 

There was also an opportunity to learn about wild UK deer, their antlers, teeth and behaviour and for people to have a go at friction fire lighting, flint and steel fire lighting and green wood carving.

I had some really good conversations with people about the history and ecology of deer in the UK and about different methods of friction fire lighting. 

Our 'deer table' each of the UK deer was represented at the bushcraft stand and visitors had a chance to identify the different exhibits and even learned how to age deer just from their teeth. if you are visiting the bushcraft show this weekend there will be another opportunity to do this at the Bushcraft Education stand. 
Pete drills the hole in a shale bead with a knapped flint drill. 

The Countryside Department Stand

A simple spoon. 

There are still places on the New Bushcraft Course offered by Reaseheath College which starts in September. It will be perfect for anyone interested in teaching bushcraft or going on to study archaeology at University. APPLY NOW!!  

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