The History of Bushcraft
Bushcraft is a popular term for wilderness survival skills. The term was popularised in the Southern Hemisphere by Les Hiddins (the Bush Tucker Man) as well as in the Northern Hemisphere by Mors Kochanski and recently gained considerable popularity in the United Kingdom due to Ray Mears and his bushcraft and survival television programs. It is also becoming popular in urban areas where the average person is separated from nature, as a way to get back in tune with their rural roots. The origin of the phrase ‘bushcraft’ is from skills used in the bush country of Australia. Often the phrase ‘wilderness skills’ is used as it describes skills used all over the world.
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include fire craft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, navigation by natural means, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, water sourcing, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, and rope and twine-making, among others.
Bushcraft has something of value for everyone, whether it’s to learn new skills, reconnect with nature or simply to to escape the pressure of modern life.
Join us on one of our bushcraft courses to find out what it is all about.