Today was an exciting day as we welcomed two new practitioners to camp. Ross Burt a bushcraft and survival expert who has worked with Ray Mears arrived to share with adventurers the many ways of making fire - percussion, solar, friction, electric, chemical reaction and compression. We got to have a go with a variety of fire making devices before trying to light a piece of tinder using a bow drill.
Naomi from Creative Roots also came to camp to share her skills in felt making and taught campers how to card sheepswool and, using a large pebble, mould the carded wool into a useful pouch. The wool was made hot then cold and rubbed and smoothed until it all bound together into a thick and durable felt.
While some were making fire and felt others were learning green woodworking skills and others joined Tristan at the forge. The afternoon was spent kayaking along the river and cooking up delicious wood fired pizzas in the cob oven.
In the evening Ross taught everyone how some simple everyday objects could be used in a multitude of ways in a survival situation and a really clever way of telling which way is south using just a watch face. Tonight is the last night at base camp as tomorrow we decamp and head for a final night in the forest putting all of our firelighting, shelterbuilding and campfire cooking skills into practice with a wild wood sleep out!