Since a small boy I have been running away to the woods to build dens and rope swings; some may say I've never grown up, but my rope swings have got a lot bigger and my 'dens' have become far more habitable, so certainly something has changed.
I have always had a passion for wild places and spending time in them; bushcraft for me is a way of being comfortable and feeling at home in wild places.
As a child the subject for me and my friends came under the heading of 'survival' and books by the likes of Lofty Wiseman and Eddie McGee were high on my Christmas list. However, survival implied a sense of 'how to get out of this alive', whereas I was in search of 'how can I stay here longer?' When Ray Mears appeared on TV in the early 90's and brought the term bushcraft to my attention, that became my subject of study.
In 2003 I attended a week long bushcraft course called the Woodlander which was run by Woodsmoke in the Lake District, the course was excellent and I'm happy to say I received a distinction. My learning accelerated from attending the course and later that year took a place on their Abo' course. Over the next few years I consolidated my learning with time spent in remote area's of England and Scotland as well as the Bahamas practicing the skills I had learned. In 2007 and 2008 I assisted the Woodsmoke team on many on their courses, further learning from a different perspective. I have also worked with other UK bushcraft schools including Bushtruck and Dryad Bushcraft.
I only spend a few days each week making knives as the majority of my time these days is dedicated to my twin girls. I am also a keen climber and can be often found training at Rokt my local climbing gym.