2008 Andy formed Natures Craft after spending much of his life
fascinated by the outdoors and nature.
From a very young age,
through his parents and then Scouting, Andy spent a lot of his
time in the countryside, farmland and woodlands around Hampshire
building dens, lighting fires and learning about our trees,
plants and wildlife. This early grounding in the outdoors and
scouting skills planted a seed that Andy would return back to in
his early adult years and by the time Andy was in his late
teens/early twenties had started to develop a strong interest in
bushcraft and wilderness living skills.
Fascinated by the endless
number of tributaries connected to the subject of bushcraft,
Andy began to formalise his interests in this area and increased
his knowledge further through spending several years training
with some of the leading bushcraft practitioners and instructors
throughout the UK.
Despite now working in an
office in the IT industry, Andy’s passion for the outdoors
remains and has for the last 8 years been instructing bushcraft
alongside working in IT – something that leaves his colleagues
bemused at his ‘odd’ interests and skills.
As well as having many years
of experience in lowland woodlands throughout Southern England,
Andy has also studied and practised bushcraft and survival
skills in other regions of the UK including isolated and remote
parts of Scotland and Wales and throughout England's National
Parks. Andy has also spent time in Sweden both during the
Spring and Summer paddling canoes on the lakes of Värmland and
also dog sledding on the frozen lakes and forests in Norrbotten,
inside the Arctic circle, during the Winter months. Here he
learnt Scandinavian wilderness living techniques and crafts
particular to these areas but still very transferable to the
Andy particularly enjoys the
crafting side of bushcraft and can often be found carving,
whittling, and weaving a new project…or failing that he will be
found near the campfire cooking up a tasty meal. Most of all
through Andy enjoys nothing more than helping others acquire
these amazing skills and develop a thirst for the subject too,
be that students on courses or his own two young children.
Andy holds an NCFE Level 3 in Woodland
Crafts, the Institute of Outdoor Learning
Competency Certificate, First Aid at Work and Wilderness
Advanced Emergency First Aid certificates and Level 2 Food
Safety and Hygiene certificate.
Stan has been interested in bushcraft since 1999 when it first
inspired him to get out and spend more time in the woods as well
as spending time in the Brecon Beacons and North Wales to learn
new skills and practice existing ones. Stan first came to
Natures Craft in 2010 with his son Owen on a family course. He
then became a frequent student with Natures Craft and joined as
an assistant instructor in 2012.
Stan has a HND in Woodland Management and Arboriculture obtained
at Bangor University. Stan has a strong interest in traditional
woodland management practises such as coppicing and hedge laying
as well as new methods of continuous cover forestry (CCF).
Stan has previously worked as a cabinet maker, making bespoke
furniture for interior designers but now pursues woodworking as
a hobby and enjoys turning wooden bowls and cups on his lathe,
getting a great sense of satisfaction seeing them put to use
rather than sat on coffee tables or mantelpieces.
is Andy's older brother and has been helping with Natures Craft
since its beginnings in 2008. Growing up in Hampshire with
Parents with backgrounds in permaculture and farming, and also
involved in Scouting,
he spent a lot of his time in the countryside, farmland and
woodlands around Hampshire building dens, lighting fires and
Through Andy, Paul was reintroduced back to camping and
then bushcraft and now assists with the camp duties and provides
many of the excellent meals, including freshly baked bread,
served on most of the courses.
Paul also has a Son, Kieran, who joins Paul on some of the
courses and is quickly learning, and often helping re-teach,
wilderness living skills.
passion for the outdoors started at a very early age where he
spent a lot of time in the local woodland where he grew up
shelters and hideaways from just the basic materials provided by
nature. Back then it was just regarded as using ones imagination
having a bit of fun but now Mike sees this as having
started to tap into the skills we would all have had several
hundred years ago before modern life took over.
Later in life this enjoyment of the outdoors has taken Mike on
many adventures including extended wilderness living in the
remotest parts of Scotland, climbing in Wales and other parts of
the UK, and tracking big game in Africa.
Mike spends as much time as he can studying and extending his
own outdoor skills and above all else spending time teaching his
children about the wonders of nature and the splendor of the
world in which we live.
Willis is an experienced greenwood craftsman and artist, specialising in
bespoke furniture and larger outdoor installations. He learned
his craft during an apprenticeship with Herefordshire-based
greenwood legend, Mike Abbott.
Apart from making and selling
furniture, Ben has collaborated on large public art projects in
collaboration with Touch Wood Enterprises and Outdoor Culture.
He is passionate about introducing new people of all ages to the
joys of traditional woodcraft.
Karl runs the flint knapping
aspects on our primitive skills courses. Karl is a qualified and
experienced archaeologist who has devoted many years to the
study of prehistoric stone tool technology and
subsequently diversified into the experimental practice of most
areas of primitive skills, such as wood, bone, antler and
Karl was a bushcraft
instructor for almost three years with well known British
company, this enabled him to carry out what was essentially
‘experimental archaeology’ to test and evaluate the tools made
by our earliest to later ancestors.