Your opportunity to get up close and personal with some of todays leading Bushcraft instructors, each Masterclass is an in-depth session designed to give you focussed, comprehensive hands-on instruction. Masterclasses run throughout the weekend at the Gathering and numbers are limited to ensure you get the Instructors full attention.
You'll need to book your Masterclass in advance, at the same time as your weekend ticket is ideal. To avoid disppointment book early as they are well attended and places are usually filled quickly.
NOTE: Last chance to book Masterclass tickets in advance by Saturday 10th August 2019, and if by any chance there are any remaining places these will be available at the front desk from Thursday 15th August 2019, these will be sold on a first come first served basis.
2018 Masterclass * Friday 0830 - 1130
A great opportunity to gain some real insight and confidence using this method of friction firelighting. Dave Watson will demonstrate the Hand drill technique. You will gain an understanding about the materials and preparation that are required and then Dave will guide you through each step of the way until you get success after success.
Instructor: Dave Watson
2018 Masterclass * Sunday 1000 - 1300
How to apply the First Aid knowledge you have to the challenges of the remote environment. A practical participation session to enable the best decisions in the early phases of an incident.
Instructor: Ian Bonthrone
2018 Masterclass * Friday 1200 - 1500
Arrow making with Phil Brooke from Chosen Paths Bushcraft. Lecture on Arrow history and design past and present with a demonstration followed by YOU making your own arrow of choice with our guidance.
Instructor: Phil Brooke
2018 Masterclass * Thursday 1500 - 1800
Learn how to build a prehistoric charcoal fired bronze smelting furnace using only natural materials. Simon will guide you through the entire process from the materials and how to combine them to building and firing the furnace. With discussion along the way of some of the different styles that can be built and used.
Instructor: Simon Barnard
2018 Masterclass * Friday 1430 - 1730
Damp fire bread making from bread on a stick to a risen loaf - various ways.
Instructor: Chris Pryke
2018 Masterclass * Saturday 0900 - 1200
Learn how to make your own coastal long line fish kit and instruction on how to use it.
Instructor: Fraser Christian
2018 Masterclass * Saturday 1400 - 1700
Looking at techniques to navigate and find direction in remote areas. This will include how to use and understand a compass, making sense of a map and covering all the fine details, reading terrain. Finding direction without a compass and an in depth look at the shadow stick.
Instructor: Jack Hendry
2018 Masterclass * Sunday 1100 - 1400
Learn the effects of nuclear weapons, why a Dirty Bomb will not kill thousands, how to survive nuclear radiation whether from a nuclear accident, a terrorist attack on a power station or from a nuclear detonation. From Tom Linden, an N.C.O. instructor with the Royal Observer Corps for 12 years specialising in the Effects of Nuclear Weapons. He was a North Yorkshire County Council Community Defence Adviser for 4 years and helped to provide the countries first ever emergency survey of a town to provide an action plan for that community, that town was Harrogate. Tom is the author of The Complete Nuclear Survival Guide
Instructor: Tom Linden
2018 Masterclass * Saturday 1230 - 1530
Making a bone awl using stone age implements.
Instructor: Dr Theresa Kamper
2018 Masterclass * Saturday 1030 - 1330
Travel back in time thousands of years and learn how to make the oldest spark of fire with iron pyrites. Learn how to make natural tinder, trama and amadou from bracket and tinder fungi and how to travel with a burning ember. The tinder you make will be yours to keep.