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 Friday 11th August 2017, and if by any chance there are any remaining places these will be available at the front desk from Wednesday 16th August 2017, these will be sold on a first come first served basis.
2017 Masterclass - Friday 0830
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
2017 Masterclass - Thursday 1530
Advanced Casualty Assessment in the Wilderness will take current First Aid Course knowledge, irrespective of your level of training, and will help you to develop the skills to apply it to the challenges of the remote environment. We will investigate and treat differing scenario’s individually or as a group to discover the limitations and the practical aspects of Remote Casualty Care. You will gain valuable insight into the best decisions in the early phase on any medical incident.
Instructor: Ian Bonthrone
2017 Masterclass - Saturday 1530
'Working with Buckskin' class that covers stitching from a funtional and fancy angle, making leather lace by both modern and Stone Age means as well as patterning advice and how to deal with the unique behavioural characteristics and challenges that brain tanned leather presents as a material.
Everyone would make a bag, and a stitching reference card as a way of practicing the information.
Instructor: Dr Theresa Kamper
2017 Masterclass - Friday 1200
Primitive Skills with Will Lord. Will Lord excels in all aspects of primitive survival techniques including prehistoric cooking, preparing & using animal hides, butchery, cordage and shelters. In fact covering the entire spectrum of skills needed to survive any time before the end of the Bronze Age.
As an experienced prehistoric re-enactor & experimental archaeologist, he has rediscovered the secrets of our ancestors who were after all, the original survival experts.
2017 Masterclass - Saturday 1200
Bone is an excellent and ancient material to make useful things with, but unfortunately very few people work with it these days. During this Masterclass you will make a small jar or pot using deer, sheep or cow bone. You will learn how to prepare the bone by cleaning and scraping it, before carving a lid and bottom from wood. Bone jars and pots were typically used for keeping salt, needles, salves, fish hooks and other small objects in.
Instructor: Willow Lohr
2017 Masterclass - Friday 1530
Jason Ingamells will demonstrate how to create this most vital of equipment for cold weather travel. Learn to size,cut and stitch your own whilst learning the significance of maintaining manual dexterity. (leather outers,wool inners)
Instructor: Jason Ingamells
2017 Masterclass - Saturday 0830
Learn how to make your own long line kit and instruction on how to use it.
Instructor: Fraser Christian
2017 Masterclass - Sunday 0930
Bone working using only flint tools? Morten Kutschera will cover the cleaning, preparation and construction aspects of bone working with a flint tool.
Everyone would go home with either a bone needle or a bone awl.
Instructor: Morten Kutschera
2017 Masterclass - Thursday 0830
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
2017 Masterclass - Thursday 1200
A chance to make a four legged greenwood stool to take away with you.
Instructor: Matt Lloyd