Axe Proficiency Certificate – Level 3 NCFE IIQ ACCREDITED

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The Aim of this course is to teach you how to select the correct axe for the job, use it safely and give you the hands on experience to feel confident that you can do everything you want to do with an axe.  The course is a practical course with full hands on experience.  You'll learn to make woodland workshops, tools and cords using your axe.  You'll also learn how to make charcoal.  The logs that you split will be put into a charcoal clamp and 'cooked' overnight.  The charcoal that you make will be yours to take home.

This is a hands on course.  Your instructors are there, but you will be making the charcoal and not just watching someone else do it.

  • Course: Axe Workshop and Charcoal Making Course
  • Dates:  7-9 July in Devon and 28-30 July in Staffordshire
  • Venue: Devon (Near Exeter - EX11 1LU) and Staffordshire (Near Burton upon Trent - DE13 9RW)
  • Times: 7pm on the Friday - midday on the Sunday
  • Ages: All ages above 14 years welcome

Additional Information

Course Dates

2016/08/05-07, 2016/08/05-07 Devon, 2016/08/05-07 Staffordshire, 2016/08/26-28 Devon, 2016/08/26-28 Staffordshire, 2016/09/02-04 Devon, 2016/09/03 – Devon, 2016/09/23-25 Staffordshire, 2016/09/24 – Staffordshire, 2016/09/25-27 Staffordshire, 2016/10/21-23 Devon, 2016/10/21-23 Staffordshire, 2016/10/28-30 Devon, 2016/10/28-30 Staffordshire, 2016/11/04-06 Devon, 2016/11/25-27 Staffordshire, 2017/02/03-05 – Devon, 2017/02/24-26 – Staffordshire, 2017/03/03-05 – Devon, 2017/03/24-26 – Staffordshire, 2017/04/07-09 – Devon, 2017/04/16-21 – Scotland, 2017/04/28-30 – Staffordshire, 2017/05/05-07 – Devon, 2017/05/26-28 – Staffordshire, 2017/06/02-04 – Devon, 2017/06/23-25 – Staffordshire, 2017/07/07-09 – Devon, 2017/07/28-30 – Staffordshire, 2017/08/04-06 – Devon, 2017/08/25-27 – Staffordshire, 2017/09/01-03 – Devon, 2017/09/22-24 – Staffordshire, 2017/10/06-08 – Devon, 2017/10/27-29 – Staffordshire, 2017/11/03-05 – Devon, 2017/11/12-17 – Scotland, 2017/11/24-26 – Staffordshire

Payment Options

Balance Payment £125, Deposit Payment £65, Full Course Payment £190

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DAYS AND TIMES 7pm FRIDAY to SUNDAY 12pm
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER 07786 436518
SAT NAV POST CODE EX11 1LU
DIRECTIONS FROM EXETER
From Exeter, take junction 29 on the M5 and head towards Honiton on the A30. About 8 miles from Junction 29 you will see a brown road sign showing the turning for Escot. Turn left off the dual carriage way, turn right off the slip road, turn right after you pass under the dual carriage way, take the second turning on the left following signs for Fairmile (do not go back onto the dual carriage way). Turn right opposite the Fairmile Inn. Drive into Escot (between the stone pillars) and then take the left hand fork to the restaurant car park.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST
Follow the A303 to the A30. Drive past Honiton. When you leave the built up area of Honiton, take the first slip road off the A30. Escot is marked on a brown road sign. Turn left at the end of the slip road. Keep going until you drive past a Memorial. Take the next left following signs for Fairmile (do not go back onto the dual carriage way). Turn right opposite the Fairmile Inn. Drive into Escot (between the stone pillars) and then take the left hand fork to the restaurant car park.
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DAYS AND TIMES 7pm FRIDAY to SUNDAY 12pm
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER 07786 436518
SAT NAV POST CODE DE13 9RW
DIRECTIONS FROM THE SOUTH
M42 - J9 - A446 - A 38 - Burton-on-Trent / Branston Junction. First left off island towards Tatenhill. Straight over cross roads in Tatenhill, to Rangemore village. We will meet outside the Church in Rangemore.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH EAST
M1 to J24A. A50 to A38. South to Burton-on- Trent / Branston Junction. Third exit off island towards Tatenhill. Straight over cross roads in Tatenhill, to Rangemore village. We will meet outside the Church in Rangemore.
DIRECTION FROM THE NORTH WEST
M6 to J15 A500/A50 towards Uttoxeter / Derby. Turn onto the A515 at Sudbury heading for Lichfield. Come through Draycott-in-the-Clay, up the hill and take the second left at the six-lane junction onto the B5017. Follow this road towards Burton-on-Trent until you come to a traffic island with a Jet garage. Turn right towards Rangemore with the New Inn car park on your left. Take the next left and we will meet outside the Church in Rangemore.
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Friday's Itinerary

  • 7:00pm Safety Brief
  • 7:30pm Make camp
  • 8:00pm Axe anatomy
  • 8:30pm Axe selection
  • 9:00pm Axe makes and styles

Saturday's Itinerary

  • 8:30am Tree ID – with special reference to charcoal and burning as well as construction
  • 10:00am Axe Safety
  • 10:30am Round splitting
  • 11:00am Charcoal making
  • 2:00pm Felling, Snedding and splitting
  • 5:00pm Faggots, pimps and benders
  • 7:00pm Axe sharpening

Sunday's Itinerary

  • 8:30am Making saw horses, cords and workshops, pointing and bevelling
  • 11:00am Open up Charcoal Clamp, bag up charcoal, bag it and take it home.
  • 12:00pm All good things must come to an end.  Course departs.

This is also the ideal opportunity to 'try before you buy' for the axes.  There will be a selection of axes available to use and also for sale afterwards. The itinerary may change depending on the weather, but all subjects will be covered.

Please click here for Axe Proficiency Learning Outcomes

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Suitable outdoor clothing (see below)
Sleeping bag
Insulated sleeping mat
Knife, fork, spoon, mug, bowl and plate
Water bottle (1 litre mineral water bottle will do)
Head torch with fresh batteries & 1 spare set
Wash kit & towel
Pair of gardening gloves or similar for shelter building
Whistle
Personal toiletries & medication (to include toilet paper, sunscreen, insect repellent and lip salve)
Antibacterial wipes/soap
Tea or Coffee + whitener
Small first aid kit (plasters, bandages, headache pills etc.)
Spare change of clothing
Camera + Notebook + pen (optional)
Hammock, Tarp or Tent
Whistle
Axe (If you have one please bring it - if not one will be supplied)
Sheath Knife (If you have one please bring it - if not one will be supplied)
Saw (If you have one please bring it - if not one will be supplied)
Crook Knife (If you have one please bring it - if not one will be supplied)
Billy Can and Stove
Folding Chair (Staffordshire only)

Outdoor clothing

Outdoor clothing should be tough and comfortable. Wearing several thin layers is better than a few thick layers. A waterproof jacket and several sweatshirts underneath are sufficient. Jeans should not be worn, as they are slow to dry, clinging and cold. Natural colours or camouflage will give you a better chance of spotting wildlife. Walking boots are ideal, but wellies in wet weather and trainers in dry weather will suffice.

Food

You will also need to bring food for the weekend (2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 2 x evening meals). You can cook over the camp fire, or you can bring your own stove. Hot water is provided as the kettle will be over the fire all through the course.

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Instructions

You will not be posted any instructions.  Everything you need to attend the course is on this webpage and on the email that you will receive.  If you require anything further, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we'll be glad to assist.

Feedback and Complaints

Any feedback from you course is always welcome. If you have a complaint it should first be raised with the instructor running the course. If you are still not happy, please contact us in writing at the address above. We will always strive to amend our courses for the best experience for all concerned.

Insurance

Our public liability insurance is with Lloyd's and the policy number is T2015031913130358.