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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
If your certificate does not arrive with in 20 working days it is the responsibility of the learner to alert Survival School via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Certificates that are not handed out on the final day of the course are posted requiring a signature. A claim can only be made against Royal Mail with in 60 days of postage. Any replacement certificate will be charged at £35.
Our public liability insurance is with Zenith Insurance and the policy number is UK CCC 3002818.
Post Course Reading List
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