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Bushcraft Magazine's
Expert Writers

Meet the team of Bushcraft Experts behind the magazine.

 

Ben & Lois Orford  - Knives & Axes
Ben & Lois Orford - Knives & Axes

Ben and Lois Orford live amongst the rolling hills of Herefordshire on a small farm with their dog, 6 chickens and 300 newly planted trees to look after. Their work lives are spent, making tools and leatherwork for bushcraft, woodcraft and green woodwork enthusiasts. Ben makes the tools and Lois make the leather sheaths to house them. On the farm they have a modern indoor workshop on two levels and an outdoor green woodwork workshop where we make chairs, benches and bowls and run courses during the summer time. www.benorford.com

John 'Lofty' Wiseman

Lofty Wiseman served with 22 SAS for over 26 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant-Major and ran the SAS selection course and the Survival School, ensuring that the standards for the SAS remained high. After he retired, he wrote The SAS Survival Handbook, first published in 1986, selling over 2 million copies, it has been translated into 18 different languages and adapted for the Collins Pocket Guide and iPhone App selling hundreds of thousands each year.

Fergus Drennan - Wild Food
Fergus Drennan - Wild Food

Fergus is perhaps better knows as the 'Road Kill Chef'. His interest in the natural world began early. As a boy he roamed countryside armed with his favourite I Spy editions to identify butterflies, moths and plants. However, while most youngsters would very likely have stopped there, Fergus began studying natural history books to discover the culinary and medicinal uses of the plants he found growing in the wild, and he often sampled their flavours on his way. Today wild food is his life. www.wildmanwildfood.com

Perry McGee – Tracking

Son of the late Eddie McGee, Perry is no stranger to the wilds. With over 40 years experience in survival training and leadership, he has endured survival training and situations in all types of terrain and climates, gaining knowledge of survival scenarios all over the world. Perry loves helping others learn these skills and willingly assists others where possible. Perry is founder of the National Tracking School and author of a number of books including The Tracking Handbook. www.nationaltrackingschool.com

Paul Kirtley – Advanced Bushcraft

Owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft Ltd. Paul, also a Mountain Leader was previously Course Director at Woodlore Ltd. He spent 10 years studying and training under the guidance of world-renowned bushcraft expert Ray Mears, first as a student on his courses, then as an employee. Paul is one of only a few people who have been recognised by Ray Mears as a bushcraft instructor, being awarded the celebrated antler-handled Woodlore instructor's knife. www.frontierbushcraft.com

Tim Gent – Canoe Adventurer

Happiest living in a tent somewhere close to both sea and mountains, Tim paddles and clambers in search of our remaining wild and inspiring places, documenting these experiences so that others might be encouraged to follow. A very enjoyable role of course, but one also undertaken in the belief that a better understanding of these fragile landscapes might offer the best chance for their survival, and ours.

Jason Ingamells - How-To
Jason Ingamells - How-To

Jason's interest in Survival was sparked as a child when he went on his first aid course, rushing straight out afterwards to buy Lofty Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook and all the kit he could purchase! However as he developed an understanding of what nature could provide he soon understood that it was the knowledge he held in his head and not the gear in his pack that was all the essential kit he needed. www.woodland-ways.co.uk

John Rhyder - Camp Craft
John Rhyder - Camp Craft

John is both the founder and head instructor at Woodcraft School. He is a naturalist, woodsman and craftsman and has a long, impressive pedigree in all aspects of outdoor life. He has worked as an arborist, green woodworker, charcoal burner and hedgelayer and has always been heavily involved in conservation management.The school and John have been featured on television, written about in national and local newspapers, and have taken part in many interviews for national radio. www.woodcraftschool.co.uk

Fraser Christian - Coastal Survival
Fraser Christian - Coastal Survival

You may have seen Fraser on the River Cottage TV Programmes, he has an instinctive understanding of and respect for nature and the elements. As a founder of Coastal Survival School, qualified chef, nutritionist, and instructor for River Cottage fish-based events, wild food and outdoor cooking are his passion. Fraser holds an MCA Commercial Endorsed Skippers License, as well as RYA Sea Survival and First Aid at Sea qualifications. www.coastalsurvival.com

Ian Nairn - Bushcraft on a Budget
Ian Nairn - Bushcraft on a Budget

'Make do and Mend' is Ian's Philosophy. He is a dab hand at all things creative, and would be a match for any skilled seamstress! His innovative ideas can save you pounds, showing you how to make kit from things that you might find lying around. Ian is constantly on the lookout for items to re-use or turn into something for bushcraft use. He also has a long-standing interest in and extensive knowledge of woodcraft and green woodworking, which, combined with his other skills, makes for some great money-saving tips!

Grant Neale - Kit Review
Grant Neale - Kit Review

Rhodesian born and bred, Grant now lives and works in the UK serving as a British police officer with over 17 years experience. The last 12 years he have been as a police firearms officer including being a national rifle officer (sniper). Grant more than enjoy the outdoors, camping, and fishing with his family living life to the full.

Tristan Gooley - The Natural Navigator
Tristan Gooley - The Natural Navigator

Tristan's passion for the subject of natural navigation stems from his hands-on experience. He has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted a small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. Prior to setting up his school Tristan gained extensive experience in the travel industry and is currently the Vice Chairman of Trailfinders. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. www.naturalnavigator.com

Joe O'Leary – Field Writer
Joe O'Leary - Field Writer

Throughout his life Joe has had a strong passion for the 'great outdoors' and an overwhelming desire to learn everything there is to know about self reliance in the wilderness.This desire to accumulate knowledge, coupled with his woodworking skills and military experience prepared him to teach bushcraft and survival skills, which he has done since 2002. He now runs ‘Wilderness Survival Skills’ where he, with a number of other experts in their fields runs bushcraft courses.www.wilderness-survival.co.uk

Dave Watson - Fire Lighting
Dave Watson - Fire Lighting

Regarded within the 'Bushcraft Community' as a friction fire lighting expert, Dave Watson shares his expertise as our writer and in his established bushcraft school. Dave and the team at Woodland Survival Crafts also offer one-to-one courses, accredited courses for young people, corporate events, personal mentoring and instructor training; they can be seen demonstrating bushcraft skills at various shows around the Country. www.woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com

Andrew Price - Hunter Gatherer
Andrew Price - Hunter Gatherer

Growing up on the Gower peninsular certainly helped to nurture Andrew's love of the great outdoors. Andrew Price has travelled extensively throughout many parts of the World and has spent every spare moment learning the skills of Bushcraft and wilderness survival. It was working as an outdoor pursuits instructor that determined the start of Dryad Bushcraft where he shares his expertise with many. www.dryadbushcraft.co.uk

Pablo - Wild Life
Pablo - Wild Life

Pablo is a life-long wildlife enthusiast. He has a military and law-enforcement background and has a wide range of teaching and training qualifications. He uses a combination of bushcraft, tracking and field craft skills to get close to wildlife. He has tracked wildlife in various locations around the world including Southern Africa. Pablo runs Woodlife Trails; a Bushcraft and Tracking school and Woodlife Social Network, a site dedicated to wildlife, tracking and bushcraft.

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