About Bushcraft Ventures
Established in 2003, by our head instructor Lawrence Clark, in order to provide a more professional approach to teaching Bushcraft & Survival skills and knowledge.
Our courses are designed around a ‘hands-on’ and practical approach, teaching by ‘doing’ and ‘living with the skills’, and not long winded lectures. We believe that this approach enables each student to learn more quickly and thoroughly, and ensures that they have the abilities to meet the goals of the training given.
We believe that just having excellent Bushcraft & Survival skills, does not make a good Bushcraft Instructor. In order to teach you must have a unique set of teaching skills and knowledge, as well as, the correct personality and temperament. Our head instructor has nearly 30 years experience in coaching and teaching, and has general sports coaching, BAWLA and canoe instructor qualifications. He has taken his teaching knowledge and experience, to provide a range of courses, that enable all.
Our Head Instructor, Lawrence Clark is recognised as a leading authority in Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival in the UK, Sweden and Norway. In 1991 he attended his first bushcraft course which was lead by Ray Mears. From 2000 to 2006 he work for BBC TV Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival presenter Ray Mears.
During his time working for Ray, Lawrence instructed and led various courses ranging from basic to advanced bushcraft, junior and family courses, campcraft, tracking, primitive technology and arctic bushcraft. Lawrence has also taught bushcraft, survival & primitive skills to instructors throughout the UK, as well as UK, US and Scandinavian forces and elite forces.
In 2004 Lawrence's hard work was rewarded when he was presented with the "Ray Mears Instructors Knife". He is the only person in Scotland and one of only handful of people in the UK to receive this recognition.
During the winter periods Lawrence can often be found in the far North of Scandinavia, where he runs Bushcraft & Survival courses, and has spent long periods of time with the Sami reindeer herders and assisting to teach dog sledging.
Lawrence has a real love and enthusiasm for this subject which he studies, practices and teaches on a full-time basis. These attributes along with his calm and relaxed demeanour, great sense of humour and his passion to pass on the knowledge and skills of this wide ranging subject make him the ideal bushcraft & survival instructor.
His successful and proven career in Bushcraft has taken Lawrence to many other countries such as Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Norway and France.
Requested a whole day booking on short notice just before Christmas - and Lawrence was kind enough to accommodate! Wasn't sure what to expect, as this was my first attempt at bushcraft woodwork - we started the day off having a chat and a doodle; cup of tea and some homemade cake... we then had a talk about the different tools and safe handling before spending the rest of the morning roughing out a log you'd typically stick on the fire - really enjoyed this aspect as axe work can be quite a challenge and i learned some finesse. Delicious homemade soup for lunch before moving onto knife work and attempting to turn my 'spoon' into something usable! The process was harder than I thought, but made possible with guidance, and thoroughly enjoyable. I can't say my first attempt is pretty, but I use it when cooking as it's very satisfying.
I really wanted to learn spoon carving, and Lawrence was able to organise a class in the small window of time that was available to me. Not only that, the class was held in a beautiful outdoor location. Lawrence brought everything and made me feel very at home and comfortable, instruction was top-notch - complete, clear and emphasized safety (so important when working with sharp tools). He brought some beautiful examples for inspiration too. And at the end of the day I had a spoon to take home and show to some very curious relatives :) i am a very happy customer!