Last weekend I attended a primitive skills weekend run by Will Lord and John Lord + some of their friends. Here are John and Will exchanging tips on the hand-drill
I arrived early on Friday afternoon as food was being prepared for an evening meal
Once this rabbit had been gutted and skinned we made up a rack to suspend it over the fire to cook (we cooked Pike in the same way).
People continued to arrive throughout the evening
I had set up my parachute as a tipi for my shelter for the weekend and it was great to be able to lay in bed on Saturday morning testing out my new trangia stove to make coffee and fried breakfast.
I fried salami, mushrooms and spring onions on bannock bread and I must say that the stove performed extremely well.
The day started with some of us attempting to produce a coal with the hand-drill……unsuccessfully I might add!
Will lead the primitive theme for the weekend by dressing in his buckskin and leather clothing (including a really nice pair of Red Deer skin boots he had made)
After a chat and a brief about activities for the day around the campfire
some people started scraping deer skins ready for tanning.
As brains were being used for tanning the hides, they needed to be mashed up before they could be applied
Nick (a deer manager and stalker by trade) gave a demonstration on skinning a Roe deer with flint tools
and also butchering it with flint tools
and John was running a flintknapping workshop on making flint tools
For lunch we experimented with cooking shell fish on a burning log with a few embers on the top
which worked really well