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Making Woodland Crafts


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Patrick Harrison is an experienced outdoor learning educator and trainer of Forest School Leaders. He is an accomplished illustrator. This book developed from working and playing with both adults and children in woodlands for years. With a genuine passion and skill for inspiring love and respect for the natural world, this book is intended to be the first in a series devoted to various aspects of woodland crafts.


Making Woodland Crafts is a well-produced and illustrated handbook by Forest School Educator Patrick Harrison. His ideas will be too basic for some people (e.g. making a tripod by tying three sticks or a blow pipe by removing the pith from an elder twig) but even those who have done these many times before might find it helpful to be reminded of possibilities before going out to the woods with a group. Patrick Harrison is also the illustrator and you feel sure he has done everything in it himself and it will work. He happily mixes the practical (camp furniture, ladder, stargazing chair) and purely decorative (bracelets, necklaces, festive candles) as do forest cultures the world over. Adults and children love using tools and the Forest School approach is to introduce knives, saws and axes at the appropriate stage and to provide practical instructions to minimise risk. But you can't learn how to use a tool properly from a book so it is an ideas kit for leaders rather than a teach yourself manual. -- Ian Edwards

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