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You can email me using the address above, although I would prefer you contact me via Twitter if possible, you will like receive a faster reply from me via that means. You can contact me on Twitter @NaturlBushcraft or Private Message me our community Forum
 
If you have a question about Bushcraft or the Outdoors then please consider posting the question publicly in our forum as that way you get to call upon the wisdom of many knowledable folk and other people that are learning will also benifit from seeing your questions and the answers that come after. Unfortunately I cannot always answer individual questions as I receive lots and it would soon become a job in itself if I tried to answer them all.
 
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Comments (35)
35 Sunday, 19 July 2015 14:37
carole wan
hello, i just recently joined the website. i need your help if you can. I wish to make my networking with others who may help me. I am seeking to relocate elsewhere to live. Prefably in scotland, but, if not this,any other big outdoor seaside resort areas, e.g. wales. I am seeking either a group/ or with a female. My family members want me to be safe. I am wishing to learn fire-making without matches. I have the quartz stone, tried to use it, but of no avail. I am willing to learn new items providing they are interesting/different to learn. I am free to board elsewhere with no family ties. I have a folding bike as my transport. Can you help me please. from cas, " The bush craft lover" who just recently joined in on your site.
34 Monday, 08 June 2015 16:50
Ashley Cawley
Hi Mike,

Thanks for popping by and saying Hi, I'm well thank you. Yes we binned the FB side of things, I'm no longer on FB myself. I am on Twitter if you're on there? I understand about the Forum - to be honest I struggle to find the time for it myself. Busy with a new job and all.

I really should try to start making some more videos again! I'm glad you enjoyed them, did you see the latest one I did of Dave Budd forging that bearded Axe?

I hope you're well Mike.

Ash.
33 Saturday, 06 June 2015 23:40
Mike Mayo (Forum ID ShelterMe)
Hi Ashley,

I've been going over some older NBC youtube videos today and remembered how much I enjoy them. I just wondered how you were doing. I noticed you ditched Facebook a long while ago and I am not usually on the forum due to my schedule and family time. Hope all is good and that you are doing well.

Cheers, -Mike in the U.S. (mayo470@yahoo.com )
32 Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:38
Mr N Mistry
Dear Ashley & Forum members
I am heading down to Cornwall, Falmouth this summer 26 July - 1 Aug 2015 and me and my son are newbies to Bushcraft. Can you recommend a provider in the area who offer a day-long course on the basics like fire & shelter making, using tools, finding water, foraging, trapping game etc.? Any advice would be most helpful. thank you.
31 Tuesday, 06 January 2015 12:54
Andrew
Hi Ashley,

I am new member to the forum. When trying to add a post to the introduce yourself thread I noticed I don't have permission to post. I have scrolled through my emails to see if I hadn't pressed the activation email. I couldn't find one. I can log in but can't post. Could you or someone point me in the right direction please?

Thanks

Andrew
30 Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:52
Stephen Wardley
Hi Ashley.
Really like the website so I thought I would contribute.
I'm just getting into wild camping/bushcraft and will be making use of the tips in the videos.
One thing you could help with is when you are making your vids could you put up a caption on screen when you name something specific like a type of knot as sometimes it is difficult just to catch what is said, one example is the evenk knot, I thought for a while it was an event knot.
Good show otherwise. Regards, Steve
29 Monday, 15 July 2013 19:48
Barry
Thanks for your help

Barry
(Old Guard)
28 Monday, 08 July 2013 23:59
Jon Daniels
Leant a lot from your videos Ashley, so donating is the least I can do. Keep up the good work.

Jon.
27 Saturday, 16 February 2013 20:29
Gwyn
You have been on my favourites page for a while about time I coughed up. Thanks for all your work.
26 Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:01
Bill Johnson
Hi Ashley,
A truly inspiring site, wishing everyone here a very merry Christmas
best wishes
BJ
25 Monday, 19 December 2011 13:04
Simon Keyse
Merry Christmas to Natural Bushcraft and it's members.
24 Thursday, 11 August 2011 21:47
Moray Mcculloch
Hi Ashley,
This is a great site, I teach forest schools in the Scottish Borders and have used ideas from several of your features to teach the the kids.
Keep up the good work
Moray
23 Saturday, 23 October 2010 18:51
Steve ( Guernsey, Channel islands)
hoping to make it to one of your meets, wil there be one this side of christmas please, please?
22 Sunday, 18 July 2010 19:38
jenny wood
forgot to say contact me on jenilaity@hotmail.co.uk but put heading saying bout bushcraft scouts in case i accidently delete it in the junk box. thankyou
21 Sunday, 18 July 2010 19:37
jenny wood
hi everyone,
this site is just what ive been looking for it is fantastic. is there anyone out there that could instruct in cornwall that could possibly consider giving some of their time just for an evening with a local scout group near helston??
20 Saturday, 19 June 2010 21:02
Ian Morgan
Hi every one.
This is Taff Morgan (RAF Survival Instructor) .
I know a fair bit about survival (I had to put that in as my boss is sat behind me at the moment LOL), but very little about Bushcraft. I think this site is what I have been looking for for a long time. A group of like minded people who have a set of skills that they pass on for the love of it rather than to make a profit. I am currently running a course in the Mojave Desert in California(only in the hotel over the W/E while we wait for the next group of students, not doing a Bear, I swear). I look forward to meeting up with all of you in the near future and I hope that I have somthing of value to bring to the party.
Regards.
Taff
19 Thursday, 03 June 2010 22:17
Steven Boulton
Hi Ashley, love the site, nice to see people interested in the same kind of things im into. There are many sites on the web, but feel that you have put alot of thought into what you do and enjoy your videos. Well done keep up the good work!!!Just wondered,do you make a living from what you do? or is it a passion of yours that started as a hobby?
18 Sunday, 04 April 2010 22:06
neil newman
Hi guys,
just want to say how brillant i think your site is, and that i feel the same way about people learing for free! I have been studying bush craft for about 20 years and have done some survival courses, which cost a fortune!! I would love to pass on my bushcraft skill and knowledge to people for free, but don't have any land to teach on. Can you or any one out there help, I live in Wiltshire.
Many thanks, Neil.
17 Saturday, 03 April 2010 16:00
mandy Darwin
Hi Ashley,
is there info on May 2010 week end ,date and venue.
many thank.

p.s awesome site
16 Saturday, 30 January 2010 22:13
Neil Mead
Hi Ashley,

I have just found out the Mears is in Plymouth on the 13th March might be worth adding it to your events? www.explore-the-outdoors.com we could all meet up at the show!!!
15 Wednesday, 13 January 2010 16:50
Caroline Kay
Just been enjoying the video on Alexanders - I'd never considered eating the stems raw before, probably because I've tended to forage them in Spring when the taste is really quite strong, perhaps they are milder now?
Anyway, I've always cooked them a little like asparagus, and they are delicious with butter salt and pepper. Basic recipe is here:http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/miscellaneous/fetch-recipe2.php?rid=misc-boiled-alexanders-shoots
14 Saturday, 09 January 2010 21:09
GOT cut off, could,nt log back on again, as still loged in
13 Thursday, 24 September 2009 16:16
Hey Ashley, I ran across your great little bushcraft tool video on yooutube... I am wondering if you'd be willing to sell the green mora knife you featured in the video. That was my first bushcraft knife and they have discontinued that model, I'd like to get one for posterity. Please drop me an email if you might be interested... mmbackpacker AT hot mail DoT com

Thanks!
12 Tuesday, 15 September 2009 06:14
Ashley Cawley
Hi Malcolm, Im glad you like the site & thanks for leaving a comment!

And your not the only one learning all the time, I am too; the topic of the natural-world / bushcraft is never-ending, it's great! :) All the best,
11 Monday, 14 September 2009 21:26
malcolm rance
hi ashley
looking at your site for the first time and i think its great ,im allways learning all the time
keep it up
rancesid
10 Sunday, 02 August 2009 17:53
Hi, I saw your comments elsewhere about the imation disk stakka and tracked you to here. You said about clipping the springs slightly shorter.
Ive been struggling with my 7 units for ages and had tries everything I could think of., then I saw your note.
Please could you tell me - how much exactly did you chop off ? Does that make the springs hold the verticla gate just a little more open. and stop them blocking disks ?
my email address is mark.payne @ talk21 . com

Thanks for your help
9 Thursday, 09 July 2009 12:13
Paul White
Great site Ashley!
8 Sunday, 05 July 2009 14:09
Ash, nice movie of you last meet here.

I need to talk to you pretty urgently, can you give me a call as I have lost your number

cheers

Chris
7 Saturday, 27 June 2009 10:27
Ashley Cawley
Sure thing Dave, I'll checkout your account and drop you an email.
6 Saturday, 27 June 2009 10:22
Morning Ashley

I have opened an account and registered as per the Email but I can't log on...Help please...
5 Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:11
Hi Ashley
Great site - have been looking over it for a while as I'm planning a bushcraft camping trip around the start of July. I've just returned from a turtle conservation expedition around South America for the past few years and would like to show my friends back home the enjoyment of outdoor life for an evening!
So, as im turning 30 in July im setting up an evening camping with some friends.
I have seen you have some camping sites listed and looking around it seems to be tricky to find remote sites but still accessible.
It would be great to have your advice and we would return the favour with a nice donation.
I can be contacted on leehansonuk@hotmail.com I hope to hear from you soon Ashley and keep up the good work mate!
4 Monday, 13 April 2009 17:16
Carl Atkins
Hi Ashley, I have to agree with other comments on here that this is truly a fantastic site. I’m relatively new to Bushcraft but am very keen to learn more and this site seems to be a good starting point. I’m going to be buying a kit soon and your guide will help me loads. Do you know of any meetings in and around the West Midlands?

All the best,

Carl
3 Sunday, 05 April 2009 14:20
Hi Ashley,

this site just goes from strength to strength. Just to add to your piece on the Cornwall RV, we also have lots of sausages, if any of your attendees would like a taste of the real thing....

We are having Cornwall Wildlife Trust Easter Egg/Treasure hunt here on the 11th, and a Permaculture course too, but if possible I will be getting over to Trenowth while you are there.

All best

Chris
2 Wednesday, 01 April 2009 18:10
Ashley Cawley
Howdy! Thanks for getting in touch! Im glad you like the site and as for the Limpet shells; they have featured in a couple of my videos but yeah your write its a tip I should tell others about more I suppose! Hope your well. By the way if you sign up here on NaturalBushcraft once your logged in there's a chatbox that appears on the left and more features. Keep in touch, all the best, Ashley Cawley.
1 Wednesday, 01 April 2009 13:09
Hey Ashley,
just a quick admiration of your site, after the woodland ways weekend i thought i would come and have a look. Some very interesting articles on here BUT no mention of the limpets?!

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