Bushcraft with David Willis provides wilderness living skills, nature connection and woodland crafts. David runs scheduled courses throughout the year, with activities to suit all ages, abilities and needs!

NB. Dates are being organised for 2023, with course and events starting in the New Year, yes I know it’s not far away, and some are wanting gifts for Christmas – please subscribe to receive dates as soon as they are announced. Many thanks!

COVID-19 Update: Bushcraft with David Willis is OPEN with courses and events throughout 2022! See COVID-19 update page for details of changes that make for a stress free, fun, informative and educational woodland experience!

Why David? He has been teaching Bushcraft since 2010. He trained with some of the most respected, knowledgeable and experienced in Bushcraft, spent a year studying many aspects of this craft, and continues to engage in on-going professional development. Above all he loves his job, being outdoors close to nature, sharing and teaching.

David teaches small groups, his classes have just four participants. He finds this works well for those who join him in the woods, providing a more personable woodland experience, with a nice balance of instruction and guidance. For those who would prefer more personal tuition, David also offers one-to-one instruction.

Find out more; articles and stories in the press, including The Guardian, appearances on radio and TV, including the BBC, on David’s about page!

David Willis the woodsman
David Willis – a happy woodsman by the campfire, awaits your company…

Bushcraft 101 – Woodland Weekend

Have you got an adventure planned and want to learn a few skills or just want to be confident when out in the wilds. These wilderness living skills will provide confidence and the inspiration to spend more time outdoors, expect to be learning tool use; knives and saws, creating a successful campfire, building cosy shelters and finding water and making it safe to drink – find out more about the Bushcraft 101 – Woodland Weekend course.

Woodland parachute camp - our Bushcraft classroom in the wilds of the Chilterns
Our classroom in the woods – a large cargo parachute suspended from high up in the trees, with benches to sit on and the kettle simmering on the campfire.

Find out more about a Bushcraft 101 – Woodland Weekend course – click here!

Fire and Feast – Campfire Cookery

Enjoy learning the art of making tasty meals over a campfire with less reliance on modern gadgetry and of course feasting on the results – find out more about the Fire and Feast course.

Ponassed trout, a wonderful way to cook fish
Ponassed trout, a wonderful way to cook fish

Find out more about a Fire and Feast course – click here!

Campfire Bread Baking

Bread baking as it’s meant to be, in the outdoors, baked on a campfire! The fresh air scented with aromas of freshly baked bread, smell of the campfire and the taste of warm bread – find out more about the Campfire Bread Baking course.

Fresh baked bread and butter
Freshly baked load of bread served with a healthy portion of butter

Find out more about a Campfire Bread Baking course – click here!

The Art of Fire – Fire by Friction

Learn different methods to create fire, modern and primitive,  fire-steels through to fire-by-friction and make your own bow-drill kit to practice with and take home – find out more about the Art of Fire – Fire by Friction course.

Fire created using fire-by-friction method
An ember created using a bow-drill has been successfully blown into flame!

Find out more about an Art of Fire – Fire by Friction course – click here!

Whittling and Woodcraft – Spoon Carving

Another favourite, learning about the trees and the properties of their wood, before harvesting some and then carving beautiful and functional utensils such as spoons and other woodland crafts – learn more about Whittling and Woodcraft – Spoon Carving course.

Wood carving tools by knife by Mora and crook knife by Ben Orford
Ben Orford, a make of knives in the UK, makes lovely knives that are a pleasure to use.

Find out more about a Whittling and Woodcraft – Spoon Carving course – click here!

Family Bushcraft – Nature Connection

This Bushcraft experience is aimed at families with young children (there is no minimum age). It is all about having fun in the woods; learning about campfires, and keeping safe, baking bread, foraging in the woods, crafts and games that will help connect your family more closely with nature.

Family Bushcraft - Time together in nature
Time together in nature – building a shelter, making a campfire and toasting marshmallows

Find out more about Family Bushcraft – Nature Connection – click here!

Woodland Walks

A favourite with families, David’s guided woodland walks take you on a journey through the Chilterns, learning about the trees and plants of the woodlands – find out more about these Woodland Walks and book places.

June - A favourite throughout the year, my guided woodland walks
June – A favourite throughout the year, my guided woodland walks

Join David for a Guided Woodland Walk – click here!

Woodland Experience Gift Vouchers

Yes, you can provide the gift of a woodland experience for your friends and love ones or perhaps put them on your list for others to get you! Gift vouchers can be personalised too just ask when making your purchase. Thank you.

Trout with salad and freshly baked bread - lunch in the woods
Woodland Experience – Fire and Feast with bread baked over the campfire, ponassed / butterflied trout and a mixed salad

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