Two wonderful days of very hard working and enthusiastic folks up at the forest. We led on Natural Shelter building techniques to enable the guys to raise a framework from 5-7 ft hazel Y-sticks and 9 ft ridgepoles to replicate traditional style Stone Age shelters used whist hunting the migrating herds. They used more hazel rods to lean against the ridgepole to provide a side-matrix from woven through willow strands and then covered over with masses of brakens, firns and large leaves to a depth making rainfall virtually impenetrable! Next up was making their willow arrow shafts, adding flights and decorating them, then it was off around the forest in groups scavenging and foraging for an array of items, both foodstuffs and fire-making materials! We showed them how fire was created during the ancient times and enabled them to ‘have-a-go’ with more modern spark making tools, to give them a feel for fire and it’s importance. Then it was bow making with more hazel rods and finally a whole class shoot off, with everyone getting to shoot their arrows off at the wild-boar target! Loads of questions were thoughtfully put before us to answer, all about the life our ancestors led in the forests of Neolithic man. Cheers for coming along folks, see you all again soon! Take a look at these photos for inspiration!