Entering through the natural arches of our picturesque woodland walk not only reveals native trees of Hazel, Ash and Holly, it also leads visitors to our living, primitive craft village and tool museum known as Wolf’s Den. The Den is a hive of activity as villagers share with and educate visitors on their skills of wilderness survival and techniques in the art of Woodland Crafts.
Wood carving, Bow making, Forging, Willow Craft and Pole-lathe techniques are all skills that are in danger of becoming no more than historical lore. By sharing in their preservation, visitors of all ages are empowered to reconnect with their environment. Through twice daily demonstrations and two-hour long teaching courses at Wolf’s Den, visitors can open themselves up to their own creative potential through a hands on experience of tasks that can evolve into life long enjoyment.
The half hour demonstrations give visitors an over view of all that can be learned while spending time in Wolf’s Den. Each two hour educational training course focuses on one skill or technique and includes no more than five people ensuring individual attention throughout the learning experience. Projects that are completed during the courses include cup, bowl and spoon making using mainly birch, willow weaving a basket, walking stick making complete with either carved or antler handle. The villagers of Wolf’s Den pride themselves in having being both influenced and educated by indigenous Elders of North America known globally for their sustainable survival skills.