In mid October, after a weekend spent teaching indoors, we found ourselves back in the woods setting up for our third annual Axcellent Adventure; two full days of wild camping, camp fire cooking and a thorough introduction to the art of axing thus encapsulating everything we enjoy doing in the woods.Read More
Welcome to the Logbook; a place for us to share our adventures, outdoor knowledge and campfire recipes, along with insights into the way we make our products and the work we do around our woodland studio.
The axe was the tool that set us on our journey into woodworking and forestry. The skills it taught us gave us a sense of self reliance in the great outdoors and shaped the way we view the landscape. Many years later we're delighted to have our very own model of this wonderful outdoor tool!Read More
All around us here in the woods, autumn is making its presence felt; vivid green leaves are slowly yellowing, robins are singing their melancholy song, acorns are raining down from above and flowers have transformed into colourful, shiny alluring fruits.Read More
The first weekend in September saw us packing up our woodcarving tools, tent and camping essentials and boarding a flight to Amsterdam to attend the first ever Campfire Stories, a micro festival in The Netherlands where we were to teach 2 woodcarving workshops and tell our story around the campfire.Read More
After a visit during Emma's pregnancy in early 2016, we returned to the western fjords of Norway this year to introduce our now 10 month old son to the wild sights and sounds of Norway and to give ourselves the chance to further hike, explore and absorb the majesty of the Norwegian landscape.Read More
Every spring, the woodland floor around our little barn explodes in a riotous display of purple as bluebell flowers emerge from their slumbering bulbs, covering nearly every inch of earth. Although we’ve witnessed this spectacle many times it never fails to astound. This year we decided to mark the occasion by camping out in the woods during peak bluebell season...Read More
There’s nothing like the start of spring to inspire talks of a west country camping trip; after hearing rumours that fun waves, fine weather and good friends would all be making an appearance mid April we packed the truck, bundled up the baby and made an early morning start to Cornwall.Read More
This weekend saw the first of our Drawn to Nature workshops take place on a sunny Saturday in the woods. Drawn to Nature is a completely different kind of day to our usual woodcarving workshops and we were excited to get underway.Read More
Yesterday was the first truly warm day of spring so far; In the evening I took a short walk around the woods, chasing the fading orange light and taking mental notes on the activity of the fallow deer, when I heard a crackling, popping sound coming from the canopy. I looked up and around, expecting to see a grey squirrel munching on the pine cones but none could be found. No birds either. What could it be?Read More
In spring, as a tree awakens from its dormant winter state, water and nutrients begin to pump through the sapwood as sap. These nutrients are sent to the buds enabling them to unfurl and thus begins the process of new growth for that year. In this post we'll show you how to tap a birch tree for it's sap and how to make beer with the results.Read More
This year we headed into the woods for Pancake Day and ditched the classic sugar and lemon recipe in favour of a hearty sweetcorn, potato and cheese savoury lunchtime snack. We found this recipe online but omitted a few ingredients to make it easier to cook outdoors and added grated cheese because, well, cheese.Read More
As Christmas fast approaches and visions of anticipated feasting and merrymaking begin to fill our thoughts, we'd like to introduce you to our festive twist on the burrito, one of our favourite foods to cook outdoors. The Pheasantly Festive Burrito is a little like an entire Christmas dinner cooked over fire.Read More
As Christmas fast approaches and visions of anticipated feasting and merrymaking begin to fill our thoughts, we'd like to introduce you to our festive twist on the burrito, one of our favourite foods to cook outdoors. The Pheasantly Festive Burrito is a little like an entire Christmas dinner cooked over fire: plump and juicy pheasant, brussel sprouts, chestnuts, stuffing, potato and lingonberry jam all tightly wrapped in foil like a sparkling gift waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas Day.Read More
Marketing and communications strategy agency All Conditions Media came to us recently seeking a bespoke workshop for a team day out. ACM provide content and PR services for outdoor adventure and action sports brands and have worked for some of our favourites including Finisterre and Danner so we jumped at the chance to cook up a special day in the woods.Read More
This autumn has delivered the most riotous display of colour we have experienced since we moved into the woods. The weather at this time of year is typically characterised by deep areas of low pressure, all intent on ripping the leaves off the trees with their associated south westerly gusts before they reach their peak luminance.Read More
It's with great excitement that we can announce the launch of our 'Blank Canvas' rucksack made in collaboration with outdoors carry experts, Millican.
Our blank canvas conversation with Millican started over a year ago during the Keswick Mountain Festival. A few months later, we returned to the Lake District and Millican HQ for a weekend of campfires, cave exploration and hiking to help inspire us to develop a bag that best represented what we do here at Miscellaneous Adventures - the results of which we can finally share with you today.