Axemanship & Woodcraft
OCTOBER 22, 2022
The axe of our past may be essential to our future! Whether you plan to build a traditional log cabin in the woods or just process firewood around camp, you will learn why the ax is the most important woodsman tool.
In Axemanship and Woodcraft, we will use hands-on techniques to safely practice the following core ax skills: Tree felling, limbing, bucking, and splitting wood. We’ll also cover the history, selection, field sharpening and maintenance of axes. The under-appreciated ax serves not only as a woodsman’s lifeline, but a simple tool connecting your hands and heart to doing the stuff of self-reliance.
As a bonus, students will make their own hands-free ax sling to take home!
Meet the Instructor
Retired special education school teacher and life-long woodsman, Todd Walker, is the creator and author of over 600 articles on the popular blog site, Survival Sherpa. Todd Is also in the process of building his second traditional log cabin, by hand!
Class will take place at Basecamp, which is a short walk from the parking area.
The Porta-Potty is located about 100 yards from the class area.
Food and drinks are not included! We have additional Mountain House Meals available for sale in our Outpost. Potable water is available on the property.
Either a single bit ¾’s ax (boys ax) 24"-28" long or a full size ax 30"- 36". A few of both ax types will be available for purchase at the class.
A mask/sheath to cover the bit is required. A sturdy sheath made of leather or kydex - No cardboard and/or duct tape sheaths.
(Note: If you need an ax sheath, please let us know 4 days before the class and we will provide an expedient, temporary sheath for $10.00 at the class.)
Sharpening puck/stone and a mill bastard file
Leather work gloves
Comfortable, sturdy shoes/boots. Steel toed is not required. Open-toed shoes are not allowed.
Lunch and water for hydration.
Comfortable, layered clothing and rain gear appropriate for weather conditions.
Leather strop with green polishing compound
Sturdy fixed-blade knife
Rubber grip gloves (useful for wet, sweaty hands which are highly likely)
Shemagh/bandana (sweat towel)
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:
All students must read, agree, and sign our 2022 Liability Waiver prior to arriving on site.
1150 Carruth Rd Watkinsville, GA 30677
WHEN YOU ARRIVE:
Look for the signs directing you to the second driveway on your right next to the large barn and blue dumpster. Pull in past the Welcome Sign and park at the entrance of the trail straight ahead.
Grab your gear and follow the signs to Basecamp located about 200 yards down the main trail beyond the red gate. This is where the majority of class instruction will be throughout the weekend.
9AM: CLASS BEGINS
This is a relaxed class environment. Restroom & snack breaks are taken at your leisure. Instruction will continue at a moderate pass until noon.
12PM: LUNCH BREAK
We will break for a 30min lunch break.
4PM: CLASS COMPLETE
DUE TO INSURANCE PURPOSES, WE DO NOT ALLOW CAMPING ON-SITE AFTER THE CLASS IS COMPLETED.