Veidemann Bushcraft is a project whose goal is to reinstate the old, traditional primitive skills of wilderness survival or “bushcraft” in the Norwegian outdoors.
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include; firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others. These are the kinds of skills well known to our ancestors, many of which are still practiced today.
The term “bushcraft” originated in the 18th century, but in Scandinavia we have our own version, the “veidemann-culture”, referring to the hunters and trappers of our mountains and forests – true pioneers of the wild. My goal is to give people the tools they need to enter nature comfortably and effortless and in doing so establishing a close connection with nature itself.
In partnership with the YWCA & YMCA scouts of Norway I am currently working on tailoring a survival class for adult scout leaders keen on testing their mettle in the woods, as well as sharing what they know about the natural environment with others. The first course open to the public is scheduled for autumn 2014…