The aim of HowlBushcraft is to provide the elementary skills needed to spend time outdoors without the clutter of modern gadgets and gear. We look to nature to provide what we need, and the skill of our hands to craft it. We practice a high level of respect for the natural world, and always instill our sessions with the leave no trace ethos.
A woodsman since boyhood Jamie's interest in Bushcraft stemmed from desire to experience nature first hand as child. He now shares this passion by introducing people to natures subtleties and depth through craft and adventure.
I grew up around three miles from the nearest woodland. Every chance I got I'd walk the three miles to the wood to explore and camp out; with a typically over-sized rucksack and an excess of kit I quickly found myself looking for ways to lighten the load and improvise what I needed from nature. I read the books, and went cover to cover experimenting to find what worked for me and what didn't. It's that first hand experience I use to teach skills at Howl; I never teach anything I haven't vigorously used for myself. In adult life I worked since 2013 in supporting the YHA in their bushcraft provision, I provided their staff with specialist training to deliver simple but engaging bushcraft sessions for young people. In line with that I myself sought training and learned a great deal from Dave Watson, a Legend in the field, and passed my FBCC with the IOL.
My approach to bushcraft is an honest and simple one, I go out into the Nature to make journeys, and connect with the landscape I find myself in; in this way my bushcraft has been informed by expedience and practicality. In essence I look to knowledge, and then skills, which can be used to augment the connection with Nature and not impeach upon it. True bushcraft should always be subtle, in the background, and supportive. It is the foundation on which great adventure can be built.
Founder and Chief Instructor
Foundational Bushcraft Competency Certificate - October 2013 Institute of Outdoor Learning
Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) - May 2016 High Peak First Aid
Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hours) - May 2016 High Peak First Aid
Level 2 - Food Safety and Hygiene (Catering) - May 2015 City and Guilds Accredited
NNAS Silver Navigator Award - March 2015
Public Liability for an indemnity limit of £5,000,000 - Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited (Syndicate number 2003)
friends and associates
At Green Man Learning we see the natural world as a place of infinite potential; the potential to have adventures, to learn, to have fun, to be inspired, to create and the potential to change lives. Many children, families and adults no longer have the opportunity to spend time in nature and to experience the many benefits it can bring. It is our mission to provide the opportunity and the reason to spend time in the natural world helping everyone to learn to enjoy and respect nature.
We are an independent consultancy based in Shropshire specialising in 'making connections between people and nature'.
A range of services are available to our clients and we pride ourselves on a friendly and pragmatic approach.
“Many of the marvellous photographs and videos we use are taken by the brilliant Andrew Cutts. He’s a naturalist of the highest caliber and an adventurer. ” Jamie Dakota
Thirty years ago I decided never to do a days work I did not enjoy, I wanted to use mind, body and soul in my work and be close to nature. Whilst working for the National Trust in conservation forestry I was introduced to various traditional woodland crafts as we used the trees we felled to make styles, fences and bridges. In the evenings I worked with the wood and soon making wooden bowls and spoons became a passion bordering on obsession.
Robin Wood MBE
"I highly recommend Robin's range of wood carving tools. I exclusively use Robin's carving axe on all our craft courses as they are ideal for both beginners and experienced users. Robin is a wealth of knowledge on many areas of woods, crafts and their related history and has been a fantastic source of advice and inspiration." Jamie Dakota
"The Bushcraft Cave are an outdoor equipment specialist and online retailer for modern bushcrafters, outdoorsman, explorers, adventurers, campers and survivalists alike.
We pride ourselves on our exemplary product range, consisting of personally selected tried and tested products. Our team deliver exceptional customer service and are always happy to offer advice."
In collaboration with the excellent guys at the BushcraftCave I've selected a trio of key items which will prove most important as your make your first steps into the woods. The Howl Bushcraft Bundle is a collaboration listing with Howl Bushcraft. This kit includes a 14cm Zebra Billy Can, a Mora 840MG Clipper Companion Knife and a LMF 2.0 Army Firesteel. A perfect starter bundle for entering the world of bushcraft.
Jamie ran a tool use and greenwood working training day for us. He was professional, fun and highly informative. As the organiser for the day he made my job easy and was able to pitch the day at the exact right level for the participants. The feedback was excellent from everyone. So on behalf of Bradford community environment project and Bradford forest school network a big thankyouPosted by Jennifer Scott on Monday, 21 March 2016
“What a fabulous and chilled course , Jamie is patient, incredibly knowledgeable and very personable. Would highly recommend to anyone .Thanks again, I’m even going into the rain to collect more bramble to finish my basket off !! Vanessa”
“Easily one of the best courses I have been to, the woodland was beautiful yet easy to access - made even better by the snow on the second day. The way the course was delivered was easy to follow yet very detailed I left feeling very confident that I could take away the skills and actually use them - a rare thing. But what really made the weekend great was the food! Not only was the food great, but it was refreshing for meals to be prepared and eaten communally rather than everyone scurrying off to their own campsite to eat alone as usually happens on similar courses. I will definately be back to learn more! Peter F.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed this course yesterday (even in the rain!)- I’m a trainee Forest School leader and I needed to get some practical skills and this really helped give me the confidence I needed to develop my skills even further. I feel like I learnt loads in a day and Jamie was a very patient and flexible teacher. Excellent day, brilliant instructor, magical woodland. Hayley S”
“What a super duper day spent in the woods with the lovely Jamie Dakota from Howl Bushcraft! We made bramble baskets and yummy hawthorn leather! Top day!! Hayley G”
“I had a fab time helping to build the round house. As a Forest School practitioner, I decided to take part, not because I had any need to learn how to build a roundhouse but because I wanted to spend a chunk of time outside in the woods, doing something physical and constructive. I wanted to be with like minded people and to use a few new tools and to work on a large scale collective project. All of my needs were met. What was really pleasing was that with a group of 5 male and 3 women participants with two male trainers/leaders there was no ‘macho’ or shovenistic behaviour, not that I would have expected this from working with Tom, but there’s not accounting for participants from the general public. We all got on with the tasks e.g carrying heavy logs used as posts and beams for the main frame and using an axe and draw knives. A really enjoyable project to be involved in, with great hospitality and friendly and knowledgeable trainers. I’d happily sign up for another (winter might not be my preference!!)
Well done Tom and Jamie, good luck with more of the same
“I loved walking into the camp and being warmly welcomed. I can’t tell you how proud I was of making my spatula & spoons. It felt like a safe secure positive relaxed learning environment - all praise to you for making it that way.”
“Excellent. The course was planned & delivered exceptionally well with each person having personal support from Jamie & Tom to advance their individual skills at each stage of the spoon making. You made me feel like I’d achieved and offered appropriate challenge to improve. The safety precautions were really well explained and reminders given - this helped with embedding my mindset as I approach the task and will stay with me. I’m delighted with what I have made and learnt. Thank you both for your welcoming and supportive good natures too.”