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Richard Irvine

Richard Irvine is an author and Forest School practitioner. His book Forest Crafts is an excellent introduction to whittling. Read more about Richard and his books here.

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About Richard Irvine

Richard Irvine is a Forest School Association endorsed trainer, a qualified teacher, and has over 25 years experience in the field of outdoor education.

He works with all age groups, from pre-school children to adults, in the woods, on long- and short-term programmes including offering accredited training.

Richard is interested in the role of craft and making in education and well-being, and is happiest sitting amongst the trees whittling beside the fire.

Wild Days by Richard Irvine - published March 2021

Wild Days - Richard Irvine

£16.99 exVAT

Make the most of the great outdoors with this adventure-filled guide for all the family. Perfect for inspiring kids to step away from screens and get out in the fresh air, this brilliant book is crammed full of outdoor activities and ...

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Forest Craft by Richard Irvine

A child's guide to whittling in the woodland:

In today's hectic world, many of us are looking for ways to slow down, take time out and calm our busy minds.

There’s an increasing focus on how much children can gain from regular, quiet, meditative practice. An absorbing pastime like whittling in a peaceful woodland setting offers exactly that.

With an emphasis on safety and adult supervision, this book presents a range of simple and fun projects that children can make and enjoy hours of play with afterwards – projects such as a kazoo, mini furniture, duck call, whimmy diddle, rhythm sticks and elder wand.

Richard provides a thorough guide to the basic tools and equipment that are required.

Appealing to both Forest School teachers and families, this is a book that can be turned to time and time again, through the different seasons and over many years.

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Forest Craft - Richard Irvine

£16.99 exVAT

Appealing to both forest school teachers and families, this is a book that can be turned to time and time again, through the different seasons and over many years.

Buy now

Free split stick animals activity

Richard has kindly donated his Split Stick Animals activity to the Muddy Faces Outdoor Hub to give you a taste of the types of activities you can find in his book Forest Craft. There are more activities on his website too!

Split stick animals are a test of dexterity, knife skills, concentration and creativity, the results are really charming and well worth the effort. Maybe you could make a whole herd?

Simple split stick animal

An activity showing you how to whittle yourself a woodland creature, with help from author Richard Irvine

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Tool use & Traditional Crafts

A selection of guides to tool use and activities that include the use of simple tools used in early years woodworking provision like palm drills and hammers.

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tool guides

How to use a variety of tools commonly used in a Forest School setting.

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This section is full of fantastic books to support your outdoor play, outdoor learning and forest school through theory and practical ideas. We stock fiction and non-fiction books all related to the great outdoors.

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