My name is Paul Adamson and my love of the outdoors stems from spending many years as a boy playing in the fields and woods close to where I lived in Derbyshire. At sixteen I started a career in engineering as it was a subject I enjoyed but after completing over 5 years in the profession, I decided to retrain, so as to be able to work outdoors.
This led to a career in Arboriculture, Horticulture and Countryside Conservation, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I mainly concentrated on arborist work with many long hours in the canopies of trees or out on call in a storm. I now split my time between tree ranger work, teaching and making crafts.
I've attended several courses, with various schools and organisations and have researched other skills through study and practice. I started my studies at Woodlore in 2004, eventually working as an assistant instructor for wilderness survival skills in Wiltshire UK. I've since completed a level 4 NCFE qualification in Ethnobotany with the Woodcraft School, and a Level 4 qualification in Wildlife identification and Tracking.
Camping out with simple kit, and using natural resources to make life comfortable, sustainable, and enjoyable, is a pastime I regularly pursue. This and walking in-between camps allows me to really feel part of the environment.
The love of making that originally led me to engineering has never left me and I have since turned those skills to carving and other crafts associated with spending time in the woods, this in turn led to the reason for creating this site.