Gary Johnston - Jack Raven Bushcraft

Gary grew up in the west country surrounded by open countryside, in what is now a nature reserve.  Seeing deer, foxes, badgers and other wildlife yards from the backdoor was a regular occurrence.   Allowed to venture out at a very early age, he spent much of his childhood  wandering through the woods, making ‘dens’, climbing trees (and occasionally falling out of them), swimming in rivers….  School holidays were spent on an uncle’s farm on the edge of Dartmoor.

From around 14 onwards he would regularly spend 4 or 5 days at a time wandering around and sleeping out on the moors, mostly knowing where he was.  These early experiences led to a lifelong love of the British countryside and culminated in Gary co-founding Jack Raven Bushcraft.

For the last 10 years Gary has practiced traditional Yang family Tai Chi Quan and is getting better, slowly.