Joe O'Leary - Wilderness Survival Skills
Joe O’Leary is the author of ‘The Wilderness Survival Guide’ and owner of Wilderness Survival Skills, an established and respected full time bushcraft school near Salisbury in Wiltshire. A former soldier with the Royal Engineers and trained carpenter with a lifelong interest in survival skills and the great outdoors, Joe favours the self reliance aspect of bushcraft. Frequently, by tracing every fundamental skill back to source, he finds himself dabbling with the primitive technologies and traditional crafts. This in turn has lead to an increased appreciation of our many natural and renewable resources, natural history and ancient past.
`After an early start as a feral teenage poacher on the South Downs, Joe pursued a slightly more structured period of learning, picking up a range of useful outdoor skills through his role as a combat engineer and then as a committed student of bushcraft in the mid – late 90’s. He has been working as a professional instructor in the UK bushcraft industry since 2002, initially finding his feet by teaching part time for an established survival school then eventually launching his own company, Wilderness Survival Skills in 2007 offering bushcraft and survival instruction, wild food courses, corporate team building and private training. Since then his annual course program has grown to include many traditional crafts and skills such as flint knapping, hide working, weaving and green wood working.
Outside of the woods, he can often be found at the sewing machine making and modifying his own outdoor gear or generally being used as a climbing frame or punch bag by his two small children.”