MCQBushcraft was started in 2011 by Michael McQuilton who at the time lived in the United Kingdom in South Gloucestershire. The company specializes in outdoor wilderness skills and outdoor documentary style videos to inspire and teach through the means of YouTube and hands on courses. Michael also produces a range of leather crafts for outdoor related tools such as Axes, Knives, Hunting Equipment and more. Michael’s courses use to run in the United Kingdom but him and his family emigrated to Northern Sweden in early 2018 and as of yet he has not published any dates for future courses.
About Michael McQuilton
Bushcraft was never a word I had ever come across as a child. To me it was just playing outside in the woodlands and streams collecting insects, fossils and looking at wildlife. As a boy I was a member of many wildlife clubs often going out in organised groups identifying beetles, moths and butterflies followed by hours of meticulous illustrations back at home documenting my findings. Like all young boys the bigger the insect the more interesting it would be to me and my goal was always to find a male Stag beetle. As I got a bit older my fascination grew, particularly on how human beings interacted with nature historically. Hunting and fishing became a normal part of life for me and I would spend days buried in the woodlands and fields of Gloucestershire waiting for that perfect opportunity to present itself. I learnt a lot about myself in these years and became very comfortable in my own skin. Observation and listening were the keys to success.
In my teenage years I began taking myself away for several days at a time sustaining myself off of what I caught, attempting to live like a hunter gatherer. I quickly realised that I did not know enough for such endeavors and like a lot of younger people I fell into the romantic ideology of trying to live alone in the wilds of nature, but this was just a fantasy. The reality being hunger and exhaustion, although its always good to be shown your limitations the hard way. I began teaching myself about plants and trees, roaming the woodlands and waysides with my books drawing my findings in field journals to etch what I seen in my mind. As time moved on my knowledge grew and my time spent in nature became more fluid with a pace that was more in tune with the environment around me.
Today I spend a huge amount of time in nature and there is still so much to learn but this is the wonderful thing about it. To some Bushcraft and primitive living skills carry a testosterone loaded stigma where knowledge is power and nature must be challenged and defeated. To me these skills are just tools that I use to bring me closer to the natural landscapes I wish to spend time in. The more I have learnt the less I have had to carry while I explore my own country and others. Some of my fondest memories are of Northern Sweden, the vast wilderness void of human encroachment and loaded with wildlife aligns your being into a frequency were you are a part of your surroundings. You feel less of an alien and more of a human again.
I was very lucky to meet a beautiful women named Megan who loved spending time in nature as much as I did. I proposed to her at the end of a grueling hike in the mountains of southern Norway, it seemed like a good time to cheer her up. Now we share our life together in Northern Sweden exploring the natural world and travelling to places that still remain as natural as they can in these developed times.
I am not currently running any courses as I write this in 2020 but if you are interested in our travels and documentary videos you can have a look at our YouTube Channel ‘MCQBushcraft & Wilderness Life‘ or take a look at the Leather Crafts Shop to see our latest handmade items. If the shop is Out Of Stock then we are probably taking a summer brake so feel free to email us to find out more.
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