Fire has long been a tool for survival throughout human history. It has been used to light our way in the night, cook our food, warm our bodies, fertilize our fields, and gather around for stories.
In this workshop we will explore the ancient art of making fire-by-friction, primarily using the bow-drill technique. We will learn how to harvest, create, and use our fire kits. We'll also prepare tinder bundles and build an effective fire structure that will work in all weather conditions with wet or damp materials.
This will be a full-day program with plenty of hands-on work. You will go home with a fully functional fire kit and the skills to practice on your own.
In this course you will learn:
- How to harvest effective fire-making materials from the land
- Two different methods of making fire-by-friction
- To harvest and create natural tinder bundle
- How to harvest and prepare firewood in the northwest (wet/dry conditions)
- How to build an effective fire structure for different situations
The class will take place at our school's 40-acre property from 9am-4pm on Saturday. Food is not provided. A NON-SERRATED, fixed blade knife is required for the class. Quality knives will be available for purchase ($20-35 depending on the model). We will be doing a lot of carving in this class, and having a sharp, fixed blade non-serrated knife with a comfortable handle is essential.