Bushcraft camp

Fire by friction in North East England, the North Pennines, Northumberland, Durham and Kielder


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fire by friction using a bow drillFire by friction using a bow drill

Learn how to produce fire by friction using a bow drill from selecting the right materials to creating a flame

Fire is one of the oldest skills known to mankind. It warms us, dries us, makes water safe to drink, cooks our food and lifts morale. Fire by friction using a bowdrill is a prehistoric method of creating fire the origins of which are probably tens of thousands of years old.

Armed only with a knife a bushcraft practitioner should be able to get a fire going by making a bow drill using only what is around. We'll give you that knowledge and you'll leave with your own fire by friction bow drill set that you have made yourself.
  • learn which materials are suitable for making the bow, the drill and base for success in fire by friction
  • find out how to recognise and select those materials
  • make cord that you could use to string the bow drill in the absence of modern materials
  • create a hot coal using the bow drill
  • generate a flame from that hot coal
  • build the flame up into a fire
  • manage the fire from start to finish to minimise impact on the surroundings
Duration: 3 hours

Cost: Prices from 21 each for a group of 10, 30 per person for first two people, 15 per additional group member. Individual one-to-one booking available at 60.

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and click on the button below to pay online.

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Further information: Minimum group size two; maximum 12. Participants should be 16 or over.

The activity leader is qualified through the Institute for Outdoor Learning to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and woodland skills for over thirty years. He is DBS cleared.

Location: North Pennines - Harehope or Hamsterley Forest, Weardale or Kielder

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