Fire 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
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
Armed only with a knife a bushcraft practitioner should be
able to get a fire going by making a bow drill using only what
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
- make cord that you could
use to string the bow drill in the absence of modern materials
- create a hot coal using the
- generate a flame from that
- build the flame up into a
- manage the fire from start
to finish to minimise impact on the surroundings
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.
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information: Minimum group size two; maximum 12.
Participants should be 16 or over.
leader is qualified through the Institute for
to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and
woodland skills for over thirty years. He is DBS cleared.
North Pennines - Harehope or Hamsterley Forest, Weardale or Kielder
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