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Course Dates 2018:

March     Sat 31st

May       Sun 6th

May         Tues 8th (limited spaces)

June      Sun 24th

August    Sat 4th

Sep         Sun 23rd

Oct          Sat 20th

Please contact if you have other date requirements, especially if your are part of a group booking.

Friction Fire Lighting

Hello everyone.

The Art of Friction fire is a skill slowly been lost to us.

If the idea of creating your own fire by just "rubbing two sticks together" is appealing to you then this is the course for you.

The course runs over a full day

I believe that the skills involved in foraging and collecting the right wood at the right time of year is a course entirely in its self and I don't wish to dilute the importance of the friction aspect by integrating this into the course.
This is not to say that this aspect is unimportant. In fact to the contrary. It is too easy to lose yourself in selection of the right materials that there is just not enough time to fully appreciate and comprehend the many aspects of mastering just the friction side alone.

The main aim of this course is to bring you to point where you are fully equipped with techniques, possible problem detection and solving and a knowledge base that will gear you in the right direction for your first successful attempt.

There is no point with completing the course with a hand full of blisters, smoke everywhere and a faint possibility of an ember if afterwards you don't have the skills or knowledge to repeat the task.

So what will the course cover?

Initial stages will be the fundamental aspects of creating a fire.
A quick intro or recap of fire starting.
Flame management and revival of a "dead fire".
Then straight into the core components of the course.

  • I will cover the Bow drill.Bow drill image

A form of friction fire lighting predominately used in the Northern hemisphere and colder damper climates. We will look at different wood types and materials, size of bow and spindle, body position, surrounding factors - weather,
and various stages in the process to aid in potential problem solving.

  • Then I will move onto the hand drill.

Hand Drill
This method is still been used by the bushmen of the Kalahari and the Hadzabe people of Tanzania.

It is seen as a more difficult method but this is not the case.
It is just a different method needing a range of different skill sets.
As before we will cover wood types and suspected outcomes due to body position and other external factors.

  • A more recent method is the Fire Roll

This method was first used in WII. It produces a veryFireroll
long lasting ember. Simple to master with just a few
of the right tools. And definitely uses less energy than
the Bow drill or Hand Drill.

We will consider the various materials available.
Key factors to look out for that gauge progress and measured results determining continued succes

  • The Plough Drill and the Bamboo Fire Saw.

                            Drill imageBamboo Saw 2

These methods are less well known and practised in the UK but are excellent ways to create fire in their own right. I hope to develop the course more and more in the future to bring these skills to the forefront and equal peoples awareness of them to the same scale as the bow and hand drill techniques.

The course will touch briefly on these methods and cover the key components needed to begin each process.
This is in order to fill your mental tool box with knowledge of alternative methods and give you the opportunity to take all your learnt skills and try them out at a later date.


Mousley Bottem Woods,New Mills, SK22 3JA.


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