individuals through outdoor skills training.
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
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
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
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
- I will cover
the Bow drill.
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 -
and various stages in the process to aid in
potential problem solving.
- Then I will
move onto the hand drill.
This method is still been used by the bushmen
of the Kalahari and the Hadzabe people of
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
long lasting ember. Simple to master with just
of the right tools. And definitely uses less
the Bow drill or Hand Drill.
We will consider the various materials
Key factors to look out for that gauge
progress and measured results determining
- The Plough Drill and the
Bamboo Fire Saw.
These methods are less well known and
practiced 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
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.
Mills, SK22 3JA.