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Friction Fire


Fire is one of the ultimate technologies that separates humans from other animals. Over hundreds of thousands of years humans have learned to master the arts of fire. In the modern era, matches and lighters have replaced the need for fire by friction. Still, this is a skill that builds confidence, requires specialized knowledge of plants and body mechanics, and can impress friends at parties and get togethers. In our workshops we teach you how to begin to master this ancient technology.


The bow-drill is a great introduction to fire by friction. It is one of the most classic methods for making a fire by “rubbing two sticks together”. Students will each make a set to take home with them at the end of class. We will also go over the proper form for drilling and perhaps get a fire or two before the day is over!
Date: TBA.
Tuition: $55


The hand drill is another classic method of fire by friction. Though it has less moving parts than the bow-drill, it is much more rough on the hands for beginners. This is a method that requires much more finesse. Students will each make a set to take home with them at the end of class. We will go over the proper form for using the hand drill, and show you a few techniques for making it a bit easier on the palms.
Date: TBA.
Tuition: $55

Advanced Bow-Drill (From Scratch)

In this 2 day course we will take your bow-drill making skills up a notch by making a bow-drill in the wilderness, from scratch. We’ll start by making quick stone knives and choppers, searching for the best wood. We’ll use our stone tools to prepare the materials for our bow-drill. Then we will seek out various materials for making cordage and finish the bow-drill. We’ll spend some time working on the various techniques for using a bow-drill made this way, which is slightly different than a bow drill made with modern tools and modern cord.
Dates: TBA
Tuition: $95