The first time you make fire with a few pieces of wood is a remarkable experience. The next step, craft your own set from the woods in our area.
Friction Fire is my spec-i-al-ity! I've spent years honing my technique with difficult woods (such as green oak!), seasoning and testing different woods, and crafting sets of all sizes to maximize performance.
In teaching this skill, I instruct with a level of detail that is rarely matched. I can give each individual the feedback he or she needs while supplying plenty of patience and encouragement.
Friction fire isn't as tough as it seems. I've had folks out at the Sandy River build a set and make a fire their first day...in the rain. It's not, however, without its challenges and you will be using a specific set of muscles you haven't used for thousands of years.
The bow-drill is a great way to learn this skill. It's all about crafting a good set, learning the technique, and getting to know what woods work well together.
Also, these skills will make you much more able to make a fire with modern gear in poor weather conditions.
- Knife Safety and Carving Skills
- The Best Woods to Use
- Solid Techniques to Ensure Success
- Tinder and Fire Preparation
(This is an Egyptian Bow-Drill Set used in Coffin Construction.)
(We'll use the famed Swedish Mora Knife in crafting our sets. If you have a knife bring it but I'll have some to share and I'll have green and red Mora's for sale for $20 if you find that you like using one.)
***Be careful when using GPS or google maps. They will lead you past the parking lot where we meet. After you get off exit 18 take a left and look for the Lewis & Clark State Park parking lot.***