Friction Fire: Build a Bow-Drill Set

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.

We'll cover:

  • 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.***

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  • Brian

    This was fun! We even got some tracking info on the walk out. Thanks Alex! Looking forward to future events.

    May 19, 2013

    • Aleksandra

      It was nice meeting you and talking about your backpacking meet-up group. It gave me ideas for mine-NW Outdoor Kids ....

      May 28, 2013

    • Brian

      It was nice to meet you too Aleksandra. I'm looking forward to getting out- I just got a new pack that needs to be broken in. I'd really like to backpack the Bull of the Woods loop this summer. I might post it on the backpack bunch too, but I'll let you know

      May 29, 2013

  • Celeste

    Great group of people and excellent instructions! So exciting to be able to make fire.

    May 19, 2013

    • Aleksandra

      Hope you had a nice dispersed camping experience. Where did you end up? I might do the same this summer.

      May 28, 2013

    • Celeste

      Thanks, we had a really good time in spite of the weather. We ended up only 5.5 miles outside of Sisters on a ridge with a gorgeous view of all the mountains. Very fun, I'd highly recommend it.

      May 28, 2013

  • Joe B

    Had a great time learning a primitive but VERY useful skill! Thanks, Alex! :)

    May 20, 2013

  • Aleksandra

    My son and I enjoyed this a lot! We were all smiles when talking about it at home with family.

    May 19, 2013

  • Alex

    Here's my number again. It's supposed to be sunny and high 60s today but prepare for any kind of weather. I'll have a big tarp just in case.

    May 19, 2013

  • Alex

    OK, perfect, this will be a really great class! Here's my number to call or text if anything comes up Sunday morning. [masked] Also take another peak at the directions and warning about GPS above!

    May 17, 2013

  • Karey B.

    I'm a total newbie to fire-making this way...but excited to learn!

    May 14, 2013

  • Alex

    This is going to be a fun one folks. We'll be working a lot with the Mora knives and if you find that you can't live without one I'll have them for sale for $20 bucks after the class.

    May 14, 2013

  • Christine

    Hope you will do this one again, and hopefully I will be off work that day. If so I'm there !!!

    May 13, 2013

  • Christine

    Awwww man gotta work ...

    May 13, 2013

    • Alex

      Oh, bummer. It's going to be a good one!

      May 13, 2013

  • Christine

    I would love to do this one also, but, yet again, I have to work. I hope you will offer this one again.

    April 19, 2013

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