Primitive fire making

primitive fire kit

Once again, it's mostly friction fire training. It will be in the real boonies, at Shindagin Hollow State Forest.  It's a favorite location for birders, photographers, campers, foragers and hikers. Try to leave yourselves time to go to the beautiful Shindagin Lean-to, or come the day before and camp out!

If you're interested in coming let me know your skill level and what you want to learn. If everyone is a beginner, that's OK. If you can make bow drill or hand drill fire sometimes, but have problems, we can work on improving. If you can make a coal easily, but never did it with natural cordage or with stone tools instead of a knife you can start to learn those techniques. Everyone can grab some dogbane here to practice cordage at home.

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  • Jim L.

    I have not made a meet up yet but am looking forward to attending soon !! -- I am very interested in learning how to hunt & harvest Mushrooms !! - do we have a meet up that does that ?? - if not can
    anyone give me a contact that will show me how !!!
    Thanks

    Jim

    May 17, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Jim made it look easy. He was great!

    April 21, 2013

  • Liz E.

    Loved it: very informative, very well-paced. The instructor did and excellent job and I am really excited about all the fires I will make while camping this summer! I also really appreciated all the side bits of info re: plants, edibles, medicinals, etc.

    April 21, 2013

  • Steve H.

    So we are meeting at Shindagin Hollow Rd & Gulf Creek Rd, Caroline, NY at the little parking area?

    April 21, 2013

    • Liz E.

      We are en route. GPS says will ETA IS 12:25. I'm going to try your cell now too...

      April 21, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Where exactly are we meeting?

    April 21, 2013

    • Jim B.

      April 21, 2013

    • Jim B.

      The road starts out as Central Chapel Rd., and becomes Shindagin Hollow Rd. at the fork with Braley Hill. (stay left) It's a dirt road for the last two miles. You pass a swamp, and where its outlet goes under the road into a stream, you're in sight. I have a white and rust colored little Subaru.

      April 21, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Not sure if we will have cell phone reception down in the hollow, but if you have last minute questions or get lost give me a call at[masked]-9631. I'll probably head over by 10:30 or 11 so I can do a little foraging/gathering stuff on the way. (I know of a nice stinging nettle patch and want to transplant some... look 'em up - superfood!)

    April 21, 2013

  • George

    I'm definitely a beginner but very very interested.

    April 13, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Good. You'll get a little introduction to real primitive fire making - without store-bought tools... but we'll also use knives and string to make a fire kit.

      April 20, 2013

  • Austin2step

    Beginner and always wanted to learn to start fire with bow.

    April 19, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Good - it's addicting once you start! For quite a while I kept a list of all the types of wood I tried, and how easy or hard they were. It's fun to go places now and be confident that "I could burn that!" There's more to it than just getting the right kinds of wood, though. I try to work on getting an easy fire by using good techniques and good fire kit design. You should be able to succeed tomorrow, and I hope you share the knowledge with your friends!

      April 20, 2013

  • Liz E.

    a beginner for sure!! Can't wait to explore the forest either. Sounds beautiful.

    April 13, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Hi Liz - for people wanting to really explore the area, there's another class coming through the hollow at 2:00, led by Adrian Williams, a Primitive Pursuits staff member. It's called "Plant Communities of the Finger Lakes" and is described at http://ithacafreeskoo...­

      April 20, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I'm a beginner. have some boy-scout experience, but not with friction... always used a match.

    April 18, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Hi Steve, glad to have a scout! Maybe you can help with fire safety and choosing the right tinder, kindling, and wood for a fire. I tend to focus mostly on making a coal and coaxing it into a flame, but for people who never made a fire at all in the woods that's not enough!

      April 20, 2013

  • Tina

    Wish I could but a bit over a 2 hour drive for me and have to get my son back to his dad's by 5 Have fun

    April 20, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Thanks everyone. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Bring something to cook over the fire if you want to. There's a nice little stream for kids (of any age) to play in, plus ravens and beavers and bears - oh no!

    April 17, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I might bring some kids. I have a Mini Van or can bring a 12 passenger van from Liverpool if anyone would like to car pool

    April 14, 2013

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