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"Hands On" Fire

Ouch! Not hands in fire - more like hands under fire as while holding a nest of fuel we add our breath to a fragile coal and breathe it into flame! Participants will learn true emergency methods of starting fires. We will start with modern techniques and then slowly go back to beyond. Even the lighting of a match can be difficult for some people so we will start with these and as comfort levels increase we will then set them aside and really begin to explore. Batteries - Ferrocerium Rods - Rock and Steel, these will be used for our next stages of fire starting and then finally Fire By Friction. We will be starting fires with the materials that nature provides.
Fire By Friction should be considered more of an art form than something to rely on in an emergency but once it is learned - confidence will surely grow. Join us for a Sunday of fun and excitement. EXPERIENCE FEEDS THE FLAME! Please bring a sharp knife - preferably one that locks in place or one that is permanently open. A small personal survival kit which also contains first-aid gear are welcome items to bring. They are especially handy when one carries that "sharp knife." This Meet Up is scheduled to end sometime between 3 PM and 4 PM This event is accessible by TTC via several routes. The location is a few blocks north of Sheppard Ave. W. on Bathurst St. at the bottom of the hill on the east side and just before the traffic lights for Sherman Campus. If you refer to the attached map we are at the Hinder Property. Look for a Canada Flag which sits on top of a tall flag pole - this marks the entrance way. We will also have a red and black Meet Up sign posted. You can only enter the driveway while traveling north bound due to the centre medium. Enter and travel slowly because of the steep curb and narrow winding asphalt. The parking is on the first and only left side just before the pillars which block the road. Hope to see you there, Doug Getgood

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  • Doug G.

    We had a lot of success with the various methods of fire starting! It was a great turnout. I especially want to thank Phil and Paul for the way they helped people on an individual basis. The guidance and advice that they gave with regards to the finer details of fire lighting brought on wonderful results. Thanks also to Heather and Colleen for being the unofficial photographers of TSG.

    September 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great workshop. Doug led-us through the various 'eras' of fire starting. He had plenty of materials for the group to use and practice with. Thank you to both Paul and Phil for providing personal guidance with the different skill sets.

    September 27, 2010

  • Jan

    A very informative day....definitely this "hands on" format is an excellent way to learn and retain the information/tasks.

    Thanks very much

    September 27, 2010

  • gina

    I had a great time! In the modern day of technology I think it's so funny how powerful and exciting it is to make a fire!! I was surprised at how many simple and effective techniques there were.

    September 27, 2010

  • Jonathan P.

    I made my very first bow drill fire.

    September 27, 2010

  • martine

    An awesome way to spend a Sunday. Doug was thorough, well-prepared and an excellent instructor while exploring the evolution of fire building and helping to instill a deep respect for this vital, life sustaining art.

    September 27, 2010

  • One4adventure

    Quite a feeling to bring the fire to life with your hands, a great lesson in the transfer of energy.
    Doug you are a great teacher, thanks for your patience with my crew the kids loved it.

    September 27, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good weather, nice people, and always learning....

    September 27, 2010

  • Colleen

    Thanks Doug for another awesome meetup, for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience and for your time taken in preparing all the materials for us. It was a great day and as usual, I had fun and learned alot!

    September 27, 2010

  • T.C.

    Fantastic! Lots of worthwhile information.

    September 26, 2010

  • Doug G.

    I will be bringing with me a few "loaner" knives. You are welcome to use one Gina.

    September 26, 2010

  • Doug G.

    If anyone has their own emergency fire starting equipment that they would like to use and practice with they are welcome to bring it.

    September 24, 2010

  • Doug G.

    The Birth of Fire

    Theirs was a passionate mating
    Fire was their son
    When spindle met the hearth
    And knew this was the one
    From the friction of their joining
    This heat, their love did form
    A wisp of smoke began to rise
    And a tiny coal grew warm
    When fed with tinder nourishment
    And given room to grow
    Guided by two caring hands
    To satisfy and show
    When the breath of life was blown within
    To give loves true desire
    This was the great awakening
    This was the birth of fire


    September 16, 2010

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