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Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop

Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop


Course Location: World of Bushcraft Centre Rowsley

Course Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Course Duration: 4 Hours

Course size: 6 persons max

Course Age Range: 16+

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Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop

Friction fire lighting by the bow drill method remains now as ever an exciting, educating and empowering skill to learn.

When Ernest Thompson Seton was asked why bother learning fire lighting by rubbing sticks when we live in a world of matches he famously answered 'You are thinking of the fire that is lighted down there' (pointing at the ground), 'I am thinking of the flame that is kindled in here!' (pointing at his breast).

For us at Woodland Ways there is no better bench mark of fundamental 'woodsmanship' than mastering the ability to go out into the forest source your own components, shape them and then conjure fire using the bow drill - this calls on a variety of skills including tree identification, safe and effective tool use, appreciation of tinder materials and the fine tuning of personal motor skills.

The bow drill is just one of a large family of friction techniques for producing an ember which can be placed into a tinder bundle and blown into flame.

During this half-day workshop we will walk and talk you through the entire process of using the bow drill. Firstly a discussion of all essential components followed by a demonstration of the bow drill. There will be plenty of time for developing your technique and our instructor will work with you closely to enable this.

We will also discuss variations within this technique both for engaging large groups and younger participants. Lastly we will take a look at a range of materials which can be used both for the bow drill components and the tinder bundle giving you a well rounded appreciation of this skill within the context of British woodland.
All materials required to take part in the workshop will be provided 

This course is for over 16's although under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops are held at our World Of Bushcraft Centre in the Peak District, where free tea and coffee will be available.
  • World Of Bushcraft Centre- Rowsley


    Nestled in the heart of the Peak District our World Of Bushcraft Centre allows a covered warm space to undertake both short and long duration workshops. Inside you will find an inspirational craft area showcasing some of the skills of the teams and collections from our expeditions. There is also the opportunity to browse the equipment that is sold online, should you wish to trial an axe, hold that knife, or pull on that Harris Tweed Bush shirt. There is free tea and coffee available on tap

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "36 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.