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Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop

Friction Fire Lighting Bow Drill Workshop


Course Location: World of Bushcraft, Bedford

Course Time: PM = 2pm start

Course Duration: 2 hrs

Course size: 6 persons max

Course Age Range: All

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

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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 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 
Tea/Coffee provided throughout the workshop.

Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 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) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)

We'll take your details and payment over the phone and then email or post you and information pack along with the booking form. All you need to do then is complete the form and return it to us, your places are confirmed at the time of payment.

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