The Art of Fire – Fire by Friction


During the Art of Fire course you will be:

  • Learning how to make fire-by-friction (rubbing sticks together)
  • Making your own bow-drill kit – primal means to make fire!
  • Identify the resources you need, which trees / wood to use
  • Building fires and understanding the benefits of various fire layouts
  • Learning safe and effective carving techniques

Course information:

  • Location:  Little Chalfont
  • Start and end times: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Course size: Just 4 participants!
  • Age range: 18+
  • Includes: Use of tools; bushcraft knife, laplander saw, with refreshments and lunch cooked over the campfire (vegetarian, vegan and other dietary options available)


During the Art of Fire course, you will be making a bow drill set / friction fire kit, learning how and practising the making of fire by rubbing these sticks together!

Using just a few simple tools, you will harvest materials from the woodlands, carve and fashion the items needed, gather the tinder and kindling and make fire. No it’s not quite that easy – but by the end of the day you will have created the tools you need and with some determined effort achieve fire-by-friction, if not once, a few times!

Heat generation using a bowdrill
Using a bow-drill to generate sufficient heat to create fire!

We’ll be covering the safe and effective use of a Bushcraft knife and saw, the principal tools needed to make the items needed. You will learn to identify specific trees and understand which are good for fire lighting and be shown how to gather and harvest the materials you need.

Blowing the ember into life
Having created an ember using a bow-drill, the ember needs to be fanned with oxygen to make fire

You will be guided through the process of creating a fire-by-friction kit, fashioning all the items you need to create that all important ember that will ignite your fire.  Tips and guidance will be provided at all stages, so you can achieve fire-by-friction and understand how to be prepared for successful primitive fire lighting!

David Willis is a very knowledgeable and friendly instructor who makes you feel welcome and makes learning enjoyable. David has a very wide range of Bushcraft knowledge and skills and is happy to answer any questions you may have. I would recommend David Willis Courses to anyone who is looking to get out into the woods for some Bushcraft. The location also is very nice, easy to get to with a get set up for your every needs.

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