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The Ancient Art of Friction Fire

June 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Your lighter just ran out of fuel and your matches are soaked. How are you supposed to get this fire going? Learning the plants and materials of the landscape can help you build a fire when your gear has failed! In this course, led by Survival Guide Ryan Johnson, discuss the core principles and ancient history of friction fire. Build your own friction fire kit and practice using it to prepare for your next adventure.

Course content outline:

  •  Core concepts of fire starting and maintenance
  •  Human history of friction fire
  •  Demonstration of friction fire methods (hand drill and bow drill)
  •  Basics of carving (safety demonstration included)
  •  Bow drill practice and technique
  •  Overview of flint and steel

Each step of the process, you’ll follow along with the instructor to make your own bow drill kit to take home! Tools and materials will be provided (please see the materials fee). If you have tools or woods of your own you would like to use, you are welcome to bring those along too! Please bring water and any snacks or lunch you may want during the class! If you have any questions about the materials or tools, or what the flow of the class will be like, please reach out to the instructor: Ryan Johnson ryan@firecraftnw.com We’ll see you there!

Kids ages 13 years – adults.

Class fee of $35 with an additional $10.00 materials fee due at time of class. (This will include tools, fibers for tinder, woods for kits, and more).


June 5, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Chuckanut Center
103 Chuckanut Drive N.
Bellingham, WA 98229
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