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Wed, Nov 23

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La Farge

Basic Bowdrill; Firestarting the Old Way

Come learn the ancient art of starting fire with only what the forest provides (and maybe a little paracord to begin with). An introduction to making fire with a bow-drill set, come to learn and make a set, but leave prepared to do a lot of practicing!

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Basic Bowdrill; Firestarting the Old Way
Basic Bowdrill; Firestarting the Old Way

Time & Location

Nov 23, 2022, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

La Farge, La Farge, WI 54639, USA

About the Event

Bow-drill is a traditional fire starting method from this and other forest environments of the world. A cylindrical spindle of softer wood is wrapped into a bowstring and spun between a handhold and fireboard. After burning into the fireboard it accumulates a smoldering ember of powder that can be blown into flame. Come make a bowdrill set out of some quality local wood and try your hand, well your whole body and mind, at making fire the old way. I will share the technical method, form, and construction necessary for success, but ultimately it will be up to you, the participants, to achieve proficiency by practice and perserverence with this skill beyond this program. 

Open to adults and youth ages 16 and up.

Tuition:  $30 plus $20 material fee for all materials to make your set.

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