Lake District Bushcraft: Friction Fire Lighting
As part of our Family Adventure Capital Season we’ve been investigating Bushcraft in Cumbria. This week we were lucky enough to meet and talk with Ben McNutt, owner of Cumbrian Bushcraft experts Woodsmoke who showed us how to light fire without matches, despite the damp weather!
How to light a fire without matches
Ben did an apprenticeship with Ray Mears and has spent much of his life learning bush-craft from indigenous people around the world. Put it this way if I were to be stranded in the jungle, desert, on an icecap or even on a Cumbrian fell, this is the man I’d want to have around. Most Woodsmoke courses last a week or more; we only had an hour! But even in that he showed us a core bush-craft skill – how to light a fire using only the natural materials around you, technically called the bow drill friction fire lighting technique.
We’ll be profiling Ben later in the season, but for now we just couldn’t wait to share some pictures of this magic. One word of warning, please don’t try this in your local woods, forest or at home unless you are absolutely sure fire-lighting is permitted and know what you are doing.
Or have Ben with you.
First gather and prepared your materials
Then get yourself organised
Now for the hard work
You’re aiming to make smoking embers
Now for the magic…
There’s no smoke without…
Cool eh? Fire without matches!
Have you ever made fire without matches?