Tomorrow is my 23rd birthday and as a birthday present to myself, I signed up for a class on Friction Fire Making. I thought it would be a fun way to experience the caveman lifestyle I’ve been promoting for the past year, as well as learn a necessary survival skill if I’m ever living off-grid.
So early Monday morning I drove to Fredericksburg, Virginia and spent the day with Tim MacWelch, the founder of Earth Connection, along with two other students: Paul and Bob.
When the class started we were given 10 minutes to create a sustainable fire, WITH the help of a lighter. Ten minutes later I had a pile of crispy looking leaves on the ground and I was the only one who hadn’t started a fire. And somehow I was supposed to learn to do this without a lighter? I was beginning to think I wasn’t cut out for this…
But I turned out to have a little caveman in me after all. After spending the next several hours learning about tinder, wood materials, bow drills, and practicing the proper technique… I had successfully created a sustainable fire! And that’s right, I didn’t even need a lighter 🙂
I left the class that day with a smile from ear-to-ear and a whole new respect for my ancestors. Making friction fire might be fun, but it is certainly a LOT of work.