Using the Bow & Drill Method
With Tom Belluscio
Saturday, August 26th
At 3 Pork Hill Rd
Local organization Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next feature in their 2017 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience. The next workshop, Friction Fire – The Bow and Drill Method with Tom Belluscio, takes place on Saturday, August 26th from 9-11am, at 3 Pork Hill Rd in Ossipee, NH.
The ability to create fire has long been held as a one of, if not the most significant development in human history. From cooking our food, providing us with life sustaining warmth or warding off wild animals, to lighting a candle when the power goes out or even the internal combustion that propels our vehicles; fire has shaped our lives. While modern implements and technology have made the process of fire lighting an endeavor easily taken for granted, the age old skill of breathing a flame to life is still as important today as it was thousands of years ago. To fully understand and appreciate this process we must travel back in time and start at the beginning, the way that our ancestors did.
Fire by friction is the age old and often romanticized method of rubbing two pieces of wood together in order to produce a red hot coal. The coal is then used to create a flame. Learning the proper form and technique is as important as being able identify the materials ideally suited to the task. Join us as Registered Maine Guide and Founder of Northeast Wilderness Company, Tom Belluscio, shares his knowledge of this time honored traditional wilderness skill.
Students should come prepared with a sharp fixed blade knife, and an enthusiasm for hands on learning. Everyone will leave with a functioning bow-drill set and a more complete knowledge of what it takes to create fire with consistency and efficiency.
This workshop takes place from 9-11am, at The Grange Hall at 3 Pork Hill Rd in Ossipee. The cost to participate in the workshop is $18.00. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. Please register HERE, or by calling 603-539-6460.