Control of fire by early humans was a turning point in the cultural aspect of human evolution. Fire provides warmth, protection and a method of cooking food. Claims for the earliest definitive evidence of control of fire by a member of Homo range from 1.7 to 0.2 million years ago. Evidence for the controlled use of fire by Homo Erectus, beginning some 600,000 years ago. Evidence of widespread control of fire by anatomically modern humans dates to approximately 125,000 years ago. Hand Drill Friction Fire is the oldest form of fire lighting and the most widespread globally. The oldest European evidence of controlled fire has been found in England at the site of Beeches Pit, Suffolk around 415,000 BP.
Hand Drill Friction fire is arguably the most elegant and pleasing form of fire lighting. It's components are simple. Its beauty is in the knowledge and skill of the fire maker. When done right, Hand Drill Friction fire is easier than using a Bow Drill to make fire.
There are two main challenges in Hand Drill Friction Fire. Firstly, materials have to be correct. They need to be the right combinations of hearth and spindles, seasoned correctly and cut and shaped properly. Secondly, The technique has to be perfect. Body position, applied pressure, hand speed all have to be right to get an ember to form. Get any of this wrong and Hand Drill Friction Fire quickly becomes an exhausting and disheartening practice. You then need to go through the process of problem solving. We know from discussion from clients, this can set learning back months, sometimes even years. Our aim is to make Friction Fire accessible to more people.
Buying a Hand Drill Friction Fire set guarantees that the materials are correct. Each set is tested to ensure that it works. Everything is cut and shaped perfectly to make Hand Drilling easy and enjoyable. Our booklet guides you through gaining perfect technique. There is also an in depth problem solving section that will help you iron out problems and issues encountered.
Our aim is to get you enjoying Hand Drill Friction Fire successfully. We also run Fire Lighting courses and can do Private Workshops if you wish.
Hand Drill Friction Fire Kit includes:
- Hand Drilling Spindle.
- Hearth Board.
- Instruction Booklet.
Each set is individually harvested from our woodland, shaped by hand without using power tools and tested.
Please note we have seen kits for sale that are pine boards and dowel rods from hardware stores. They do not work. The rods crush way too easily under pressure. The boards also compress instead of burning in. We have also seen badly shaped sets making it even more challenging to make fire. The booklet will explain these issues, why they happen, how to avoid or overcome them.