Fort Hill Time Honored Skills Series

Friction Fire Course

September 28, 2019 | 10 am – 3 pm at Fort Hill Education Center

Course Leader Justin Houston

$75 / person, includes lunch and all curriculum

Fire was an important part of primitive living people’s daily life, they used it to heat their homes, cook their food, make their tools, and shape the landscape around them to name a few uses. Fire is also part of modern living people’s daily life as well, but often in more of a hidden compactly. Our love of fire still lies within us, shown by our love of campfires, or cooking on a grill.

The ability to create fire with our own hands is one of the most exciting and rewording skills that humans have mastered. During this course, Arc Staffer Justin Houston will show you how to make a bow drill kit and demonstrate the technique involved in its use in creating fire. Participants will leave with a working kit and the first hand knowledge on how to make and use it. 

Workshop Schedule


Demonstration of materials needed for fire making and construction of fire making tools.

11:00am-12:00pm Learn how to build a fire and start it using primitive techniques.


1:00pm-3:00pm Construct your own fire making tools and practice with them.












Justin Houston with bow drill kit.