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Sun, 19 Jan


Private woodland, Great Hampden, Bucks

Primitive & modern firelighting workshop

Connect with primitive and modern fire lighting skills

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Primitive & modern firelighting workshop
Primitive & modern firelighting workshop

Time & Location

19 Jan 2020, 10:00 – 13:00

Private woodland, Great Hampden, Bucks, Great Hampden, The Chilterns, Bucks. Near HP16 9RQ


About the event

We wouldn't be here if our ancestors couldn't control fire yet today many of us have lost these skills.

On this detailed workshop we'll cover every aspect of fire lighting in the bush to take you from beginner to master, including:

*Theory of fire

*Wood selection

*Gathering tinder and kindling

*Wood processing - splitting wood with knives to create kindling

*Discussion of the 6 methods of fire ignition: spark, optical, friction, compression, electrical, chemical

*Demos and participation with these methods

*Creating and managing fire layouts for optimal lighting, heating and cooking

*How to safely clear away a fire to leave no trace

Suitable for complete beginners. No prior experience is needed and I welcome complete beginners. All equipment you need will be provided on the day.

Tea and coffee will be available all day from the camp kettle!

This course is aimed at ages 16+ (due to working with knives, fire, and chemicals, and needing to receive detailed instructions). An egaged child aged 12+ with adult supervision can also take part - please book on both the child and the adult.


A small private woodland near Great Hampden, a village in the heart of the Chilterns.

A nearby postcode is HP16 9RQ.

Nearest motorway is M40 junction 4.

Exact location and directions will be provided after booking.

Parking is available on site

What to bring

Bring warm layers and waterproof clothing - we have a parachute shelter but the course will run rain or shine!

The course is self catering and we'll have a short break for you to eat - you are welcome to use the camp fire to heat up food if you wish (please bring your own pan, plate and cutlery). You can also use hot water from the camp kettle.


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