Rediscovering the Old Ways Video: Fire--Volumes 1 & 2
Every year there are newer and often better primitive skills videos on the market, and in terms of fire making, the best vidoes I have yet seen are Fire: Volumes 1 & 2. Volume 1 provides thoroughly comprehensive coverage of the One Match Fire, Flint & Steel Fire-Starting, Bowdrill Fire-Starting and the Handdrill. Volume 2 includes quickie demonstrations of more than 40 ways to start a fire without matches.
Volume 1: Flint & Steel, Bow & Drill, and Handdrill: The video features a unique step-by-step approach to teach you each of these techniques in 3 stages: first at home using modern tools (to help you quickly succeed and gain confidence); second using only a knife and whatever you can find (this is likely the type of situation you would be in if you ever really needed to make fire without matches); and finally, the truly primitive way, using no modern tools or materials of any kind.
Flint & Steel: This is the traditional way that pioneers and mountain men made fires. Learn to make char cloth, find alternatives to flint, and even how to make fire by simply striking two stones together!
Bow & Drill: This is the "rub two sticks together" method used since prehistoric times. First learn to make fire with a set cut from lumberyard wood. Soon, you'll be making fire in the woods with sets made using no modern tools but your pocket knife. Then, with some practice, you'll be making fire using nothing but what nature provides. Imagine being lost anywhere in the world, yet still able to start fire for cooking and comfort!
Handdrill: Although more difficult to master than the Bowdrill, this technique was preferred by ancient people due to its simplicity. Learn to gather the materials anywhere, even in a city. We reveal tips and tricks that help anyone master creating fire with this ancient technique!
Volume 2: More Than 40 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches: Fire, Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, demonstrating advanced tips and techniques for flint & steel, bow & drill, and handdrill fire starting. The rest of the video is dedicated to quickie demonstrations of more than 40 ways to start fires without matches. This is a truly extraordinary video, covering primitive as well as modern techniques. For example, primitive fire alternatives include the fire plow, fire thong, fire saw, fire piston, pump drill and the fire piston. The video includes fire starting with lenses and reflectors, such as magnifying glasses, fresnel lenses, eye glasses, as well as completely unexpected items such as aluminum cans, sandwich bags, and hub caps--even demonstrating how to start fires from water and ice! Also demonstrated are eletrical methods, such as car and flashlight batteries, and chemical methods, such as with household or automotive chemicals.
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