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Sat, Oct 28


Deering Oaks (Amphitheater)

Matchless Firestarting (FREE!)

Learn to make a roaring campfire by rubbing a few sticks together - no matches required. Everyone will make a bow-drill kit to take home.

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Matchless Firestarting (FREE!)
Matchless Firestarting (FREE!)

Time & Location

Oct 28, 2023, 10:00 AM – Oct 29, 2023, 12:00 PM

Deering Oaks (Amphitheater) , Portland, ME 04101, USA

About the event

Early or pre-humans have been controlling fire for as long as 1.7 million years – before humanity evolved, beginning 300,000 years ago. Fire is a result of impact, compression, solar energy or friction. Ancient fire-making methods include the hand drill, bow drill, pump drill, fire plow, fire saw, fire thong, and sparks caught from striking rocks. Bow drills have been used by humans around the world for thousands of years.

Learn how to make and practice using a complete matchless-firestarting bow drill kit - bow, spindle, handhold, and fireboard - using a variety of locally-sourced materials and a piece of cordage. We'll meet at the amphitheater in Deering Oaks Park.

Space in this class is limited. Preregistration is required to reserve a spot in the class. The event is "free," but we ask people to make a donation of at least $1, because it sucks when 15 people sign up for a free event and nobody shows up. Money is commitment that says, I will show up. 

The class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Please plan accordingly. If you know you can't attend class, a quick phone call or email is appreciated so we can make the spot available to other students. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or if you have any questions.

NOTE: This class will be held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. 

Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible.


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