Primitive Skills


“The lost art of living off the land is preserved here on his property!”

“If you want to understand wild plants and their uses from food to medicinal purposes-this is the place to go and learn!” – Bethany from Dawson

Friction Fire – Hand Drill

Humans have evolved with fire for quite some time and we are now dependent on it for our modern civilization. Certain plants are also dependent on fire for their survival. Let’s take things back several thousand years and re-learn how to create fire from entirely natural materials. We will also discuss and practice ways to keep a fire going, bank a fire, travel with fire and much more.

We will start out with a brief overview and history of fire making, and then we will walk around my mountain property to learn about and identify helpful plants for the fire making process. Afterwards we will craft our own hand drill kits from natural materials gathered locally. Finally, we will practice the art of hand drill and you will take home your very own fire kit! Never be stuck trying to start a fire again, learn the in’s and out’s of a proper pyre for starting a one match fire.

Some knife carving is required. Materials for your kit are hand gathered in north Georgia. Price is for each person taking a home a fire kit and tinder bundle. Family members may join the experience as ‘additional guests’ but will not be supplied fire making materials.

  • 2.5 hours.
  • Fire makers: $55  Additional guests: $10
  • Up to 12 guests
  • Recommended ages 10+
Our guest is excited after starting his first friction fire!

Kids Primitive Skills Series

An in-depth and hands on approach to primitive living skills for kids. This course runs for 12 classes and meets 1x a month. This 3 hour (with parents) course is designed for kids to be exposed to a full range a wilderness survival skills and leave with knowledge to be able identify and use wild food plants and other helpful plants. Learn shelter building and fire making, foster a deeper connection with the land around you and truly learn to live within your environment.

This primitive skills course meets once a month and needs at least 8 students to form. We prefer the same 8 students work together through the course.

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Kids learn to twist cordage from different tree barks.