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By Daniel Hume

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The Art of FIRE

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Once you've mastered the art of stacking NORWEGIAN WOOD; it's time to learn how to light a FIRE. Fire can fascinate, inspire, capture the imagination and bring families and communities together. It has the ability to amaze, energise and touch something deep inside all of us. For thousands of years, at every corner of the globe, humans have been huddling around fires: from the basic and primitive essentials of light, heat, energy and cooking, through to modern living, fire plays a central role in all of our lives. The ability to accurately and quickly light a fire is one of the most important skills anyone setting off on a wilderness adventure could possess, yet very little is written about it well - or in a commercial way. 'Fire' will tap into the recent trend for practical mindfulness in the mould of highly successful books such as Norwegian Wood by Mytting. It will frame practical step-by-step explanations of the different ways fires can be conjured, through the experiences of making fire and traditions involving fire from his teaching, travels, and adventures. Through this narrative he will also meditate on the wider topics surrounding fire and how it shapes the world around us.

  • ISBN: 9781780897660
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 567 g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm
A Dani warrior tribesman blows onto a bundle of tinder, smoke billows out

About the Author

Born in rural Suffolk in 1989, Daniel Hume is a naturalist and wilderness adventurer, and an authority on traditional bush skills from around the world. One of his deepest interests throughout his life has been the art of making and using fire and as a youngster he set out to learn every method used to conjure it. In more recent years he has made it his mission to travel the world, often to the most remote corners, to meet people who still directly interact with fire from a traditional sense and learn from their wisdom. This combination has enabled him to master some of the most extraordinary native fire-making techniques from across the globe and gain a unique insight into what fire means to the human race. Daniel has been an instructor at Ray Mears' Woodlore School of Wilderness Bushcraft for eleven years, and from 2011 to 2017 he served as the company's Head of Operations.

Daniel Hume stood with a backpack in the Highlands of New Guinea
Daniel Hume in the Highlands of New Guinea

Get the equipment Daniel recommends

Discover the joy of fire for yourself with these recommended pieces of equipment.

Daniel Hume's hands strike a knife blade down a metal rod, as a small flame burns in a bundle of tinder
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Ferrocerium Rod
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A metal striker shaped like a horseshoe next to a flint and a small piece of measuring cardboard
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Steel Strike-a-Light
Used for generations prior to the invention of friction matches.
Daniel Hume holds a concave mirror, which houses a small piece of tinder and reflects the sun, causing ignition
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Solar Fire Lighter
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