Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Making Fire (or not)

Aside from the Crannog itself, there are numerous reconstructions of tools and rudimentary machines which would have been in use in the Bronze Age. From drop spinning and looms to lathes, and including this counterweighted drill. A device like this would have been used to bore holes through stones which could then be used as weights for looms or fishing nets. Although slow, it was amazingly effective.

Of course, everybody's favourite is the art of making fire! Our guides, Marion and Dirk, demonstrated the fire bow method

With a great deal of success

at some considerable risk to a beard.....

Regrettably, my own efforts at emulating the Celts and Ray Mears fell somewhat short. Lots of smoke but no fire - more practice required!

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