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Making Fire

By Stephen Blake and David M. Welch.

ISBN 9780977503513

Published by David M. Welch 2006

Format: Paperback

102 pages, with 117 illustrations – mostly colour photos, but also drawings and archival black and white photos.

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Chapter One deals with ancient fire making by different indigenous people of the world.

Chapter Two describes Australian Aboriginal methods of fire making – the hand drill, and the fire saw using a spearthrower cut across a shield, a boomerang over a shield or split stick, or a piece of wood over the dried cracks in a fallen log.

The remaining chapters describe and illustrate, in precise detail, practical demonstrations of fire making using two sticks: the hand drillbow drillfire saw and fire plough. The advantages and disadvantages of each method, pitfalls and troubleshooting advice are given, allowing the reader to achieve these methods.