“The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.”
Henry David Thoreau
Where would bushcraft be without fire!
Fire! It warms us, mystifies us, delights us, and provides us with hundreds of teaching opportunities. One thing’s for sure: it would be hard to imagine a life without fire.
Many of us have pondered who first learned to create and control fire. And when and where did that first happen? Unfortunately, we can only speculate as to the exact answers to these questions.Many scientists believe that the controlled use of fire was likely first achieved by an ancient human ancestor known as Homo erectus during the Early Stone Age. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of what they believe to be the controlled use of fire in Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa, as well as the Lake Turkana region of Kenya.
Although it’s impossible to know exactly who used fire in these areas or how they used it, experts believe these sites show that the early ancestors of human beings controlled fire well over a million years ago. Evidence at some of the sites indicates that the use of fire could date back almost two million years.
“A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.”
The Firecraft Theme Camp is an exciting place to try out numerous fire lighting techniques and gadgets, and explore many innovative ways to utilize fire and all it’s amazing uses. At the very least, you can count on a warm and inviting campfire coupled with captivating discussions and exchange of information.
Note: The Firecraft theme camp is currently looking for a program sponsor as well as a financial sponsor. If you are interested in providing some of the above, and would like an opportunity to showcase your talents and/or wares, please contact us.
“One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.”