Fire Starter

Photos by Marlena Sloss/The Herald
Ethan Goldman of Birdseye, 10, held the bow steady for his mother, Amy, during a bow drill fire-making workshop at the Ferdinand State Forest in Ferdinand on Sunday. Kacie Klem of Ferdinand, who led the workshop, taught the primitive technique while working at a wilderness therapy program in Utah. “The ability to learn a skill and to take pride in it, to do something that most other people don’t know how to do, and being able to share that with people, it brings a sense of fulfillment for me,” Klem said.


Klem made smoke with a bow drill. "Being able to make fire for yourself, there' a sense of resiliency that it builds in you, as you learn how to do it," Klem said.


Klem assisted Rock Emmert of Ferdinand and Chase Niehaus of St. Anthony, 10, at the Ferdinand State Forest in Ferdinand on Sunday.


Snow fell during the workshop.


Tools used to do bow drill fire-making — a bow, right, spindle, hearth board and top rock — sat next to Klem.



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