The Art of Fire

The Art of Fire

Step by step guide to starting, building and handling fires


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 has been written about it.

Through his narrative Hume also meditates on the wider topics surrounding fire and how it shapes the world around us.


  • Beautiful book…Cracking photos…Daniel Hume’s book is part manual, part art, part spiritual movement
    Trail Magazine

About the author

Daniel Hume

Daniel Hume is an instructor at Ray Mears' Woodlore School of Wilderness Bushcraft, having served since 2006, and is an expert on bush craft and the art of survival in the wild. The art of making and keeping a fire has been Daniel’s greatest passion from a young age. Daniel has made it his mission to travel the world and learn first-hand how tribesmen in remote places build fires key to their survival and existence. In his quest he has mastered some of the most extraordinary native fire-making techniques from across the globe.
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