A high school senior kneels in the forest duff, grasping a handmade bow. He moves his arm back and forth, and a high-pitched squeaking sound ricochets through the woods.
Eight-year-old Asher Wool stands a few feet away. He explains what this teenager is up to.
"So, he's rubbing the string against the spindle to make a coal that can make a fire," Asher says.
No matches. No crumpled newspaper. The teenager has worked for years to develop the skill of building a friction fire here at Earthwork, a wilderness school located in western Massachusetts.