"Steve attended the Tracker School many, many years ago and he has been called to teach primitive skills workshops that are hands-on and experiential. He teaches how to make fire by friction using a homemade bow drill, how to make a debris hut if you need shelter, purifying water, and other survival skills, but not from that "man conquers nature" attitude we see all the time on TV programs, but rather from an attitude of respect and love for Mama Earth. He particularly loves to teach children (but teaches adults too) and can take his workshops anywhere as he has honed this amazing mobile system over the years." - Michele
I recently attended Steve Pullinger's Primitive Survival Skills course. The instruction was excellent. Steve has a vast knowledge of survival skills and a lifetime of experience in primitive fire making. I would recommend the course for anyone interested in improving their knowledge and or abilities in survival and primitive fire making. -Mike M.
Steve is an amazing teacher. He did a Survival Skills 101 2-hour workshop on Saturday, May 12 at Mint Springs Park for the Crozet Library. The workshop covered building a shelter, finding water and making it potable, finding food, and starting fires in a variety of ways. What really struck me was the variety of skill levels he covered - from someone who is doing everything without tools in the wilderness to those who may have some tools with them. This workshop was for ages 10+, and everyone was engaged and excited to learn from him. Steve's level of interactivity was spot-on, and he was able to fit a lot of information into that short 2 hours. I would highly recommend him for all age groups, and will be happy to have him back at the library for this program again. -Hayley T.
"Steve was able to tailor his primitive skills workshop to the needs of our 60+ sixth grade students. He designed a thoughtfully integrated program including friction fire making, shelter building, water purifying, and trapping as a co-curricular activity during our teaching of the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikkelsen. Students were engaged in thinking through a possible survival scenario and identifying key elements of necessary resources and skills to successfully adapt to their environment." - D. Andersen, 6th grade English teacher
Thank you for a very interesting and exciting survival training session. It was one of the best English classes of the year. Cole Matthews from 'Touching Spirit Bear' should have been there to hear what you had to say. Undoubtably, Cole would have had better success in the wild by using your techniques. The survival tips you gave us were definitely more useful than any tips Cole could give us. In addition, Cole didn't use his resources as wisely as you did. I think you would be a great teacher for Cole. I also think Cole would like you better than Garvey and Edwin, his parole officers. I think your demonstration of how to start a fire was very complicated but interesting. The bow and drill method of starting a fire is less efficient than using matches or a lighter. I would love to learn more about how to start a fire and how to set traps...Alex, middle school student