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  • #16
    Originally posted by Snow Walker View Post
    This last fall I played with an idea of using 2 corncobs tied together for a fire board along with a cedar drill and it worked great.

    Give it a try!
    very slick...I like it...:)
    Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Oatmealer View Post
      For the fire bow drill You don't really need a "curved" stick for a bow, it just makes it a bit easier if you have not had a lot of practice. Dry mullein makes a great "drill" very soft and it turns to ash very quickly. Hardwood can be used for the "hand hold" but you may notice it will squeak loudly once the wood starts to heat up. Take your finger and wipe the oil from the side of your nose and apply it to where it meets the drill, it will quiet it long enough. Bone or a stone, with a carved divit works best in my opinion. Primitive fire starting is one of my favorite subjects. I have not started a fire with a match or a lighter in several years. It's just the common way to do it for me.
      Maybe you can post a few pictures of your bow drill in action.I haven't yet perfected the method and any help is appreciated.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Snow Walker View Post
        This last fall I played with an idea of using 2 corncobs tied together for a fire board along with a cedar drill and it worked great.

        Give it a try!
        What a unique idea for a fire board. Thanks for the tip.

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        • #19
          The most effective combination I have found in my area is a Yucca spindle and a Cottonwood hearth. A lot of the books and videos out there show putting your tinder bundle underneath the hearth. In my experience this causes my tinder bundle to either compress or self destruct. Cody Lundin taught us in Aboriginal Living Skills to use a leaf, piece of bark, etc. underneath the notch. Once you have a good coal going tap the hearth with the spindle to free the coal. Then transfer the coal to your tinder bundle. I have had better luck with a straighter as opposed to curved bow. Dry Cottonwood cambium of dry Juniper bark make good tinder bundles.

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          • #20
            I'm curious... What's the best time anyone has had getting flame (not ember or smoke) from a bow drill. I know there are more variables than one could count affecting the outcome (humidity, location, tinder, drill materials, etc...)
            From the first twist of the spindle to an actual flaming tinder pile what's your best time? average time?

            I've never done it so count me out.:mad:
            The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by slowz1k View Post
              I'm curious... What's the best time anyone has had getting flame (not ember or smoke) from a bow drill. I know there are more variables than one could count affecting the outcome (humidity, location, tinder, drill materials, etc...)
              From the first twist of the spindle to an actual flaming tinder pile what's your best time? average time?

              I've never done it so count me out.:mad:
              Don't feel bad, I haven't yet had a successful fire with the bow drill.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PT945 View Post
                Don't feel bad, I haven't yet had a successful fire with the bow drill.
                About 8-10 minutes.
                not an expert

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by PT945 View Post
                  The methods i know of are bow drill, hand drill, fire plow , and fire thong .
                  I never thought to use a thong, but then again I have never worn a thong either...
                  Mountain Man J :cool:

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by J40SW View Post
                    I never thought to use a thong, but then again I have never worn a thong either...
                    You don't know what your missing, you try it.

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                    • #25
                      I have used the fire thong and bow drill flint and Steel methods all with success how ever I cant start a fire with a magnifying glass to save my life it is a horrible thing to watch my trying to do it would try the patients of a special needs teacher
                      NONSOLIS RADIOS SEDIOUIS FULMINA MITTO

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                      • #26
                        The hand drill always kicks my butt. I have gotten a wisp of smoke, but never an ember.

                        http://www.primitiveways.com/pt-fire.html

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