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Why tilt your bow drill spindle? Generally speaking, drilling straight down into your hearth is a solid strategy, but some subtle adjustments to the angle at which you position the spindle can go a long way toward avoiding frustration and convincing difficult sets to produce embers. 
When you first start drilling into a new divot, the dent that the spindle tip rides in is usually pretty shallow, and this can make it prone to jumping out at the notch.  Tilting the top of the spindle toward your body angles the tip away from the notch and can help prevent this common problem. 
Once the spindle is well seated, adjusting your spindle so that it sits approximately vertical and perpendicular to the hearth will make it easier to drill while you build the dust pile, as the friction will be concentrated on the tip of the spindle, making it easier to turn, and easier for you to work the bow. 
You can often just add speed and pressure at this angle to ignite your dust pile, but you can get an extra advantage by tilting the top spindle slightly away from your body.  This helps to better direct the hot dust into the notch, and also points the hot tip of the spindle directly into the dust pile. 
Years ago a friend suggested to me that it is contact with the spindle tip that actually ignites the flammable dust, and this has proven to be a very valuable insight.  I don’t know if this is always true, but looking at it this way has helped my success rate immensely. 
I exaggerated the angles a bit to make them clear for demonstration purposes, but this isn’t watch making, so close enough will often get you there. 
There are other reasons you may want to tilt your spindle that I didn’t cover here.  I find it very useful for methods like the two-hole/keyhole hearth, no-notch hearth, utility drilling with a spindle, and managing issues with a set to direct forces away from weak points in the hearth when working with poor materials. 
This is just as useful (if not more so) for the hand drill, where the margins for error are slimmer, and small adjustments are more likely to make the difference.
Why tilt your bow drill spindle? Generally speaking, drilling straight down into your hearth is a solid strategy, but some subtle adjustments to the angle at which you position the spindle can go a long way toward avoiding frustration and convincing difficult sets to produce embers. When you first start drilling into a new divot, the dent that the spindle tip rides in is usually pretty shallow, and this can make it prone to jumping out at the notch.  Tilting the top of the spindle toward your body angles the tip away from the notch and can help prevent this common problem. Once the spindle is well seated, adjusting your spindle so that it sits approximately vertical and perpendicular to the hearth will make it easier to drill while you build the dust pile, as the friction will be concentrated on the tip of the spindle, making it easier to turn, and easier for you to work the bow. You can often just add speed and pressure at this angle to ignite your dust pile, but you can get an extra advantage by tilting the top spindle slightly away from your body.  This helps to better direct the hot dust into the notch, and also points the hot tip of the spindle directly into the dust pile. Years ago a friend suggested to me that it is contact with the spindle tip that actually ignites the flammable dust, and this has proven to be a very valuable insight.  I don’t know if this is always true, but looking at it this way has helped my success rate immensely. I exaggerated the angles a bit to make them clear for demonstration purposes, but this isn’t watch making, so close enough will often get you there. There are other reasons you may want to tilt your spindle that I didn’t cover here.  I find it very useful for methods like the two-hole/keyhole hearth, no-notch hearth, utility drilling with a spindle, and managing issues with a set to direct forces away from weak points in the hearth when working with poor materials. This is just as useful (if not more so) for the hand drill, where the margins for error are slimmer, and small adjustments are more likely to make the difference.
Yaylı matkap ile ateş başlatma...Yayli matkap setimin yayı doğada bulduğum türünü bilmediğim bir hayvanın kaburga kemiğindendir.Setin matkabı ve ocağı kavak ağacından, elcik ise aşık kemiğindendir.
#bowdrillfire #primitiveskills #bushcraftturkiye #yaylımatkap #kampateşi #bowdrill #bushcraftskills #primitivefire #neolitik #paleolitik  #prehistorya #wilderness #ateş #ilkel #hayattakal #wildernessculture #wildernessskills
I made this little tinder pouch a few months ago. I realized after it was done that it should have been a little bigger but I just did it on a whim. Being a girl I had to bling it a little. Too much? #tinderpouch #primitivefire #fireskills #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcrafter #fire #outdoors #survival #survivalskills #wildernesssurvival #primitivesurvivalskills
Axe man saves a dog on the side of a HIghway! I gave him a diary camera, so a lot of good footage is going to be uploaded now. I only cross paths with this guy every couple weeks. Glad I thought of the diary cam idea to get a closer look into his life 🔥
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👽 🌿  #theaxeman #axeman #atlatl #wrightwood #bushcrafting #edibleplants #survivor #survival #primitive #hike #knowledge #trap #native #spiritual #naturewalk #primitiveskills #oc #spiritscience #meditation #indigochild #fit #yoga #yogi #yogalove #kundalini #outdoorskills #nature #tribe #fitness #primitivefire
Axe man saves a dog on the side of a HIghway! I gave him a diary camera, so a lot of good footage is going to be uploaded now. I only cross paths with this guy every couple weeks. Glad I thought of the diary cam idea to get a closer look into his life 🔥 👽 👽 🌿 #theaxeman  #axeman  #atlatl  #wrightwood  #bushcrafting  #edibleplants  #survivor  #survival  #primitive  #hike  #knowledge  #trap  #native  #spiritual  #naturewalk  #primitiveskills  #oc  #spiritscience  #meditation  #indigochild  #fit  #yoga  #yogi  #yogalove  #kundalini  #outdoorskills  #nature  #tribe  #fitness  #primitivefire 
This is an ember made with flint and steel using the ovum from the inside of a milkweed seed pod. The significance of this is that the material does not have to be charred ahead of time to take the spark from flint and steel. There are a limited number of materials that can be used this way so this is a good resource to know. Thanks to Joshua Enyart for passing on this info. Check him out on Youtube, he has an excellent channel called "The Gray Bearded Green Beret." #flintandsteel #fire #primitivefire #primitiveskills #bushcraft #blackhatbushcraft
This is an ember made with flint and steel using the ovum from the inside of a milkweed seed pod. The significance of this is that the material does not have to be charred ahead of time to take the spark from flint and steel. There are a limited number of materials that can be used this way so this is a good resource to know. Thanks to Joshua Enyart for passing on this info. Check him out on Youtube, he has an excellent channel called "The Gray Bearded Green Beret." #flintandsteel  #fire  #primitivefire  #primitiveskills  #bushcraft  #blackhatbushcraft 
Charring punk wood and bracket fungi in a tinder tin. -
I wanted to experiment with charring in an open tin which is simply closed at the end to extinguish the fire and which hopefully results in a mixture of charred materials ready to catch a spark from flint and steel. 
For the tinder bundle in the tin I used cedar bark shavings that are great for fire lighting from an ember. The punk wood and brackets were next to it in the tin and I put further pieces of the punk wood on top of the ember during the charring. After about ten minutes I simply closed it and I think about half or more of the materials inside are charred. Next time I’ll let it catch a spark to see how well the open char tin worked. 
#bowdrill #bowdrillfire #ember #primitivefire #outdoorsman #primitivetechnology #primitiveskills #charcoal #punkwoodchar #tinderbox #tinderbundle #bracketfungus #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcraftskills #woodcraft #inthewoods #modernoutdoorsman #wildernessskills #survivalskills #charred #charredwood #primitivewild #frictionfire #firebyfriction #fireskills #firepractice #firelighting #sparks #flintandsteel
Charring punk wood and bracket fungi in a tinder tin. - I wanted to experiment with charring in an open tin which is simply closed at the end to extinguish the fire and which hopefully results in a mixture of charred materials ready to catch a spark from flint and steel. For the tinder bundle in the tin I used cedar bark shavings that are great for fire lighting from an ember. The punk wood and brackets were next to it in the tin and I put further pieces of the punk wood on top of the ember during the charring. After about ten minutes I simply closed it and I think about half or more of the materials inside are charred. Next time I’ll let it catch a spark to see how well the open char tin worked. #bowdrill  #bowdrillfire  #ember  #primitivefire  #outdoorsman  #primitivetechnology  #primitiveskills  #charcoal  #punkwoodchar  #tinderbox  #tinderbundle  #bracketfungus  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcraftskills  #woodcraft  #inthewoods  #modernoutdoorsman  #wildernessskills  #survivalskills  #charred  #charredwood  #primitivewild  #frictionfire  #firebyfriction  #fireskills  #firepractice  #firelighting  #sparks  #flintandsteel 
Yesterday I felt that I had my first "real" bushcraft moment - I made my first campfire without lighters, matches or any other fire sources 🙌🔥 For the last couples of trips I have collected bark (yet to stumble upon birch bark), pine cones and charred cloth and then made my own fire starting kit and it worked just with some sparks from a ferro rod. 
Seriously, that feeling is amazing ❤️ While my son was napping I had time to experiment with starting the campfire again a couple of times when it seemed to had died out with some few embers left - great experience to have 🙌🙌🙌
And I found time to knit and enjoy a cup of tea 🍵 Have a great day ☀️🍂🍁
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#bushcraft #nature #campfire #ferrorod #firesteel #firestartingkit #outdoors #charcloth #buildafire #shelter #primitivefire #aarhus #hørhaven #denmark #danishnature #camptea #tea  #knitting #bål #udeliv #friluftsliv #udinaturen #natur #te #liveterskønt #strikke #jegstrikker #efterårshygge
Yesterday I felt that I had my first "real" bushcraft moment - I made my first campfire without lighters, matches or any other fire sources 🙌🔥 For the last couples of trips I have collected bark (yet to stumble upon birch bark), pine cones and charred cloth and then made my own fire starting kit and it worked just with some sparks from a ferro rod. Seriously, that feeling is amazing ❤️ While my son was napping I had time to experiment with starting the campfire again a couple of times when it seemed to had died out with some few embers left - great experience to have 🙌🙌🙌 And I found time to knit and enjoy a cup of tea 🍵 Have a great day ☀️🍂🍁 . . . #bushcraft  #nature  #campfire  #ferrorod  #firesteel  #firestartingkit  #outdoors  #charcloth  #buildafire  #shelter  #primitivefire  #aarhus  #hørhaven  #denmark  #danishnature  #camptea  #tea  #knitting  #bål  #udeliv  #friluftsliv  #udinaturen  #natur  #te  #liveterskønt  #strikke  #jegstrikker  #efterårshygge 
Here’s a combo I’d never tried before. Calycanthus spindle on Sweetgum branch. One of the easiest embers I’ve had. Tinder bundle is Coast redwood inner bark. 
Still loving this little knife by @2arrow_knives 
#frictionfire #firebyfriction #handdrillfire #primitivefire #ancestralskills #primitiveskills #bushcraft #survival #lifeskills #humanskills #fire #californianativeplants #calycanthusoccidentalis #westernspicebush #sequoiasempervirens #coastredwood #plantsofnorthamerica #sweetgum #liquidambarstyraciflua #2arrowknives
Here’s a combo I’d never tried before. Calycanthus spindle on Sweetgum branch. One of the easiest embers I’ve had. Tinder bundle is Coast redwood inner bark. Still loving this little knife by @2arrow_knives #frictionfire  #firebyfriction  #handdrillfire  #primitivefire  #ancestralskills  #primitiveskills  #bushcraft  #survival  #lifeskills  #humanskills  #fire  #californianativeplants  #calycanthusoccidentalis  #westernspicebush  #sequoiasempervirens  #coastredwood  #plantsofnorthamerica  #sweetgum  #liquidambarstyraciflua  #2arrowknives 
@naturereconnection now has its headquarters in Leona Valley. In this picture Head Instructor @Kody_sherwood shows us the bridge he completed. What’s so special about this bridge? A ranch was just purchased, and on the other side of that bridge is going to be our full time training facility. Nature Reconnection is now becoming a non profit organization with a full headquarters and land to sustainably develop. We will educate, and train people across this bridge to live more sustainably and never loose their connection to nature. 🌵
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👽 🌿  #peacenotwar #bowhunting #atlatl #wrightwood #bushcrafting #edibleplants #survivor #survival #primitive #hike #knowledge #trap #native #spiritual #naturewalk #primitiveskills #oc #spiritscience #meditation #indigochild #fit #yoga #yogi #yogalove #kundalini #outdoorskills #nature #tribe #fitness #primitivefire
@naturereconnection now has its headquarters in Leona Valley. In this picture Head Instructor @Kody_sherwood shows us the bridge he completed. What’s so special about this bridge? A ranch was just purchased, and on the other side of that bridge is going to be our full time training facility. Nature Reconnection is now becoming a non profit organization with a full headquarters and land to sustainably develop. We will educate, and train people across this bridge to live more sustainably and never loose their connection to nature. 🌵 🍄 🌲 🐾🐾 🌾 👽 🌿 #peacenotwar  #bowhunting  #atlatl  #wrightwood  #bushcrafting  #edibleplants  #survivor  #survival  #primitive  #hike  #knowledge  #trap  #native  #spiritual  #naturewalk  #primitiveskills  #oc  #spiritscience  #meditation  #indigochild  #fit  #yoga  #yogi  #yogalove  #kundalini  #outdoorskills  #nature  #tribe  #fitness  #primitivefire 
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👽 Nature Reconnection now has its headquarters in Leona Valley. In this picture Head Instructor Kody Sherwood shows us the bridge he completed. What’s so special about this bridge? A ranch was just purchased, and on the other side of that bridge is going to be our full time training facility. Nature Reconnection is now becoming a non profit organization with a full headquarters and land to sustainably develop. We will educate, and train people across this bridge to live more sustainably and never loose their connection to nature. 👽 🌿  #peacenotwar #bowhunting #atlatl #wrightwood #bushcrafting #edibleplants #survivor #survival #primitive #hike #knowledge #trap #native #spiritual #naturewalk #primitiveskills #oc #spiritscience #meditation #indigochild #fit #yoga #yogi #yogalove #kundalini #outdoorskills #nature #tribe #fitness #primitivefire
🔥 👽 Nature Reconnection now has its headquarters in Leona Valley. In this picture Head Instructor Kody Sherwood shows us the bridge he completed. What’s so special about this bridge? A ranch was just purchased, and on the other side of that bridge is going to be our full time training facility. Nature Reconnection is now becoming a non profit organization with a full headquarters and land to sustainably develop. We will educate, and train people across this bridge to live more sustainably and never loose their connection to nature. 👽 🌿 #peacenotwar  #bowhunting  #atlatl  #wrightwood  #bushcrafting  #edibleplants  #survivor  #survival  #primitive  #hike  #knowledge  #trap  #native  #spiritual  #naturewalk  #primitiveskills  #oc  #spiritscience  #meditation  #indigochild  #fit  #yoga  #yogi  #yogalove  #kundalini  #outdoorskills  #nature  #tribe  #fitness  #primitivefire 
A tall ember is a strong ember! Recently suggested by @nwprimate. And I fully agree!
This bow drill ember lasted more than five minutes. So, no rush for putting this in the tinder bundle! -
A tall ember is super useful for having enough time to get everything ready for your fire lighting. So, take your time to enjoy the beauty of the ember!
#frictionfire #bowdrill #bowdrillfire #feuerbohren #firebyfriction #fireskills #ember #dailyember #primitivefire #primitiveskills #firemaking #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcraftskills #survival #survivaltips #survivalskills  #woodcraft #woodcrafting #wildernessskills #outdoorskills #takeyourtime #modernoutdoors #modernoutdoorsman #getoutandexplore #getoutandenjoy #sparksandnature #panasoniclumix
A tall ember is a strong ember! Recently suggested by @nwprimate. And I fully agree! This bow drill ember lasted more than five minutes. So, no rush for putting this in the tinder bundle! - A tall ember is super useful for having enough time to get everything ready for your fire lighting. So, take your time to enjoy the beauty of the ember! #frictionfire  #bowdrill  #bowdrillfire  #feuerbohren  #firebyfriction  #fireskills  #ember  #dailyember  #primitivefire  #primitiveskills  #firemaking  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcraftskills  #survival  #survivaltips  #survivalskills  #woodcraft  #woodcrafting  #wildernessskills  #outdoorskills  #takeyourtime  #modernoutdoors  #modernoutdoorsman  #getoutandexplore  #getoutandenjoy  #sparksandnature  #panasoniclumix 
My first video and my first successful attempt at friction fire using the bow drill method. Materials for the drill and base board are locally harvested lantana. Loving the learning curve 🤘..#frictionfire #firebyfriction #bowdrill #learning #primitiveskills #bowdrillfire #primitivefire #primitivefiremaking #bushcraft #survival #bugoutbag #bugout
Maple Kuksa video is up on my YouTube channel so check it out when you can. A gift I made for @ffoowwlleerr_ to show my appreciation for his advice and support 
#kuksa #woodworking #woodcarving #moraknives #sami #cup #riverbendlongbows #gift #bushcraft #primitivefire #primitiveskills #selfreliance #selfsufficient #outside #outdoors
Primer Lugar “Premio Casa Candina”
1996 First Place “Casa Candina Award 🥇 1996 - Museo se Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan PR.  # #ceramicsclase #mixmidiaart #artisticceramics #ceramicsculpture #artgalery #museumart #artmuseum #momamuseumnewyork #claysculpture #clay#primitivefire
Bow drill practice in the woods using some collected spruce wood for the hearth and spindle. Since the first ember was rather small and my punk wood sandwich bundle wasn’t ready for the ember, I drilled a second time and this ember did the job. -
The crumbled punk wood lights really quickly from the ember with some blowing airflow. It’s definitely a great resource for fire lighting that I like more and more. 
#bowdrill #bowdrillfire #frictionfire #firebyfriction #firelighting #punkwood #fireskills #firepractice #firemaking #tinder #tinderbundle #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcraftskills #bushcraftgermany #feuerbohren #feuermachen #inthewoods #survival #survivalskills #survivalist #wildernessskills #primitivesurvival #primitiveskills #primitivefire #sparksandnature #woodcraft #outdoorskills #primitivewild #getoutandexplore
Bow drill practice in the woods using some collected spruce wood for the hearth and spindle. Since the first ember was rather small and my punk wood sandwich bundle wasn’t ready for the ember, I drilled a second time and this ember did the job. - The crumbled punk wood lights really quickly from the ember with some blowing airflow. It’s definitely a great resource for fire lighting that I like more and more. #bowdrill  #bowdrillfire  #frictionfire  #firebyfriction  #firelighting  #punkwood  #fireskills  #firepractice  #firemaking  #tinder  #tinderbundle  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcraftskills  #bushcraftgermany  #feuerbohren  #feuermachen  #inthewoods  #survival  #survivalskills  #survivalist  #wildernessskills  #primitivesurvival  #primitiveskills  #primitivefire  #sparksandnature  #woodcraft  #outdoorskills  #primitivewild  #getoutandexplore 
Different; not better.  Last year I received a friendly challenge on Bushcraft USA to make a video using what is often called an Eskimo Strap Drill.  Traditionally, a hearth is held between the knees, and the bearing block is held in the mouth, leaving both hands free to work the spindle with a piece of cordage.

I love trying different methods but I had already made up my mind that I wasn’t comfortable putting my face that close to the moving parts.  After seeing countless hot spindles pop out of bearing blocks and divots over the years, the thought of getting stabbed in the eye or taking a spindle down the throat just didn’t seem appealing.  I also wasn’t thrilled about sticking my nose down into all of that smoke and hot dust, so I asked if I could modify the technique and still meet the challenge.

This rickety friction fire Rube Goldberg machine was the result.  A few dead willow saplings acted as a frame to hold both the hearth and bearing block.  By getting down on one knee, I was able to put the other one under the bottom support and control the downward (in this case upward) pressure. 
I drilled through and broke the hearth on the first attempt, but was able to make it work on the second try. 
This was way more trouble than it was worth for practical purposes, as it would be so much easier just to run a conventional bow drill, but it was still fun trying to meet the challenge.

I do wonder what the advantage of the original design is.  I suppose if you don’t have a stick for a bow, this would be a solution, but I don’t have to rely on burning blubber, so this was just for fun. 
The hearth and spindle were western red cedar, the bearing block was fatwood, and the whole contraption was rigged up with blackberry vines and exposed roots from the riverbed.  The cordage was a section of braided nettles fiber.
Different; not better.  Last year I received a friendly challenge on Bushcraft USA to make a video using what is often called an Eskimo Strap Drill. Traditionally, a hearth is held between the knees, and the bearing block is held in the mouth, leaving both hands free to work the spindle with a piece of cordage. I love trying different methods but I had already made up my mind that I wasn’t comfortable putting my face that close to the moving parts.  After seeing countless hot spindles pop out of bearing blocks and divots over the years, the thought of getting stabbed in the eye or taking a spindle down the throat just didn’t seem appealing. I also wasn’t thrilled about sticking my nose down into all of that smoke and hot dust, so I asked if I could modify the technique and still meet the challenge. This rickety friction fire Rube Goldberg machine was the result. A few dead willow saplings acted as a frame to hold both the hearth and bearing block. By getting down on one knee, I was able to put the other one under the bottom support and control the downward (in this case upward) pressure. I drilled through and broke the hearth on the first attempt, but was able to make it work on the second try. This was way more trouble than it was worth for practical purposes, as it would be so much easier just to run a conventional bow drill, but it was still fun trying to meet the challenge. I do wonder what the advantage of the original design is.  I suppose if you don’t have a stick for a bow, this would be a solution, but I don’t have to rely on burning blubber, so this was just for fun. The hearth and spindle were western red cedar, the bearing block was fatwood, and the whole contraption was rigged up with blackberry vines and exposed roots from the riverbed.  The cordage was a section of braided nettles fiber.
Different; not better.  Last year I received a friendly challenge on Bushcraft USA to make a video using what is often called an Eskimo Strap Drill.  Traditionally, a hearth is held between the knees, and the bearing block is held in the mouth, leaving both hands free to work the spindle with a piece of cordage.

I love trying different methods but I had already made up my mind that I wasn’t comfortable putting my face that close to the moving parts.  After seeing countless hot spindles pop out of bearing blocks and divots over the years, the thought of getting stabbed in the eye or taking a spindle down the throat just didn’t seem appealing.  I also wasn’t thrilled about sticking my nose down into all of that smoke and hot dust, so I asked if I could modify the technique and still meet the challenge.

This rickety friction fire Rube Goldberg machine was the result.  A few dead willow saplings acted as a frame to hold both the hearth and bearing block.  By getting down on one knee, I was able to put the other one under the bottom support and control the downward (in this case upward) pressure. 
I drilled through and broke the hearth on the first attempt, but was able to make it work on the second try. 
This was way more trouble than it was worth for practical purposes, as it would be so much easier just to run a conventional bow drill, but it was still fun trying to meet the challenge.

I do wonder what the advantage of the original design is.  I suppose if you don’t have a stick for a bow, this would be a solution, but I don’t have to rely on burning blubber, so this was just for fun. 
The hearth and spindle were western red cedar, the bearing block was fatwood, and the whole contraption was rigged up with blackberry vines and exposed roots from the riverbed.  The cordage was a section of braided nettles fiber. 
Traditional strap drill clip from Dynamic Sport Adventures
Different; not better.  Last year I received a friendly challenge on Bushcraft USA to make a video using what is often called an Eskimo Strap Drill. Traditionally, a hearth is held between the knees, and the bearing block is held in the mouth, leaving both hands free to work the spindle with a piece of cordage. I love trying different methods but I had already made up my mind that I wasn’t comfortable putting my face that close to the moving parts.  After seeing countless hot spindles pop out of bearing blocks and divots over the years, the thought of getting stabbed in the eye or taking a spindle down the throat just didn’t seem appealing. I also wasn’t thrilled about sticking my nose down into all of that smoke and hot dust, so I asked if I could modify the technique and still meet the challenge. This rickety friction fire Rube Goldberg machine was the result. A few dead willow saplings acted as a frame to hold both the hearth and bearing block. By getting down on one knee, I was able to put the other one under the bottom support and control the downward (in this case upward) pressure. I drilled through and broke the hearth on the first attempt, but was able to make it work on the second try. This was way more trouble than it was worth for practical purposes, as it would be so much easier just to run a conventional bow drill, but it was still fun trying to meet the challenge. I do wonder what the advantage of the original design is.  I suppose if you don’t have a stick for a bow, this would be a solution, but I don’t have to rely on burning blubber, so this was just for fun. The hearth and spindle were western red cedar, the bearing block was fatwood, and the whole contraption was rigged up with blackberry vines and exposed roots from the riverbed.  The cordage was a section of braided nettles fiber. Traditional strap drill clip from Dynamic Sport Adventures
... we made our first bow drill fire together today 🔥 yeah! Even though I am scared to burn myself you support me lighting up the tinder bundle 💥 @trevorkelley189 
#primitivefire#fire#bowdrill#tinderbundle#sweetlife#spruce#wildernessawarenessschool#freead#lightmyfire#natureconnection#waldviertler
La mia missione: creare Consapevolezza. La mia più grande soddisfazione: leggere una nuova consapevolezza negli occhi dei miei allievi.

#NaturalSurvival #MarcoPriori #Natura #rispettoperlanatura #greywolf #consapevolezza #scuolanatura #primitivefire #fuoco #acqua #escursionismo #pianteselvatiche #animaltracking  #percorsonaturalsurvival #lupo #riparo #explore #consapevolezza #nature #wild #avventura #outdoor
Steel and Mozarkite. Wet one out there that day.  #eseeknives #bushcraft #flintandsteel #mozarkite #beckerknives #surviveknivesgso #whitemountains #primitivefire #woodsman @kay.graves
Simple striker and flint. Forged from an automotive coil spring.

#flintandsteel #firesteel #strikealight #handforged #blacksmith #blacksmithing #bushcraft #primitivefire #firestarter #ancestralskills #coilspring
Försökte mig på att göra eld med bågdrill, insåg att det är svårare än det ser ut. Förmodligen gjorde jag några små men avgörande fel, men det får jag fundera på till nästa gång. Respekt till er som kan och lyckas!
#ljadasmatochäventyr #livingtolearn #bågdrill #bowdrill #primitivetechnology #bushcraft #primitivefire
Bow Drill with Mora’s Garberg  #morakniv #bowdrill #primitivefire #surefootsurvival
Change of scenery and change of topic. Fire lighting with a single match and feathersticks. -
These sticks are great as tinder and kindling. Just use the match to ignite the feathers at more than one point. That’s a simple and almost error-proof method for lighting the campfire even under rough conditions. 
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Change of scenery and change of topic. Fire lighting with a single match and feathersticks. - These sticks are great as tinder and kindling. Just use the match to ignite the feathers at more than one point. That’s a simple and almost error-proof method for lighting the campfire even under rough conditions. #firelighting  #featherstick  #singlematch  #tinder  #kindling  #campfire  #firemaking  #feathersticks  #simplefire  #primitivefire  #fireskills  #firepractice  #bushcraftfire  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcraftskills  #woodcraft  #survival  #survivaltips  #survivalskills  #wildernessskills  #feuermachen  #sparksandnature  #primitiveskills  #outdoorslife  #firefuel  #outdoorskills  #getoutandexplore  #lagerfeuer  #survivaltraining 
Tras una noche pasada por agua ⛈⛈ es el momento para que los alumnos del CIS consigan el tan deseado fuego por fricción🔥🔥_______________________________________________________ 
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Tras una noche pasada por agua ⛈⛈ es el momento para que los alumnos del CIS consigan el tan deseado fuego por fricción🔥🔥_______________________________________________________ Más info sobre nosotros en: www.jj-adventure.com _______________________________________________________ #jjadventure  #cis_jjadventure  #jjsupervivencia  #supervivencia  #escueladesupervivencia  #cursodesupervivencia  #survival  #bushcraft  #outdoor  #cursos  #aventura  #adventure  #survivalskills  #mountains  #montaña  #naturaleza  #masterclass  #frictionfire  #primitivefire  #primitiveskills  #fuegoporfricción 
Happy to have some elder #primitivefire #mentors in my life after several years of learning on my own that I can hang out with and geek out about all things fire with now and then. Here's Al demonstrating the bamboo #firesaw method he learned from the indigenous in the Philippines for us that Michael 
gifted me after I managed to get an ember with it on my first try! Super eventful fire day! Got 2 handdrill embers, one tandem with Sarah, one bowdrill, one Inuit  style mouthdrill without a bow, and now firesaw! We tried to troubleshoot a sotol fireplow together (basically what is used in the movie Castaway) but it's definitely the hardest of all those and I think at that point we were all exhausted. But soon! #6embersaturday #woohoo #bushcraft #ancestralskills #primitivesurvival
Happy to have some elder #primitivefire  #mentors  in my life after several years of learning on my own that I can hang out with and geek out about all things fire with now and then. Here's Al demonstrating the bamboo #firesaw  method he learned from the indigenous in the Philippines for us that Michael gifted me after I managed to get an ember with it on my first try! Super eventful fire day! Got 2 handdrill embers, one tandem with Sarah, one bowdrill, one Inuit style mouthdrill without a bow, and now firesaw! We tried to troubleshoot a sotol fireplow together (basically what is used in the movie Castaway) but it's definitely the hardest of all those and I think at that point we were all exhausted. But soon! #6embersaturday  #woohoo  #bushcraft  #ancestralskills  #primitivesurvival 
Fire by friction using the spring pole method!
Here’s something a little bit different. Let’s just say thinking outside of the box 📦 can pay off at times 🔥 😎 ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————#survival #survivalist#outdoors #firemaking#firebyfriction #fire#getoutside#nature#wilderness #wildernessculture#bushcraft#shtf#gopro#forest#firemakingskills #primitivesurvival#woodsman#nature #primitivefire#outdoorsurvival#wildernesssurvival#survivalskills#prepper#campinghacks #camping
Fire by friction using the spring pole method! Here’s something a little bit different. Let’s just say thinking outside of the box 📦 can pay off at times 🔥 😎 ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————#survival  #survivalist #outdoors  #firemaking #firebyfriction  #fire #getoutside #nature #wilderness  #wildernessculture #bushcraft #shtf #gopro #forest #firemakingskills  #primitivesurvival #woodsman #nature  #primitivefire #outdoorsurvival #wildernesssurvival #survivalskills #prepper #campinghacks  #camping 
Why learn the floating hand drill method?  For anyone not familiar with it, this refers to a technique where a hand drill spindle is rotated between your palms while applying downward pressure, without moving your hands down the spindle. 
You can be very successful with the hand drill without ever learning this, but I have found it to be immensely beneficial in my environment.  The challenge is learning and conditioning yourself to be able to consistently apply proper downward pressure. 
There are a lot of advantages to be able to do this.  The most obvious is that it gives you the ability to use spindles much shorter than you could get away with using the conventional approach.  This opens up a lot of opportunities for materials that might otherwise not be long or straight enough; and can save you from having to make a host spindle. 
Another advantage is the consistent heat being generated by the spindle remaining in constant motion.  I use this a lot to warm up and slowly dry out the area around the divot before making dust and going for the ember.  If the hearth starts out frozen, the heat that you build will be transferred into the cold portions of the wood, so warming it up slowly can make a big difference. 
One huge benefit that I don’t see mentioned is the fact that floating uses different muscles, and for me switching between floating and running down the spindle feels like I am taking a break.  Switching back and forth between the two allows me to drill longer than I would otherwise. 
With ideally dried materials, it can be easy to get an ember with the floating method alone,  I find it much more useful when combined with conventional passes to add bursts of additional heat. 
Floating can be hard on your hands, so it can be easy to damage them if you aren’t paying attention or have more stubbornness than self-restraint .  The way I do it often involves putting force on the top edge of the spindle, which makes this even worse.

This footage is from February and was my first successful on-site hand drill ember in the snow.  The set was a maple sucker spindle on a western red cedar branch hearth.
Why learn the floating hand drill method?  For anyone not familiar with it, this refers to a technique where a hand drill spindle is rotated between your palms while applying downward pressure, without moving your hands down the spindle. You can be very successful with the hand drill without ever learning this, but I have found it to be immensely beneficial in my environment.  The challenge is learning and conditioning yourself to be able to consistently apply proper downward pressure. There are a lot of advantages to be able to do this.  The most obvious is that it gives you the ability to use spindles much shorter than you could get away with using the conventional approach.  This opens up a lot of opportunities for materials that might otherwise not be long or straight enough; and can save you from having to make a host spindle. Another advantage is the consistent heat being generated by the spindle remaining in constant motion.  I use this a lot to warm up and slowly dry out the area around the divot before making dust and going for the ember.  If the hearth starts out frozen, the heat that you build will be transferred into the cold portions of the wood, so warming it up slowly can make a big difference. One huge benefit that I don’t see mentioned is the fact that floating uses different muscles, and for me switching between floating and running down the spindle feels like I am taking a break.  Switching back and forth between the two allows me to drill longer than I would otherwise. With ideally dried materials, it can be easy to get an ember with the floating method alone,  I find it much more useful when combined with conventional passes to add bursts of additional heat. Floating can be hard on your hands, so it can be easy to damage them if you aren’t paying attention or have more stubbornness than self-restraint .  The way I do it often involves putting force on the top edge of the spindle, which makes this even worse. This footage is from February and was my first successful on-site hand drill ember in the snow.  The set was a maple sucker spindle on a western red cedar branch hearth.
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Breathing life back into a fire. Here I am adding the 3 components into my fire that went out. Heat, fuel, and oxygen. Thank you @nicksnwadventures for this reminder. I still have plenty of hot coals so after identifying the hot spot I add some pine needles for my fuel and then blow on it till I get ignition. Now I have fire again. Sorry for the clumsy filming. #fire #fireskills #firebuilding #primitivefire  #campfire #survival #survivalskills #wildernesssurvival #bushcraft #bushcrafter #bushcrafting #outdoors
Breathing life back into a fire. Here I am adding the 3 components into my fire that went out. Heat, fuel, and oxygen. Thank you @nicksnwadventures for this reminder. I still have plenty of hot coals so after identifying the hot spot I add some pine needles for my fuel and then blow on it till I get ignition. Now I have fire again. Sorry for the clumsy filming. #fire  #fireskills  #firebuilding  #primitivefire  #campfire  #survival  #survivalskills  #wildernesssurvival  #bushcraft  #bushcrafter  #bushcrafting  #outdoors 
FAIL. Tried the char cloth rope method that I saw @nwprimate showed on his feed. Mine wouldn’t take a spark.  I wonder if the shirt I used was 100 percent cotton, or possibly I wound it too tight? Going to try it again until I get it right.  #primitivefire #flintandsteel .
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FAIL. Tried the char cloth rope method that I saw @nwprimate showed on his feed. Mine wouldn’t take a spark. I wonder if the shirt I used was 100 percent cotton, or possibly I wound it too tight? Going to try it again until I get it right. #primitivefire  #flintandsteel  . . . . . . . #bushcraft #bushcraftknife #bushcrafter #bushcrafters #bushcrafting #bushcraftskills #bushcraftcooking #bushcraftshelter #bushcraftusa #bladeforums #firemaking #survival #wildernesssurvival #primitiveskills #morakniv #woodsman #outdoors #themountainsarecalling #naturephotography #camping #hiking #backpacking #outdoorsman #naturelovers #wildernessculture #survivalkit #bcusa #bcusafollow 
I got another chance to interview the @axeman_official . It wasn’t easy! ✌🏼 🌲
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More handdrill practice. Mullein stem on spruce board. Less than 1 minute this time. #primitivefire #primitivefireskills #handdrill #handdrillfire #norwegianbushcraft #practice
On this fire I used the “base and brace” approach suggested to me by @nwprimate so that I am not tossing too much kindling on my fire at the risk of putting it out. This solution worked very well. Yesterday’s “one stick fire” I used the loose teepee with sticks broken into a V and standing over the tinder which was suggested to me by @feralgentleman which also worked very well. It seems to me that when I’m using pine wood it has a higher heat output which is one reason I was just tossing on the kindling. Has anyone else noticed a difference in heat output with different types of wood? Thank you all for the helpful suggestions. I am improving slowly but surely. #fire #fireskills #primitivefire #firebuilding #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcrafter #survival #survivalskills #wildernesssurvival #outdoors #camp #campfire #camping
On this fire I used the “base and brace” approach suggested to me by @nwprimate so that I am not tossing too much kindling on my fire at the risk of putting it out. This solution worked very well. Yesterday’s “one stick fire” I used the loose teepee with sticks broken into a V and standing over the tinder which was suggested to me by @feralgentleman which also worked very well. It seems to me that when I’m using pine wood it has a higher heat output which is one reason I was just tossing on the kindling. Has anyone else noticed a difference in heat output with different types of wood? Thank you all for the helpful suggestions. I am improving slowly but surely. #fire  #fireskills  #primitivefire  #firebuilding  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcrafter  #survival  #survivalskills  #wildernesssurvival  #outdoors  #camp  #campfire  #camping 
Another pit fire. More lessons learned from more mistakes, but I still am in awe of the entire process. Like the magical sunrises over Lake Windermere and full moons that light up the night, I hope I never cease to be amazed by my love affair with pottery.
Another pit fire. More lessons learned from more mistakes, but I still am in awe of the entire process. Like the magical sunrises over Lake Windermere and full moons that light up the night, I hope I never cease to be amazed by my love affair with pottery.
Swiss Army Knife bow drill in the rain.  While I am a big fan of big blades, it is important to remember that any knife is a huge asset in the woods and even a little folding knife with a corkscrew can be put to good use.  This is an edited down version of a six minute video on my YouTube channel that you can check out if you are interested in seeing more of the fire prep.

The set was made from a small Douglas fir sapling that I pushed over, with western red cedar roots for the cordage and a fatwood bearing block.  I used the bottle opener to process down some cedar bark for the tinder bundle.

I’m not suggesting that you should only carry a Swiss Army knife.  Fire in the Pacific Northwest during the rainy season is difficult, even with every possible advantage, so I always carry a sturdy knife, modern ignitions sources, and plenty of petroleum jelly soaked cottonballs. 
If I did find myself in the unlikely situation where I needed to make due with a Swiss Army knife, it would be a big challenge, but like I keep saying, any knife is a huge step up from working with sharp rocks. 
#swissarmyknife #sak #sakaction #victorinox #smallknives #foldingknives #littleknives #sharpknives #dirtyknives #bowdrill #frictionfire #primitivefire #fireintherain #pnwfire #beautifulpnw #bushcraft #survival #bushcraftskills #survivalskills #outdoorskills #traditionalskills #primitiveskills #wildernessskills #wildernessliving #naturalcordage #rootcordage #bushcraftusa #bcusa
Swiss Army Knife bow drill in the rain.  While I am a big fan of big blades, it is important to remember that any knife is a huge asset in the woods and even a little folding knife with a corkscrew can be put to good use.  This is an edited down version of a six minute video on my YouTube channel that you can check out if you are interested in seeing more of the fire prep. The set was made from a small Douglas fir sapling that I pushed over, with western red cedar roots for the cordage and a fatwood bearing block.  I used the bottle opener to process down some cedar bark for the tinder bundle. I’m not suggesting that you should only carry a Swiss Army knife.  Fire in the Pacific Northwest during the rainy season is difficult, even with every possible advantage, so I always carry a sturdy knife, modern ignitions sources, and plenty of petroleum jelly soaked cottonballs. If I did find myself in the unlikely situation where I needed to make due with a Swiss Army knife, it would be a big challenge, but like I keep saying, any knife is a huge step up from working with sharp rocks. #swissarmyknife  #sak  #sakaction  #victorinox  #smallknives  #foldingknives  #littleknives  #sharpknives  #dirtyknives  #bowdrill  #frictionfire  #primitivefire  #fireintherain  #pnwfire  #beautifulpnw  #bushcraft  #survival  #bushcraftskills  #survivalskills  #outdoorskills  #traditionalskills  #primitiveskills  #wildernessskills  #wildernessliving  #naturalcordage  #rootcordage  #bushcraftusa  #bcusa 
What a great weekend of fire making with @wildsurvivalskills . Bowdrill , bamboo fire saw, rattan fire saw, hand drill, natural cordage bow drill. #coalcrackerbushcraft #firemaking #primitive #primitivefire #primitivefiremaking #survialtraining #survial#fireclass #bushcraft #bushlife#knowledgeweighsnothing #greatweekend #alwayslearning #alwayprepared #getoutside #getoutdoors #getoffthecouchandgooutside #bowdrill #bamboofiresaw
Practicing a “one stick fire” that was suggested to me by @survival_guy. I found a really long skinny dead pine tree along my road that rolled down from the woods and dragged it home. I used my hand saw to cut a couple logs and then I split it up into kindling and tinder. I managed to get a good fire going although at the end of the video it looks like it’s going out but it actually burned pretty hot and for a long time. I seem to do best when scrapping my ferro to across something rather striking downward but I’ll keep trying. I also have to scrape several times versus just once but I’ll get there. I have been using a lot of the suggestions given to me by so many helpful people in this community and I am slowly getting better. Thank you all so much. Oh, and if you aren’t already following @survival_guy you really should because he can start a fire with a bottle of water. Check him out. #survival #fire #primitivefire #firebuilding #campfire #fireskills #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcrafter #primitiveskills #wildernesssurvival #outdoors
Practicing a “one stick fire” that was suggested to me by @survival_guy. I found a really long skinny dead pine tree along my road that rolled down from the woods and dragged it home. I used my hand saw to cut a couple logs and then I split it up into kindling and tinder. I managed to get a good fire going although at the end of the video it looks like it’s going out but it actually burned pretty hot and for a long time. I seem to do best when scrapping my ferro to across something rather striking downward but I’ll keep trying. I also have to scrape several times versus just once but I’ll get there. I have been using a lot of the suggestions given to me by so many helpful people in this community and I am slowly getting better. Thank you all so much. Oh, and if you aren’t already following @survival_guy you really should because he can start a fire with a bottle of water. Check him out. #survival  #fire  #primitivefire  #firebuilding  #campfire  #fireskills  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcrafter  #primitiveskills  #wildernesssurvival  #outdoors 
Instructor @caresalvaro 🔪🔥🌳⛺ Escuela de Supervivencia y Habilidades Primitivas. Presentes en Chile y en Estados Unidos 🇨🇱🇺🇸 Survival & Primitive Skills School. USA and Chile  #survival #bushcraft #primitiveskills #supervivencia #escueladesupervivencia #survivalschool #survivalclasses #survivalskills #bushcraftskills #firstaid #firstresponse #primerosauxilios #knife #trapping #trampas #fireskills #ferrocerium #firestarter #primitivefire #bowdrill #bowdrillfire #frictionfire #firesteel #flintandsteel #shelter #water #rescuesignaling #emergency
Instructor @caresalvaro 🔪🔥🌳⛺ Escuela de Supervivencia y Habilidades Primitivas. Presentes en Chile y en Estados Unidos 🇨🇱🇺🇸 Survival & Primitive Skills School. USA and Chile #survival  #bushcraft  #primitiveskills  #supervivencia  #escueladesupervivencia  #survivalschool  #survivalclasses  #survivalskills  #bushcraftskills  #firstaid  #firstresponse  #primerosauxilios  #knife  #trapping  #trampas  #fireskills  #ferrocerium  #firestarter  #primitivefire  #bowdrill  #bowdrillfire  #frictionfire  #firesteel  #flintandsteel  #shelter  #water  #rescuesignaling  #emergency 
Bow drill bearing blocks.  I have heard people say that the bearing block is the hardest thing to get right with a bow drill set.  I don’t know where that comes from, or why people feel that way but I have found it to be a very forgiving aspect of a set, and you can get away with using almost anything.

One big key for me is carving the top end of the spindle down to a small diameter cylinder.  This minimizes the contact area with the block and greatly reduces friction.  You may have noticed that my spindles are shaped differently from almost any other friction fire sets you see online, and this is why. 
Making a long thin top on the spindle allows room for it to wear down against the block without getting into the thicker portion and adding drag.  A thinner tip will dig into the block faster, but you can easily counteract this by simply making two or three divots in the block and switching to a new one if needed.

A piece of fatwood is by far my favorite option.  The resin in the wood liquefies and self-lubricates the divot, resulting in an almost friction-free connection.  However, you can replicate by using almost any piece of wood, rock, shell, bone, hard bark, metal, or anything else that you can create or find a divot in; and then add your own pitch.  A wet piece of green wood, or green foliage stuffed into the block can also cut down on friction, so don’t be afraid to experiment. 
I included a couple of experimental bearing blocks in the video that goes with this post just to show that you can get away with a lot in this department. The green cedar boughs worked, but are not recommended, but the snowball actually worked just as well as anything else.

The real key to the bearing block problem that has people reaching for skateboard bearings and micarta divots isn’t in the materials, or even the block itself.  The tip of the spindle is generally far blunter than it needs to be, which creates additional friction, making the spindle harder to turn, and wearing you out before you can get an ember.
Bow drill bearing blocks.  I have heard people say that the bearing block is the hardest thing to get right with a bow drill set.  I don’t know where that comes from, or why people feel that way but I have found it to be a very forgiving aspect of a set, and you can get away with using almost anything. One big key for me is carving the top end of the spindle down to a small diameter cylinder.  This minimizes the contact area with the block and greatly reduces friction.  You may have noticed that my spindles are shaped differently from almost any other friction fire sets you see online, and this is why. Making a long thin top on the spindle allows room for it to wear down against the block without getting into the thicker portion and adding drag.  A thinner tip will dig into the block faster, but you can easily counteract this by simply making two or three divots in the block and switching to a new one if needed. A piece of fatwood is by far my favorite option.  The resin in the wood liquefies and self-lubricates the divot, resulting in an almost friction-free connection.  However, you can replicate by using almost any piece of wood, rock, shell, bone, hard bark, metal, or anything else that you can create or find a divot in; and then add your own pitch.  A wet piece of green wood, or green foliage stuffed into the block can also cut down on friction, so don’t be afraid to experiment. I included a couple of experimental bearing blocks in the video that goes with this post just to show that you can get away with a lot in this department. The green cedar boughs worked, but are not recommended, but the snowball actually worked just as well as anything else. The real key to the bearing block problem that has people reaching for skateboard bearings and micarta divots isn’t in the materials, or even the block itself.  The tip of the spindle is generally far blunter than it needs to be, which creates additional friction, making the spindle harder to turn, and wearing you out before you can get an ember.
Bow drill bearing blocks.  I have heard people say that the bearing block is the hardest thing to get right with a bow drill set.  I don’t know where that comes from, or why people feel that way but I have found it to be a very forgiving aspect of a set, and you can get away with using almost anything.

One big key for me is carving the top end of the spindle down to a small diameter cylinder.  This minimizes the contact area with the block and greatly reduces friction.  You may have noticed that my spindles are shaped differently from almost any other friction fire sets you see online, and this is why. 
Making a long thin top on the spindle allows room for it to wear down against the block without getting into the thicker portion and adding drag.  A thinner tip will dig into the block faster, but you can easily counteract this by simply making two or three divots in the block and switching to a new one if needed.

A piece of fatwood is by far my favorite option.  The resin in the wood liquefies and self-lubricates the divot, resulting in an almost friction-free connection.  However, you can replicate by using almost any piece of wood, rock, shell, bone, hard bark, metal, or anything else that you can create or find a divot in; and then add your own pitch.  A wet piece of green wood, or green foliage stuffed into the block can also cut down on friction, so don’t be afraid to experiment. 
I included a couple of experimental bearing blocks in this video just to show that you can get away with a lot in this department. The green cedar boughs worked, but are not recommended, but the snowball actually worked just as well as anything else.

The real key to the bearing block problem that has people reaching for skateboard bearings and micarta divots isn’t in the materials, or even the block itself.  The tip of the spindle is generally far blunter than it needs to be, which creates additional friction, making the spindle harder to turn, and wearing you out before you can get an ember.
Bow drill bearing blocks.  I have heard people say that the bearing block is the hardest thing to get right with a bow drill set.  I don’t know where that comes from, or why people feel that way but I have found it to be a very forgiving aspect of a set, and you can get away with using almost anything. One big key for me is carving the top end of the spindle down to a small diameter cylinder.  This minimizes the contact area with the block and greatly reduces friction.  You may have noticed that my spindles are shaped differently from almost any other friction fire sets you see online, and this is why. Making a long thin top on the spindle allows room for it to wear down against the block without getting into the thicker portion and adding drag.  A thinner tip will dig into the block faster, but you can easily counteract this by simply making two or three divots in the block and switching to a new one if needed. A piece of fatwood is by far my favorite option.  The resin in the wood liquefies and self-lubricates the divot, resulting in an almost friction-free connection.  However, you can replicate by using almost any piece of wood, rock, shell, bone, hard bark, metal, or anything else that you can create or find a divot in; and then add your own pitch.  A wet piece of green wood, or green foliage stuffed into the block can also cut down on friction, so don’t be afraid to experiment. I included a couple of experimental bearing blocks in this video just to show that you can get away with a lot in this department. The green cedar boughs worked, but are not recommended, but the snowball actually worked just as well as anything else. The real key to the bearing block problem that has people reaching for skateboard bearings and micarta divots isn’t in the materials, or even the block itself.  The tip of the spindle is generally far blunter than it needs to be, which creates additional friction, making the spindle harder to turn, and wearing you out before you can get an ember.
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I’m still in the long phase of improving my hand drill. So, with a reliable hand drill set it’s fun to create an ember for me. However, it’s also good to practice it when you rely on it because you don’t have any other fire lighting option quickly available. 
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Hand drill fire lighting in the woods with a mugwort spindle and a tinder basket out of dry thistle and sunflower seeds and wood shavings. - I’m still in the long phase of improving my hand drill. So, with a reliable hand drill set it’s fun to create an ember for me. However, it’s also good to practice it when you rely on it because you don’t have any other fire lighting option quickly available. #handdrill  #handdrillfire  #firebyfriction  #frictionfire  #campfire  #firelighting  #fireskills  #firepractice  #feuerbohren  #feuermachen  #survival  #survivaltraining  #survivalcraft  #survivalskills  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcraftgermany  #bushcraftskills  #woodcraft  #practicemakesperfect  #improveyourskills  #wildernesssurvival  #wildernessskills  #sparksandnature  #outdoorskills  #primitivefire  #primitiveskills  #primitivesurvival  #primitivewild  #modernoutdoorsman 
🔥 trying different natural char...elderberry, mullein and punk wood...🔥 #nature #naturelovers #primitive #primitivefire #bushcraft #woodsman #forestlife #forest #woodcraft #survivalist #survival #outdoorlife #outdoors #camping #friluftsliv #skogen #fire
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We agreed to no matches or lighters on our little excursion this weekend. Had to make a little charred goodness for flint and steel fire #flintandsteel #18thcentury #charcloth #camping #bushcraft #primitivefire #woodsman #woodsmanskills #fire
TBT Demoing the strap drill fire starting method (an old Inuit friction fire set). Of all the ways of making friction fire that I've done, this one involves the least physical effort. And this would make since, as people living in colder regions aren't going to mess around when it comes to fire. This was taught to me at Wintercount, and while I don't use it often, knowledge of options is always a good thing! .
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TBT Demoing the strap drill fire starting method (an old Inuit friction fire set). Of all the ways of making friction fire that I've done, this one involves the least physical effort. And this would make since, as people living in colder regions aren't going to mess around when it comes to fire. This was taught to me at Wintercount, and while I don't use it often, knowledge of options is always a good thing! . . . #tbt  #throwbackthursday  #frictionfire  #primitivefire  #eseeknives  #desert  #desertlife  #survival  #primitiveskills  #bushcraft  #options  #modernoutdoorsman  #modernmountainman  #wildernessskills  #outdoorknowledge  #oldskills  #oldknowledge 
Inspired this morning to make a Tinder Tube by @coalcrackerbushcraft . I was lacking  #cotton rope but braided strips of rag material that ended up working quite well for making an #ember . Try it yourself 
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I love pine trees. I love things that are made out of Pine trees. If you want to check out this full video and see how this striker by @fatwoodfiresteels performs you can hop onto YouTube and visit my channel “Melissa Backwoods”. The white pine is the state tree here in Michigan and one of, if not my favorite tree. I have always been fascinated by the many uses of pine trees and could probably talk for a decent hour on all the cool things they do. One of my favorite nerdy facts that I like to share about pine trees is that they have male and female pinecones. We associate pinecones with the female pinecones, those are the large pinecones that produce the seeds and fall to the ground. The male cones look like little balls of pollen and are bundled closely together on the branches. Also not all cones are pinecones. It is only a pine cone if it comes from a pine tree, otherwise it’s just a cone (like the ones that come from cedars, spruce trees, firs, and other coniferous/evergreen trees.
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I hope that everyone is enjoying the week.  Fall is hitting hard, and today is chillyyyyyy.  I honestly am so excited to experience fall this year. I have not been in the country the past 2 years during autumn so I am READY to see a Michigan fall for the first time in a while.
I love pine trees. I love things that are made out of Pine trees. If you want to check out this full video and see how this striker by @fatwoodfiresteels performs you can hop onto YouTube and visit my channel “Melissa Backwoods”. The white pine is the state tree here in Michigan and one of, if not my favorite tree. I have always been fascinated by the many uses of pine trees and could probably talk for a decent hour on all the cool things they do. One of my favorite nerdy facts that I like to share about pine trees is that they have male and female pinecones. We associate pinecones with the female pinecones, those are the large pinecones that produce the seeds and fall to the ground. The male cones look like little balls of pollen and are bundled closely together on the branches. Also not all cones are pinecones. It is only a pine cone if it comes from a pine tree, otherwise it’s just a cone (like the ones that come from cedars, spruce trees, firs, and other coniferous/evergreen trees. . Anyhoo, I hope that everyone is enjoying the week. Fall is hitting hard, and today is chillyyyyyy. I honestly am so excited to experience fall this year. I have not been in the country the past 2 years during autumn so I am READY to see a Michigan fall for the first time in a while.
What should I be doing differently when adding fuel to a fire? I have this fire burning well and very hot, a little too hot because I can’t add kindling without tossing it on the fire and risking putting it out. I’ve actually put quite a few fires out by either adding too much kindling or tossing it on too soon. Any suggestions would be appreciated. #fire #primitivefire #fireskills #firebuilding #campfire #bushcraft #bushcrafting #nushcrafter #survival #survivalskills #survivalist #survivalnerd #wildernesssurvival #outdoors
What should I be doing differently when adding fuel to a fire? I have this fire burning well and very hot, a little too hot because I can’t add kindling without tossing it on the fire and risking putting it out. I’ve actually put quite a few fires out by either adding too much kindling or tossing it on too soon. Any suggestions would be appreciated. #fire  #primitivefire  #fireskills  #firebuilding  #campfire  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #nushcrafter  #survival  #survivalskills  #survivalist  #survivalnerd  #wildernesssurvival  #outdoors 
@nwprimate you inspired me brawdy!! Notice the 2 stranded twist char.. I seen someone do that too.. #flintandsteel #handmade #spark #primitive #primitivefire #charcloth #2strandedtwist #practice
Attempt # 2 for a #frictionfire was unsuccessful, but at least I got some practice in! Thankfully I wasnt in charge of cooking dinner 🤣 #primitivetechnology #primitivefire #firebyfriction #bowdrill
Rolling out to teach a workshop: primitive bow with two quivers filled with arrows. Atlatl and dart. All hand made. Turtle shell rattle was given to me by Spirit Wolf 🐺 I use it to open, and close every workshop🧠
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Rolling out to teach a workshop: primitive bow with two quivers filled with arrows. Atlatl and dart. All hand made. Turtle shell rattle was given to me by Spirit Wolf 🐺 I use it to open, and close every workshop🧠 ✌🏼 🌲 🔥 👽 👽 🌿 #peacenotwar  #bowandarrow  #atlatl  #wrightwood  #bushcrafting  #edibleplants  #survivor  #survival  #primitive  #hike  #knowledge  #trap  #native  #spiritual  #naturewalk  #primitiveskills  #oc  #spiritscience  #meditation  #indigochild  #fit  #yoga  #yogi  #yogalove  #kundalini  #outdoorskills  #nature  #tribe  #fitness  #primitivefire 
This fire took me several tries but it finally lit. I tried using just pine needles as tinder but they wouldn’t lite. I’m assuming they may have been a little damp because we’re getting a lot of rain and I couldn’t gather them from right under the trees due to poison ivy. So I added  very fine fat wood shavings and got a great fire going. I was able to break off quite a few dead dry pine branches that I separated according to size and continued to feed the fire. I used many suggestions offered to me last week from this wonderful and supportive bushcraft/survival community. Thank you all so very much! #fire #primitivefire #fireskills #campfire #wildernesssurvival #outdoors #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcrafter #survival #survivalist #nature #awesomecommunity
This fire took me several tries but it finally lit. I tried using just pine needles as tinder but they wouldn’t lite. I’m assuming they may have been a little damp because we’re getting a lot of rain and I couldn’t gather them from right under the trees due to poison ivy. So I added very fine fat wood shavings and got a great fire going. I was able to break off quite a few dead dry pine branches that I separated according to size and continued to feed the fire. I used many suggestions offered to me last week from this wonderful and supportive bushcraft/survival community. Thank you all so very much! #fire  #primitivefire  #fireskills  #campfire  #wildernesssurvival  #outdoors  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcrafter  #survival  #survivalist  #nature  #awesomecommunity 
Getting ready for another experiment in fire building. This time I use a big piece of dry bark for my platform instead of logs. The ground is very wet. I gathered a bunch of dry pine needles and harvested some dead dry pine branches from the bottom of the tree. I broke them up and piled them according to size so I could easily add them from smallest to biggest. #fire #primitivefire #firebuilding #campfire #bushcraft #bushcrafting #bushcrafter #outdoors #outdoorlife #survival #wildernesssurvival #primitivesurvivalskills #survivalskills
Getting ready for another experiment in fire building. This time I use a big piece of dry bark for my platform instead of logs. The ground is very wet. I gathered a bunch of dry pine needles and harvested some dead dry pine branches from the bottom of the tree. I broke them up and piled them according to size so I could easily add them from smallest to biggest. #fire  #primitivefire  #firebuilding  #campfire  #bushcraft  #bushcrafting  #bushcrafter  #outdoors  #outdoorlife  #survival  #wildernesssurvival  #primitivesurvivalskills  #survivalskills 
Time for a workout 😖...friction fire with bamboo is always a hangout! I find by elevating the beam it helps the back and there is no risk of harming your nether regions 😱, this avoids the possibility of sweat destroying your hard earned ember too 😅 full video on my you tube channel! Music by BeaTsGOy—————————————————————————————————————————————————————— #bushcraft #survival #survivalist #getoutside #outdoors#camping#shtf#prepper#firebyfriction #bamboosaw #firemaking #firelighting #primitivesurvival#wildernessculture #wilderness #bamboo#gopro#fire#survivor#selfreliance #resilience#adventure#primitivesurvival#woodsman#nature #primitivefire#outdoorsurvival#wildernesssurvival#survivalskills
Time for a workout 😖...friction fire with bamboo is always a hangout! I find by elevating the beam it helps the back and there is no risk of harming your nether regions 😱, this avoids the possibility of sweat destroying your hard earned ember too 😅 full video on my you tube channel! Music by BeaTsGOy—————————————————————————————————————————————————————— #bushcraft  #survival  #survivalist  #getoutside  #outdoors #camping #shtf #prepper #firebyfriction  #bamboosaw  #firemaking  #firelighting  #primitivesurvival #wildernessculture  #wilderness  #bamboo #gopro #fire #survivor #selfreliance  #resilience #adventure #primitivesurvival #woodsman #nature  #primitivefire #outdoorsurvival #wildernesssurvival #survivalskills