Fire 101: “Friction Fire with a Bow Drill!”
It is confession time.
I love to make fire.
I could make fire every day.
And, truth be known, I do make fire almost every day.
It’s a part of my job.
I teach firemaking skills to children, teens, adults, and anyone in between.
I decided to make a wildly over-sized (Paul Bunyan sized) bow drill fire kit for demonstration purposes.
I suggest watching the youtube video in this blog. The folks over at the Maine Primitive Skills School (http://www.primitiveskills.com) have done a great job showing the basics firemaking using a bow drill.
It is fairly easy to make, and it is very satisfying to see the smoke wafting up from the hearthboard.
For a nicely written tutorial, visit Jon’s Bushcraft for a bow drill article (http://www.jonsbushcraft.com/bowdrill%20tutorial.htm).
There are one thousand and one ways to make fire–you just need one…
…choose one, and get started!