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A Guide to Fire by Friction - Firebow/Bowdrill

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Today I share with you some skills on using the fire-bow aka Bowdrill. This is a common Bushcraft challenge that people face and I would like to share with you what I think is important to remember in terms of technique and tips like the limpet shells as bearing blocks. I hope some of this helps you.
Comments (7)
7 Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:49
Hello Ashley, I just wanted to ask what knife you are using in that video? I love it!
6 Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:44
Iain Trevor McLorie
Nice one Ashley, me and my boy are gona give this a go next time were out...
Good tutorial...i'll need it !
5 Thursday, 04 November 2010 22:58
Ashley Cawley
Thank you very much Zinny, I'm glad you like what I do and our ethos of offering it all for free :)

I can tell you the past week I have been working long & hard to bring a new feature to NaturalBushcraft, that will also you to help others ;D Be sure to check back soon,

All the best,

Ashley Cawley.
4 Thursday, 04 November 2010 21:13
mark robinson
Many thanks for the video. I feel alot more confident now on conquering this task. I cant get over how first class your web site is. I have downloaded the voting form you will definately be getting my vote.
Hopefully one day I can put on some pearls of wisdom to help someone eles.
All the very best
3 Tuesday, 01 June 2010 12:22
Ashley Cawley
Thanks for leaving a comment Richard, it's great to hear our videos are helping people.
2 Tuesday, 01 June 2010 03:51
Thanks for the informational video. I am a novice with the bowdrill. I can see some of the mistakes I have made now. Thanks sooo much.
1 Sunday, 30 May 2010 18:19
Tristan Desnos
Oh! Hand against the shin-bone! Gotchya! Yeah i've been wobbling all of the shop with mine! Thank you

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