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Ashley Cawley Practicing Bowdrill with Limpet Shells

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Ashley demonstrates use of the bow-drill, using friction fire lighting methods whilst trying out a new bearing-block on top of the drill, we used two Limpet shells and it worked well.

If you would like to see a practical guide on how to do the bowdrill and improve technique, please watch: A Guide to Fire by Friction - Firebow/Bowdrill

Comments (2)
2 Thursday, 13 January 2011 22:48
Ashley Cawley
Thanks for sharing those tips Anthony!

You'll like what I do to overcome the Limpet/Heat issue: Use two of them! :) I put one on top of the other and it seems to be a good enough buffer against the heat.

I highly recommend Limpet shells to people, however it is worth getting some really good, old, thick ones so they don't crack on you.
1 Thursday, 13 January 2011 22:35
Anthony Brown
Great use of shell, what were you holding it with as they get pretty hot, I guess a piece of thick leather would suffice.

A quick note, I do fire demo's as part of my teaching, In my experience If you push your ember into the middle of you starting nest with a clear access for blowing you get a much faster result.
Also if you lift slightly above your head you don't get smoke blowing into your face.

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