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If your looking to learn how to create fire by friction you've come to the right place!

Intro to a Firebow/Bowdrill Set

Firebow/Bowdrill Friction Fire Lighting Demo



Fire by Friction (Bowdrill) for Real (Using Limpet Shells)



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Comments (5)
5 Tuesday, 09 August 2011 07:18
Ashley Cawley
Thanks for sharing your experiences Dave.
4 Saturday, 06 August 2011 20:30
Dave Brons
hey miguel, I'm not an expert but from limited experience I can tell you that
Good woods for the drill and board are willow, rhodadendron, alder and Ivy...
Bad woods are ones that don't release dust too easily or are very resinous like, pine and silver birch
3 Tuesday, 02 November 2010 19:15
Love your videos and want to thank you for all your contributions to the field of bushcraft. Would it be possible to create a video explaining the types of woods suitable for bow drill sets? Maybe showing what the trees look like in different seasons, how to identify and what to gather and how to process it?
2 Monday, 01 March 2010 16:52
Hey there,

nice job you've done there! i've been trying it for myself, and i used some birchwood for the drill as well as the board. is this type of wood good enough to use with this method or do you prefer other types? also i'd really like to know what kind of string you use. i've tried different types but they all snapped or didnt got enough grip on the drill. so please help me out so i can learn this awesome method of firemaking.

greetings from a beginning bushcrafter,

1 Thursday, 14 January 2010 22:22
the video isnt showing.

1 question:

i've seen all in several sources that the best way to use the bow drill method is to use a spinel and board from the same type of you, but (i think it was you) on you tube mection a diferent wood type from the board.

so, from your experience what do you say it's better 2 types or one type.

and if so what wood types you would consider the best.

thanks for saharing this wonderfull site

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Daisy leaf

Gorse flower
Greater Plantain
Ribwort Plantain
Buck's Horn Plantain (coastal)
Scurvy Grass
Sea beet
Sea Radish
Pennywort (particularly good at the moment)
Alexanders (very good at the moment)
Chirvil (be very careful , as Hemlock Water-Dropwort is starting to sprout now and looks very similar, but is deadly poisonous!)
Sea Purslane
Rock Samphire (still usable, but a bit over now, coastal)
Rose Hips
Common Sorrel
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Wood sorrel
Three-cornered leek

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