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Teaching Rob Bowdrill

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Made a new friend today; Rob from Plymouth (or Bristol originally) got in touch with me via Twitter asking for advice on Bowdrill. I offered what I could online but I also told him that friction fire lighting is a skill that really needs to be taught in person. He was willing to travel and the timing was right so he came down to Cornwall to spend the morning with myself and Matt, we wandered into the woods and began lighting fires! Had him producing embers in no time :-)

Comments (5)
5 Monday, 07 April 2014 08:53
Thanks for the vid.
I'm a newbie to the bow and drill and have had success at making fire with it, but the last time I was out the drill made a very loud whistling noise to the point it hurt my ears. Why is that? Secondly, I used paracord for my bow and as I was going faster and I suppose the temp increased from friction, I lost traction with the paracord. If I stopped and waited for a bit the traction was back. What type of string/cord do you use for this?

4 Monday, 31 March 2014 13:17
I remember the first bow-drill fire I did,the feeling was incredible.
Great job Rob.
3 Monday, 31 March 2014 08:02
Stevie Burns
Great video and brilliant skills Rob, well done!
2 Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:18
Cockney Greg
Very nice work guys. An inspiring and interesting video. Well done and thanks.
1 Monday, 24 March 2014 10:10
Brilliant, it is perhaps the best "bushcraft" high well done getting him there and him for doing it :-)

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