Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bow Drill

With all the gadgets and electronics available today it is nice to go back to simpler tools, ones that need no batteries which will eventually fail. Making a fire is a primal skill that has been used by humans for years. I have taken the time to learn and practice these skills not only for the usefulness they provide but also to preserve the skills and perhaps pass them down to my children. The bow drill is a fairly simple process that requires a bit of technique. I worked on mine the other day and captured it on video so I could improve my form. It took four tries but I got a coal decent enough to surely start a fire. But a lighter or a match is still easier and quite a bit less work.

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