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Easiest wood for hand drill

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  1. Netmonkey

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    im trying to learn the hand drill, currently using elder drill and willow hearth. I sometimes get smoke but no ember. Only consistent thing I get is blisters.
    What is the easiest drill/hearth woods to learn on, I live in West Yorkshire so needs Tom be a wood easily found there.
    Cheers
    Kev
     
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    Buddleia or Mullen drill
    Lime hearth for me
     
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    Thanks Buckshot, I will give those a go. I have a lot of budleia growing wild Andy in my garden. I think I have some I cut back last year that should be dry.
    Lime is a little less available by me, mostly in parks so will be harder to get without someone complaining :)
    Will see if I can get some dead branches from a lime at weekend.
    Kev
     
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    I use burdock drill with a lime board.
     
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    Drying out my Elder drill, left it in the rain by accident :)

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    I've seen quite a few people complain they are not getting an ember with drill firelighting (bow or hand) when in reality they are expecting a much brighter ember than usually happens. At the sake of teaching you to suck eggs, but just in case you're not aware, if the pile of powder carries on smoking when you stop, you've probably got an ember - leave it a few seconds to grow, carefully transfer the whole powder pile to some tinder with a small piece of charcloth in the centre and carefully, slowly, encourage it. Again, sorry if you know all this; it's hard to tell how much experience people have with just a few posts on a subject.

    I use elder on ash - both bone dry (I know some people say ash can be too dry, that's not my experience). However, I am no expert, and haven't used a hand drill for some time; bow drill I demo reasonably frequently.
     
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    Thanks Broch, unfortunatly as soon as I stop drilling the smoke stops. I’m going to try some different hearth woods and see if I make anymore progress
     
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    E2843F7E-514D-4091-BBA1-7ED2C0828DD6.jpeg If you can get it, Chaga (true tinder fungus) makes a great hearth. Unlike wood you drill straight into it and is the ember is created in the fungus.
     
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    Cool I will see if I can try that out
    Kev
     
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    Had to look Buddleia up, looks like I got it in big quantities in my garden, thanks!
     
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    Kepis Bushcrafter through and through

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    Elder on Clematis .
     
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    I was planning to use Clematis but I’ve n bear seen any around the woods in Yorkshire, we have lots of ivy though so not sure if that would be similar
     
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    Got a trip to local woods with my son planned this weekend to get some Lime, cat tail and anything else I can find :)
     
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    Is it possible for the elder drill to be too dry/hard just tried with my elder drill Nd some hazel and I just seem to be polishing surfaces :(
     

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