Bow drill success

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Suffolkrafter

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Finally! Two successful embers in a row, from bow drill. I've been trying a long time, had given up, and tried again. Glad I did. I'm learning that it has nothing to do with my technique, it's all about finding the right wood. Need to get out into the woods and try different stuff that hasn't been seasoned in the garage.

Buoyed by success I gave my hand drill another go too, reversing the spindle to try the wider end. I achieved faint warmth, which is more than I've managed in the past.
 

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I taught a friend to do it, and her comment was, "It's like a lightbulb moment :D :D".

I think it's one of the most satisfying skills to learn; well done persevering with it :cool:

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Suffolkrafter

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Well there we are, my first ever hand drill ember. Elder on ivy. I first tried hand drill two years ago. What an effort. I came across a tip on the internet, which was to clamp the hearth to a table and do it standing up, make it as easy as possible until you get the hang of it. Now I know what to aim for.
 
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Well there we are, my first ever hand drill ember. Elder on ivy. I first tried hand drill two years ago. What an effort. I came across a tip on the internet, which was to clamp the hearth to a table and do it standing up, make it as easy as possible until you get the hang of it. Now I know what to aim for.

Elder on ivy is the only woods I have had success with with a bow drill.

well done on the hand drill, that’s quite the step up!!
 
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