J111 Congrats, I have yet to be successful with a bow drill, But on Sunday, I made some Char Cloth for the first time, simple and very easy, I was impressed with myself.
So on Sunday still pleased with myself from my success making Char Cloth I thought I'd go for a walk along the cliff tops and collect some air dried grass and dead bracken, I got home buffed a little of the grass, made myself a Birds Nest Tinder Bundle, and tried to ignite a piece my char cloth and get a flame.
Beginners luck...... I got a spark from a piece of Flint and my Steel Striker. and it took first time.
My Birds nest started to smoulder then I lifted it into the air to give it some more oxygen then brought it down blew it a little, at this point it started to smoke so ferociously, I thought I had a hand held smoke signal.
Then...................WOOOOOF!!!!! it burst into flame, I added this to my pre-made fire and enjoyed a nice cuppa in my back garden.
I came back into the house my wife told me I stunk of Fire (Like she normally does) then she spotted i'd somehow managed to singe all the hairs on my right forearm.
Must of happened when my birds nest burst into flames.
Just goes to show how easy it is to get wrapped up in yourself when your buzzing, but remember Fire is dangerous, has & will seriously disfigure, main and kill people. Treat it with respect at all times, it so easily could have been different.
While I'm still buzzing at my success, I now have a better appreciation for fire
Interesting Will have to give it a go in the spring.In NZ we use the fine hairs off the fronds of the Punga Fern for primary tinder, they dry very quickly at body heat and takes a spark readily for transfer into a more substantial tinder, I'm thinking there's more than likely something similar (albeit not the same size) in UK.
Hope that gives you a potential lead...
Try some honeysuckle bark;Hi Guys,
Been struggling to find tinder in the woods near me recently as it's been pissing it down and pretty much everything's soaking. The woods are broadleaf, and haven't seen any birch so that's out. Got any ideas? I guess it could be prepared from shavings from the inside of a log but that's a lot of work and if you only had a knife it's a bit tricky...
Reason is I've just cracked fire by friction lately using hazel-hazel so want to find a reliable tinder. Doesn't feel right lighting a fire with friction and then a tampon!
Any ideas appreciated.