What's going on guys blast gas survival and today we're out here hike and I thought it'd be a good day to do a video called bow drill for beginners and we've done bow drill bit videos and friction fire videos in the past but I really wanted to do a bow drill for beginners and really bake it break it down into a basic system so let's go ahead and get.
To it there's four main components you need for a bow-drill kit you need a hearth board you need a spindle you need a bow and you need a socket or handhold what's going on guys black Scout survival and today we're going to going.
To be going over bushcraft skills and this is going to be total Penner's and we like I said we've done videos in the past but I wanted to do a kind of like breakdown and try to make it as digestible as possible so the first thing about friction fire is that you want to make sure you have the most driest wood possible and I've seen guys.
Use all different types of wood even hard was like okay to make a friction fire with so the main thing is having dry wood and with very dry wood your technique can be a little skewed and you still produce if you have marginal materials your technique is going to need to be perfect to make it happen so a few good woods is willow poplar cedar.
Cottonwood you can use dried pine and check in your local area there could be a lot of different ones that work in your area as well and my area those are a few that I use quite a bit and like cedar and poplar they can produce pretty much all components of the bow drill kit you can make your tinder bundle out of the bark you can also make cordage out.
Of the bark so pretty much you can make the whole thing from those two woods today I'm going to be using cedar I brought this piece with me that I baton in a previous video I think a few months ago or a few weeks ago use probably a few months ago for by the time you see this video but a few weeks ago I just had it so and then I just found this.
Dead piece of cedar and salted off to use for my spindle out here today you can see that barks kind of dried off and falling apart but anyhow so like I was saying about the cedar you can just twist and in that bark you can strip it off and it becomes tender material to use for that friction fire so we're go ahead and start making our hearth board.
And basically you can see this her for didn't even close to being perfect but I'm gonna show you that it works it's going to work so I'm gonna just chop this in half I could run it as as it is now but I'm a chop it in half and I'm use this side here so it's about a half inch thick that's what you want for that hearth board now working on to this.
Drill here I'm I can kind of you know scrape this tinder up with my knife the spine of my knife got the battle horse knives here that's a good sharp 90-degree spine and kind of keep all this stuff to use for my tender and so now I'm just trying to knock knock this nut off right here real quick it's not really that important but it's.
Not really that important but anyhow someone just start sharpening the ends of this spindle and whenever you do this you want your spindle to start off about the hang-ten or hang-loose symbol Surfer symbol their pinky to thumb tip you want to just a little bit bigger than your thumb least I do and what I find works best is that you sharpen one in and make.
It really sharp and the other kind of dull it's like I said you want to have both hands pretty sharpen one dollar than the other a longer pointing another so there's a longer point here and the pointer pointer this is a tip up top is going to be the better less friction you get whenever you're doing and that's very important when doing a friction.
Fire this end it's going to dull out but I like for it to be pointy because it helps with starting that hole in the very beginning so as you can see I cleaned up all offers all the bark and stuff like that and we're ready to go with that so now have my baseboard on my hearth board and a lot of people say with cedar you can't sort of friction.
Fire on the heartwood that's absolute lie you can't so base I'm gonna come in about a half-inch and then I'm just going to take my knife and start putting a circle in just work a circle in with the tip your knife and this is why it's important to have that point there dig in right there you don't have to have a huge point just.
Enough to get you by so that should work there the next component you're going to need is the bow like I said this is my favorite boat always use it and carry it I'm actually going to decorate it eventually buddy how you want a slight bow in it and pretty much from armpit to wrist is what you want ideally and I like paracord.
I use it all the time so it's what I like but you can use other quarters you make natural quarters use bank line I don't like kind of stuff too so okay so the next component we're going to lament is the hand socket and I got a few different demonstration of items here examples this is a hardwood oak and you can see the burn mark there when you're.
Using wood like this you can put a green leaf in there stuff it in there and it'll give it good friction or any kind of petroleum gel or anything it will reduce that friction there but you want it round fit your hand you know just baton it's salt and baton it that'll work for a natural one another natural option is a Native.
American fire stone used by Native Americans doing bow drill and it just has a hole there that I'll bore in there the next thing is something I really love this is from Creek Stuart and it's got a ball bearing in there so it's almost completely frictionless another item is the fire steel from Essie and you can strike it like a fire steel or.
Use the center there for the bearing block then you can you know knives like this survive knife has a bearing block built into the handle there so you know you always when you have your knife you have that ability as well which is awesome so those are a few hands socket examples there okay guys so we're going to start in and.
Put in a burn in this fire board here and I wanted to i put the hole on the outside so whenever we're doing this you can see it fill up whenever we get the notch carved in there but basically when your string you want it about this tight so it gives you that much about when you just you know lusus about a tight angle there about a 45 degree angle and then.
When you twist it it really wants to flip out of there and so what I do is I bring it all the way back and then pinch it between my finger and my thumb there so you're just gonna put that pointy tip in there and put your foot kind of close to the hole and this is just burning that in you can see we got smoke already and that's a good burn in right there.
Make sure if you start doing this you don't put your spindle or you know get anything wet there so now we got that burn in the next thing we're going to do is cut out the v-notch so now we're going to carve in that notch I'm just going to use my saw and what I do is I cut it straight in half you're going to saw right about a quarter of the way.
Into that hole once you get to the hole be very careful because it'll go quickly into that hole so about right there and now I'm just going to start sawing kind of a dangle and as I get in I'm just going to chip turn my saw just like that and just chip away and so now you see there and I take my knife and clean that up so you're also going to need a good.
Tinder bundle or bird nest and like I said cedar has amazing bark for that and you just got to process it up strip it off and just loosen it up and just kind of form it into the mist and then take all those fine shavings and put in that Center there with that fine dust I should say so there's your tinder bundle there now.
Because I'm sweating profusely I'm going to put a I'm gonna take that other section of the board and sit it here so that way I'm not directly over the hole so I don't actually you know get it a wet and then have to start all over again but another item you're going to need is some kind of catch pin you can use a.
Leaf or a piece of bark for that and it's just going to go underneath here and catch your saw catch that tinder pile right there I some of these I'll use this one catch that tender pile there so you can take it and dump it into the bird nest so now like I said you always will make sure your drill is on the outside of your bowstring now.
Whenever you're bowing you may want to if you start losing some get some slack in line you can kind of put your forefinger your thumb and press ups and each other and it'll tighten that string down I do that all the time so that's something you can do as well so guys what you're going to do is you're going to place that set your chest on to your.
Knee leaning down and then you're going to lock this wrist into your foot so lean forward put that pressure on on your wrist there and to start bowing and that first just kind of warm up the board and once you get up keep that bow level and once you get smoked you need to go for about another 40 or 50 seconds and just plumb downward pressure and.
Start spinning the bow quicker that's probably good watch that coal smoking on this on you know it's a good coal swing let that burn for a second just walked and give that coal some oxygen okay guys now that we got that coal formed let it just breathe a little bit and get some oxygen keep your components drawn off the.
Ground in case you need to do this over again and you can let its coal stick for a while all right so it's getting formed I'm going to take the pan and just roll it over my tinder bundle there there it is guys bow drill fire with cedar bow drill for beginners hopefully we explain that pretty well.
And pretty easy to follow so hopefully this helps you guys if you have any questions or comments or if anything I forgot to mention drop a comment in the box or question of box below please subscribe to our Channel it's put out a few new videos every week and it's extremely hot out here you got to forgive me sweat up a storm to undo this.
But Robo drill requires a lot of calories so but uh hope this helps you guys and as always thanks for watching
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