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let's make fire

  • Posted by ade
  • 9 September 2008


we had a bushcraft man at the do who taught us how to make fire with a bow and drill.

i have seen it done on tv and read the books, but seeing it done in front of you on a windy and wet day it's just magic.

I took two of my kids to watch and they are big Ray Mears fans, so they were spellbound to.

We sat with Poppy and Sam from Cooler magazine and when it came to all of us having a go got to find out just how easy and hard it is.

All you have to do is drill a bowl into the flat piece of wood, cut a notch, drill lots of dust and then the dust becomes an ember that you put onto your tinder and FIRE. I think to make the bow, the drill, the block to spin the drill in, and the wood to make the embers and to drill to the point of making fire would take about 40 minutes to an hour.

Unless you struggle to drill a bowl. Then get told off for using your own knife. Then ping the drill out the bow at people. Then never get the drill to stay in the bowl long enough to make the dust that makes the ember.

Lot's of people did get fires going and I plan to make my own drill and bow.

Practice makes fire.