Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by R Stowe, Oct 25, 2016.
Good info sir,thank you.
Tonight's failed attempt at a green Big Leaf Maple ember. Harvested a green maple for a Roycroft pack frame and figured I'd do something fun with the excess.
No ember, but I got surprisingly close. I plan on giving it another shot with a different spindle here soon.
For anyone interested in the rest of the pics, here's a link: https://eseeknives.com/forums/index.php?threads/renos-rambles.7172/page-3#post-173081
missed your 6 eh? dont worry its in great hands......its looking wicked after a few years of use and pitch/sap/food etc. Still screaming sharp
Yeah, picked this one up in September last year.
So I gave the green wood another 5 or 6 attempts, half of which were with a dry spindle and a frictionless bearing block, and it was still a no go. The hearth is just too spongy.
Just to prove to myself it wasn't my technique, I carved up a new spindle and used last years Maple hearth which has been sitting out all year.
Knocked this out in about 30 seconds.
Some practice. Hand drill 12" horseweed spindle on saguaro root.
Harvested a new horseweed spindle and let it start drying. Was still a little green but was able to heat everything up enough to get an ember.
Dual coal with the hand drill today.
At the same time?
Yessir. A challenge was issued on IG to spin two coals at the same time. I elected to use previous burn ins over two notches. After finding two burn ins that were close enough I worked on the space between them and both embers formed within a few seconds of each other.
Two different embers today. Practicing daily.
Thats awesome!!!! Ever tried for three then?
I haven't, but one fellow did as I part of the challenge. I'll probably give it a go this weekend.
Today's practice. Yucca on saguaro root.
Back at hand drill method. Bought a cedar board like James Gibson recommends.
No coal yet.
Hand drill coal...
And bow drill...
Close. Not enough time. Next time ill spin longer.
Success. Takes about a week between try's for my hands to heal up. Soft skinned. Ill get stronger and better each try.
Getting easier. Took three tries but hands are getting stronger and im starting to believe.
Have you tried a thinner board Strigidae? Liking the coal plate also