Friction Fire

Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by R Stowe, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. Packrat

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    Good info sir,thank you.
     
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    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
     
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    Yeah, picked this one up in September last year.
     
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    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.

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    Some practice. Hand drill 12" horseweed spindle on saguaro root. 65902378-8CE8-4DC4-A192-8BAE3C140EA1.jpg 15353846-ED65-491C-A2FD-3C4216E6E3EE.jpg

    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. IMG_7568.JPG
     
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    Dual coal with the hand drill today. 89B95713-21CA-440D-ACBA-79CF7CD5C196.jpg
     
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    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.
     
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    Two different embers today. Practicing daily. IMG_7579.JPG IMG_7581.JPG
     
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    Thats awesome!!!! Ever tried for three then?
     
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    I haven't, but one fellow did as I part of the challenge. I'll probably give it a go this weekend.
     
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    Today's practice. Yucca on saguaro root. IMG_7593.JPG
     
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    Back at hand drill method. Bought a cedar board like James Gibson recommends.

    No coal yet.
     
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    Hand drill coal... D7F98486-177F-453E-80F0-4CD6C1EB6CBE.jpg

    And bow drill... IMG_7756.JPG IMG_7758.JPG IMG_7760.JPG IMG_7761.JPG
     
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    Close. Not enough time. Next time ill spin longer.
     
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    Success. Takes about a week between try's for my hands to heal up. Soft skinned. Ill get stronger and better each try.
     
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    Getting easier. Took three tries but hands are getting stronger and im starting to believe.
     
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    Have you tried a thinner board Strigidae? Liking the coal plate also
     

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