Is anyone else here into primitive fire making?
It's something that I got into years and years ago and have been adamant about ever since. I thought maybe by chance someone else here might be a fan also. If not I'm currently putting together some tutorials as well as some video's to show people how it's done. Something that I really want to do is go out into the woods, bring my fire set, a kettle, and a small shave kit w/ mirror. And bust a fire, boil water and shave. Documenting the process for B&B's SOTD thread of course
Anyways, for those who are into hand drilling and bow drilling, here's the current set that I have in the closet (More in storage)
Bows (Oriented Vertically. From R-L)
-My new bow that I just recently harvested. Juniper. Going to drill it out to cut some weight then string it up.
-An old, old bow, the cordage is fraying and just needs to be replaced badly. Cracking a little bit as I didn't treat the wood properly when I made it.
Spindles (Oriented Diagonally. R-L again)
-My favourite bowdrill spindle, made from yucca. Very soft so I try to use it only when I need a fire quickly, as regular use will eat it away far too fast.
-The next 4 spindles are little spindles made from sagebrush, good for a small, lightweight set.
-My all time favourite hand-drill spindle. It should really be narrower, but it is just a phenomenal spindle for hand drilling, you have to really go at it though, so it tends to really rip the calluses off your hands.
Fireboards (Oriented Horizontally. Top-Bottom)
-Sagebrush fireboard. My old go-to. A little heavy and cumbersome for lugging around, but is reliable and easy to waterfall with.
-Yucca fireboard. Perfect for hand drilling, this fireboard gets eaten away quickly, so I tend to only use it when I really need fire right away. If I had more of them I would use it every time.
-Cottonwood fireboard. My go-to fireboard whenever I want to fool around or show someone how to bust. Moderately easy to work with, doesn't get eaten away too fast. Good embers.
-My first fireboard ever. Got a lot of embers out of it, but wouldn't touch it now.
And my toprock is there next to the fireboards.