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You Will Need
- A bowstring
- A bow
- A drill or spindle
- A handhold
- A fireboard
- A green leaf
- Grease (optional)
- Plant resin (optional)
- Cottonwood-tree down (optional)
Tie each end of the string to the ends of the bow.
Wrap the bowstring around the drill
Wrap the string once around the drill. Adjust the tension of the bowstring so that the drill does not slide back and forth along it.
Place the handhold
Place the handhold on the top of the drill and grasp it firmly. Keep the drill perpendicular to the fireboard, which remains flat on the ground.
Grasp the bow with your free hand, and move the bow back and forth vigorously as you press down on the handhold with your other hand. The drill, handhold, and fireboard will begin smoking.
Cut a notch in the fireboard
Cut a small, pie-shaped notch through the charred area of the fireboard. This will allow embers to fall through the fireboard.
Position a leaf
Place a green leaf under the notch in the fireboard and continue forcing the drill back and forth. When the fireboard starts to smoke again, the char dust will ignite an ember, which will fall onto the leaf.
Start the fire
Transfer the ember from the leaf to a bundle of tinder. Cottonwood down works well. Blow on the tinder bundle until the tinder material erupts in flames.