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How to Make a Fire Using a Bow Drill

Learn how to make a fire using a bow drill from NYC Outward Bound instructor Marko Yurachek in this wilderness survival skills video from Howcast.


So we'll see how this works. The bow is a piece of parachute cord tied between the two ends of a piece of birch. So when you're making a bow drill fire, you want to lock your wrist along your shin and draw the bow back and forth. Nice, smooth, long strokes. And when you start to get a coal, you want to go a little faster and a little harder until you get a lot of smoke and a nice consolidated coal. So, you'll give the coal a minute to breathe, coax it out of the notch, and then we get our fluff, our tinder bundle which I have right here. We transfer our coal to our tinder bundle. And then the wind is blowing on it, it's giving it the oxygen that it needs. We can take our tinder bundle and let it sit for a bit. We've got grass and cedar. Kind of move it around and it turns into a fire. There you have it, your bow drill fire.

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