Bushcraft Fire Starting
Making a Bushcraft Fire
The Bow Drill
How to make the bow-drill
The bow-drill method will enable you to create friction and in turn fire, to start your bushcraft fire.
If you need to make a bushcraft fire or campfire but don’t have a light, such as a box of matches (especially in an emergency) you will first need to create friction in order to make fire.
By creating friction you can start any fire including your bushcraft fire
With the bow-drill method you can light your bushcraft fire, using just a few sticks and a bootlace.
First gather some dry wood and leaves from the surrounding area, this will be used for fuel for your bushcraft fire.
These are the items you will need to make your bow-drill bushcraft fire starter.
Tinder or cotton wool
To make the bow-drill
- Take the 7" drill and make one end pointed and the other end rounded.
- Take the sapling and tie the bootlace to both ends so that you end up with a bow.
- Twist the drill around the bootlace once
- Make a notch into the side of the 10" flat peace of wood. The rounded end of the drill needs to fit onto this notch.
- Next place the 10" flat peace of wood on the ground and hold in place with your foot.
- Put some tinder or cotton wool around the notch
- Take hold of the bow and drill, place the rounded end of drill onto the notch.
- Place the 3" diameter piece of wood with small notch in middle, onto the top of the pointed end of the drill whilst applying downward pressure to the drill
- Use a sawing motion back and forward, the drill will start to spin and generate friction allowing the tinder to smoulder.
- Slowly add dry wood to your smouldering tinder, you may need to gently blow to help get the bushcraft fire going.
You now have a bushcraft fire for cooking and keeping warm.