How to Make a Hand Drill Friction Fire: Quick Tips
For the fire board, locate or baton a plank of wood about 1/2-inch to 1/3-inch thick.
Good woods to use include:
- Balsam Fir
- Western Red Cedar
- American Elm
- Slippery Elm
- and others
Pine pitch is a great way to keep a grip on the spindle.
When working the spindle, use the full length of your hands to avoid blistering.
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