Fire Builder

Building a Fire in the Wilderness

Recommended Supplies

  • Bow - flexible piece of wood with slight curve and a string that will not break (should be your arm's length)
  • Hard wood (preferably with oil and sap) or stone socket
  • Spindle
  • Tinder

Instructions

  1. Cut a notch in the shape of a "V" in the fireboard.
  2. Create a depression adjacent to the notch.
  3. Place the tinder underneath the notch.
  4. Catch the spindle in the loop of the bow string.
  5. Place one (1) end of the spindle in the fireboard.
  6. Apply pressure to the end of the spindle not in the fireboard with your socket.
  7. Saw back and fourth, using your bow, rotating the spindle quickly.
  8. Continue sawing until an ember is created.

Recommended Supplies

  • Softwood fireboard
  • Pocket Knife
  • Slightly harder shaft

Instructions

  1. Cut a groove into the fire board.
  2. Rub the tip of the slightly harder shaft down and up the groove, causing friction.

Recommended Supplies

  • Flat piece of bark or wood
  • Pocket knife
  • Straight stick

Instructions

  1. You MAY have to shape the flat piece.
  2. Carve a groove in the center of the flat piece of bark/wood, using the knife.
  3. Place thee straight stick in the groove, so that it is positioned vertically straight.
  4. Spin the stick between your palms; do it fast as to create friction