Building a Fire in the Wilderness
- 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
- Cut a notch in the shape of a "V" in the fireboard.
- Create a depression adjacent to the notch.
- Place the tinder underneath the notch.
- Catch the spindle in the loop of the bow string.
- Place one (1) end of the spindle in the fireboard.
- Apply pressure to the end of the spindle not in the fireboard with your socket.
- Saw back and fourth, using your bow, rotating the spindle quickly.
- Continue sawing until an ember is created.
- Softwood fireboard
- Pocket Knife
- Slightly harder shaft
For putting a groove into
For cutting a groove into the softwood fireboard
Slightly Harder Shaft
For rubbing the tip down and up the groove
- Cut a groove into the fire board.
- Rub the tip of the slightly harder shaft down and up the groove, causing friction.
- Flat piece of bark or wood
- Pocket knife
- Straight stick
Flat Piece of Bark
To be shaped if not already flat and to put a groove into
To carve a groove in the flat piece of bark or wood
To be placed in the groove of the bark or wood and be spun to create friction
- You MAY have to shape the flat piece.
- Carve a groove in the center of the flat piece of bark/wood, using the knife.
- Place thee straight stick in the groove, so that it is positioned vertically straight.
- Spin the stick between your palms; do it fast as to create friction