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Offline razor sharp

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Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« on: August 13, 2012, 03:48:55 AM »
Here are the first two videos of a 3 part series im working on to help teach someone how to make fire with the bowdrill. the first is on building the bowdrill kit. the second is using it and the the third video will be heading out to the woods to show what types of trees to look for to make your kit and ill be making one from scratch in the woods. these first two should get someone started that wants to learn this skill. im still learning the filming and editing so there are a few glitches, there are a few background noises and one scene is black and white (i have no idea how that happened  :blink:   i hope it helps someone get started. 






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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 05:36:57 AM »
Good video Razor. I have yet to try this. It's my understanding that a shot glass works great in place of the rock and it is my excuse for carrying one..... :whistle:
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 05:41:01 AM »
Thanks for watching.    And depending on what you put in the shotglass you might not need the bowdrill.  lol
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2012, 11:55:16 AM »
Be careful using a shotglass, they can break under the pressure and you'll end up with glass in your hands.  Make sure to wrap it in duct tape if your going to do that. 

Awesome videos bro!
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 12:00:16 PM »
Excellent advice watcher. I hsdnt concidered that.  And thank you
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 12:21:33 PM »
I say only, I say only an amateur would carry around a breakable shot glass! :hugegrin:
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2012, 12:41:25 PM »
I didn't have a chance to watch the whole thing. But so far it looks great!
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2012, 12:50:27 PM »
Thanks muddy.
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2012, 07:21:52 PM »
~ Great job razor sharp! I can't wait for part three!  :cool: 

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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2012, 07:25:43 PM »
~ Great job razor sharp! I can't wait for part three!  :cool: 
hopefully i can get out and film it next sunday.  thank you taken.
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2012, 07:42:20 PM »
~ damn, I better start learning how to do this.  :whistle: :rofl:  I have no excuses left.  :blushing:

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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2012, 07:46:26 PM »
honestly its not hard to learn. it just takes some practice to get the skills down. the most important is preasure on the handhold, or i should say the hardest to get right.
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012, 01:41:47 PM »
~ I was practicing this "Skill" last night...  (My kids were laughing at me hysterically) saying "Don't burn up the house mom!"  "OMG, she's going to start a fire in the house!"  (I was watching survivorman) LOL. I told them I can't even get the damn thing to spin,  how can I start a fire.  wacky115.gif  My little girl fell off the bed laughing at me.

she was like "Why do you even WANT to?" "Because I DO! THAT's why!"  :glare:

I need a WHOLE video on loading the drill onto the string.  happy097.gif 

so yeah, it IS kinda harder than it looks.  :ack:

I'm not giving up though.

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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2012, 03:01:21 PM »
Taken. Try loosening the string. Practice loading it with the string loose. Then slowly tighten it and repeat untill you have it loaded tight enough to not slip. That may help a little i hope.
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2012, 08:28:37 PM »
Taken. Try loosening the string. Practice loading it with the string loose. Then slowly tighten it and repeat untill you have it loaded tight enough to not slip. That may help a little i hope.

~ I did that last night. I'm still having trouble. I did finally get to the point where I could spin the drill... but by then I was so tired, and I was trying to watch the survivorman show, so I gave up temporarily
 

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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2012, 06:12:11 AM »
The tension on the drill is still the hardest part for me.  I can do it, but it usually takes me a 2 or 3 tries to get the tension just right.  It's one of those AHHA moments.  You can just feel it when it's right.







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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2012, 07:02:15 AM »
If you watch the second video doc i show you how to micro adjust the string tension with your thumb and finger. Hopefully that will help you get it working.
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2012, 08:25:35 AM »
Yeah, I got that and it will help me.  What I do now is use an overwrap on the tied end of the bow.  Then if I need more tension, I can just wrap it one or two more times, or if I need less tension, unwrap it.  Works pretty good and it's great for getting the tension set for kids so they are able to run the drill without the skills needed to feel for tension.  Just takes a couple tries to get the tension right.   Not quite as fast or accurate as just using finger tension, but it gets the job done. 
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2012, 08:39:11 AM »
Thats why i like the wrap i use. Ive never had issues with kids struggling with string tension my way. Just there coordination sometimes trying to hold everything still while running the drill.  You will have to make a video and show us your technique
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Re: Bowdrill fire making for beginners
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2012, 07:42:52 PM »
excellent video razor how do you keep the spindle from shooting out  :curse:
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