I’m not going to lie, this isn’t the movies. Using a bow drill is not easy.
When people first get into learning survival the first thing they want to do is learn to build a fire. The problem is that we are trying to be patient with inpatient people. They want to know the old ways of doing things but aren’t prepared to sit down and learn it.
A bow drill does take some time to get used to but once you start, you will find that it gets easier and easier.
You would use a bow drill in the following way:
- Gather your materials together (hand piece, drill/spindle, bow, baseboard/fire board, tinder, kindling)
- Get your drill in place in the bow, pull it towards you and then twist the bottom end and move it to the top.
- Put the drill into the notched baseboard and the hand piece on top.
- Take your arm with the hand piece and set it against your shin. Then point your bow slightly downward and move it back and forth at a quick, steady pace.
- As soon as you start seeing smoke then you need to start speeding up.
- At some point you will see an ember in the notch which will need to be placed into your kindling and then gently blown on until it catches fire.
If you would rather see the video of using a bow drill then check out the one we found for you below.
If you are just beginning then we would highly suggest buying a premade bow drill set.