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Old 09-11-2010, 05:51 PM   #11
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Me and boy Tarzan just trekked through the woods and gathered stuff we found. Then we just spent about 2 hours trying to drill to get fire. We finally got the embers going. What we failed to read, was the part about getting the embers into our tinder, we put our tinder into the ember hole.
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We are going out to do it again. Be back later.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:15 PM   #12
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Nice Shi.

It will be next weekend before I have my kids again and will attempt it with them then.
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:27 AM   #13
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Bump...Since Lesson 3 is posted. Stick it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:41 PM   #14
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Okay, this weekend was one filled with self indulgence of a sort and as such, I didn't get my homework done. Last night, I was determined to conquer this task.

A few months ago I had taken some low hanging limbs off a tree in back and stacked them. Plans were to cut them up, but other things took presidence and they ended up sitting in the hot summer sun so I got the idea they would make EXCELLENT timber for my task. I whacked up all the limbs and put them in the yard waste bin ( blue lid in the pictures ) and selected a couple of choice pieces to get a start.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:46 PM   #15
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Selected a nice size rock from rock garden, which is actually part of my "lawn" and drove the FTF knife right through the grain of the limb. Went like butta!

Then I selected a nice smaller limb about the right size and made my *cough*first*cough* bow & spindle. Then I took my handy blade and notched out a couple of holes in the split log and whittled the ends of the spindle. Selected some dryer lint as I saw someone else do that and it just made perfect sense and got to work.
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Yeah. There was part of Master Chief's write up that said you had to be careful with your bow if you made it from dry wood, because you might break it. Turns out that is TOTALLY TRUE.
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So I crafted a second one and started bow sawing away. I got hot, sweaty, I might have pulled a muscle in my back and the dogs were pretty sure I had lost my friggin mind. As Shihan spent a couple of hours with success, I spent about an hour after construction of the components with no success. Francisco says failure is expected and not to take it too hard, but I was working my ass off here and I really wanted some fire. LOL

So, I gave up, went inside, had dinner and shared family time. Swapped stories about the days' events with the woman. All the while, plotting and scheming to get me some damn fire!

I went back out with a vengence after dinner had settled. Didn't take long, my new meal plan is pretty tiny... LOL

back and forth I was sawing like a mad man and got some smoke, then I tried to gently blow on it to get some sort of ember while lying on my belly and slowly trying to dump it into the dryer lint.

All for not. Small tindels of smoke, but very little of anything warm enough to start dryer lint on fire.

So, in a last ditch effort I went and got my Dewalt 18volt cordless drill. If turning this stick in a circular fashion is going to produce embers, surely this will do it.

Not so much. A TON of smoke, so much so I thought my shoe was going to burst into flames at any moment. I was edging it on, I was begging, I was drilling at high speed, I was giving a gentle breath to help it catch....
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Nothing.

So, I give myself points for effort, but if I was truly forced to start a fire in this fashion last night, I would have survived into the wee hours as I was a hot & sweaty mess, then froze to death in the morning frost.

Master Chief, can we perhaps get some pictures to show how you bush savvy folks do it? That might help get the participation numbers up here.

Also, I urge everyone to try each exercise. Those that participate will be eligible for graduation and the achievement that comes with it.

So, can your bushcraft skills trump that of the frozen popsickle mod? Are you cavemen enough??
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The plumbr is slacking. Out playing and not doing the deal. I have to get out and see what I can find for wood to use. Maybe I can find a tree limb down in a park near by.
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Iíve gotten a little bit behind on my Bushcraft studies due to being out of state for work,(and yeah, I also ride the short bus).
Went out today in search of bow drilling equipment, found a bow, drill, but couldnít find anything suitable for a fireboard so I tried to improvise with some 2x4ís(probably not the best choice).
Had some serious smoke coming from the drill and fireboard, but just couldnít get fire!
I am by no means giving up on this though, where there is smoke fire is sure to follow!
I have saved all the lessons so far to a MS Word document, but for now I will move on to the next course and do make up on friction fire when I can.
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