Survival Skills – Firemaking – The Bow Drill

Survival Skills – Firemaking – The Bow Drill

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Richard Cleveland’s Earth School in Western North Carolina teaches students solid Wilderness Survival Skills. Students learn to be self-reliant as they deepen their connection to the natural world.
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20 Comments

  1. Can you please afford a better camera, what did you shoot this with a flip phone? I mean come on 240p u gotta be kidding ? nice pants by the way

  2. Lighters get wet.

  3. No, you have to burn It in first.

  4. I'm guessing that's the Gerber Camp Axe II based on the shape of the head and the grey at the end of the handle. They're readily available as most camping and outdoor stores like Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's as well as many internet sales sites. The cost varies between $35 and $52.

  5. Great video Richard. I was able to get a coal last night using pine. It was dry and passed the thumbnail test.

  6. Hey my fellow Earthlings! Please check out and Subscribe to our new "Earth School Channel" Just follow the link in the video description above!

    Many new Wilderness and Self-Reliance videos have already been uploaded. More Instructional Videos are on their way!!

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  7. Observe: mortal man breathing life into a fire.

  8. hillbillybushcraft

    did you use white pine?

  9. Good video
    One thing before starting a fire clear away any and all dead debris so as not to start a forest fire

  10. Chuck Norris would just flick his fingers.

  11. tough stuff!

  12. Nicely done. About how long did the whole process take you, start to finish?

    Also, you cut the notch AFTER grinding out a hole first? Can you just cut the notch right off the bat, and try to skip that middle step?

  13. hey just a little tip when you are trying to blow the ember into flame make sure you have the wind at your back so you dont get a face full of smoke

  14. Chester Copperpot

    Aw shit! FIRE run away!!

  15. @raz636man Of course Raz…please… lighters are great, but the real power and wisdom is having the knowledge to know what to do without them… -R

  16. @emerson24 I posted that over a year ago, and was just working on the technique. Since then I ve learned that native cedar and aspen as well as our cottonwood work well in Montana. I ve also learned it is way easier to do in the shop and at home.
    A quote I read on my way to mastering the bow drill method.
    " A person who is familiar with the Bowdrill method of fire making NEVER forgets their matches!"

  17. @hawksucker69 Isn't the whole purpose of this is to find what nature provides? If you are going to go to the store and buy wood, then what's point in this video? Better off just buying some water proof matches and duraflame.

  18. zyxwvutsrqponml1234

    playing with fire by all those dry leaves ?

  19. making fire without a lighter is not easy

  20. MonkeyInAHumanSuit

    @PKM9x19

    I don't need a knife to go for a walk in the bush PK, because I'm not dumb enough to get lost in the first place.

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