Bow Drill Kit From Scratch – Friction Fire Tuesday Practice – Econo Challenge

Creating fire using material carefully selected from the wilderness around you is the ultimate survival skill. Fire can sterilize your water, cook your food, provide warmth and light up even…



  1. Jamie Walker

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Never having tried a bow drill, is it possible to reuse a previous used hole?

  2. Lynx Bushcraft

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Jeep!
    This kind of firemaking is never easy. I used to use prepared and dried materials.
    Have a great week my friend!

  3. gundog5

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Excellent effort, EC. Refreshing to see others like you giving it an honest effort and keeping it real. So many use the magic of video-editing often misleads the audience into romantisizing this skill to appear far easier than it usually is.

    I've gotten fairly proficient using only freshly found material with only a pocket knife and a cheap pair of shoelaces in varying environments and weather, often not even knowing what type of wood I'm using. You were so close. What would have made the difference is preheating the friction points doing multiple burn-in's (or drying-cycles) to steam away the moisture in the wood before going for a coal. The false embers (or phantom embers) are a tell tale sign there's moisture (or resin) in the dust. What you had would have worked.

    In most wooded areas, moisture is almost always a factor, especially if you're in a dense forest with a heavy canopy. So, preheating preperation beforhand is often necessary before going for a coal. Something so many folks won't show on video as they want to appear like they were successful on their first and only attempt in just a few minutes time. Give it another go. I think you'll get it the next time.

  4. BluegrassBushcraft

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome video Jeep. Thanks for keeping it real. We are in the same boat. I have no problem with prepared kits but have little luck from scratch. I work hard at it for a while and get burned out on it and give up. A month or two later I'll try it again.Thanks for sharing. Atb. Robert

  5. Bushman RC

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Great attempt bro! She's a tough go man! Especially if ya don't practice regularly like me…haha!

  6. bad hat

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Jeep I have a fun fire challenge for you should you choose to accept it. Create a fire using only materials native to the Northern US and Southern Canada by the fire thong method

  7. mobiltec

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    HB Hiker just did a vid on hand twist drill that worked in minutes. 

  8. Tango Joe

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Bravo – great to see the honesty at the end.

  9. SpartanJohns

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Jeep,
    1: Getting a coal with materials you just picked is hard if you don't pick the right materials. I have sweated many times without getting a coal.
    2: Things get even more difficult without para cord and a good bearing. Natural cordage will break and some other synthetic cordage might slip. As for the bearing: it it is not smooth you lose very much friction. I sweated trying this as well.
    3: I really like this kind of video!
    4: Thank you! If you consider me an inspiration know that without you I would have probably given up before I got my first coal.

  10. Bill A.

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I've learned some of my best tips from watching Cédrik Grenier ( He shows friction fire in all weathers too. Keep it up. Love the videos….

  11. bushcraftbartons

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Great effort Jeep 🙂

  12. ManLand121

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I am soooooo glad you are honest…I had no idea this method was tough to really accomplish!

  13. TomsBackwoods

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    You were so close Jeep! Great vid! Nice to see Hobbexp in the comments! I miss his video's as well!

  14. hobbexp

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    hahaha that was funny, 
    try to start slower, and build the dust up,

  15. Patrick

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Keep on trying J! Do you remove the char bit on your bottom spindle after every try? Great vid mon ami!

  16. DiaLaiN

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Дайте мне ссылки на различные форумы ,сайты по бушкрафту,выживанию  пожалуйста. 

  17. DiaLaiN

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Вы где живёте в америке или великобритании

  18. Rob Slagle

    March 4, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    No bird nest and no flames? Just a coal, good job on the coal, but even Dave says it doesn't count until you put it in a nest and blow into flame

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