Bow Drill with Natural Cordage - Cottonwood on Cottonwood

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  1. Kurt992

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    This post combines two of the lessons that I have been working on for Bushclass, natural cordage and friction fire. I figured that since I took all that time to make the cordage, I might as well use it for something. I made a three strand braid out of Dogbane and a two strand twist out of Milkweed. I figured the dogbane to be stronger, so that is what I chose to use. Here it is attached to my bow.

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    I used Cottonwood for the hearth and spindle. The divot was already burnt in, so I can't claim total victory

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    Continued
     
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    Coal number one

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    Second Coal

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    Third coal

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    Finishing the fire

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    Cont
     
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    This process really softens the cordage and makes it rather smooth. I had to use my thumb to tension the cord quite a bit while I worked the spindle. I also noticed that when I trimmed up the spindle, all of the little corners that created caused extra friction in the divot. Turning the spindle in the divot a few times by hand helped smooth out those rough edges and the bow was easier to use.

    This picture shows what the cordage looked like after three coals compared to a section that wasn't on the bow.

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    I decided to test the strength of the cord after using it on the bow. I tied it to same 25 pound weight that I used to test it after I first made it. Still pretty strong.

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    Last but not least, my backyard bushcraft beast. He's watching things that need watching.

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    Thanks for looking.
     
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    Well done man!
     
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    I knew you could get er did.. GREAT job man.
    Thanks
     
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    Good work mate!

    Take care
     
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    Well done Kurt!
     
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    Great looking set up way to knock it out Man! great stuff
     
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    Awesome!
    Just started playing with cordage myself.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone.
     
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    Awesome work brother!
     
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    Very impressive . You don't mess around when you say you're gonna try something you mean like ,today .
     
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    That is a big deal Kurt. Congrats.
     
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    I was really impressed. Way to tie it all together. Now I need to look a little loser at making the cordage. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Great job on a 100% wild set up.

    If you keep the bow at angle say 25 degrees to the ground as apposed to parallel to the ground you'll have less wear on your string. The angle keeps the string from abrading against itself increasing the string life.
     
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    Great stuff Kurt. Cottonwood is some good wood. When I hit the riparian areas around here I like to bring some home with me for stuff like this. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Way to go. That is amazing.
     
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    The cordage looks great!
     
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    Awesome job a.truly primitive fire
     
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    That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Very impressive bushcraft there.
     
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    That coal with that cordage is a real accomplishment. Very impressive job on the cordage.
     
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    Good looking "watcher" you have there.
    Appears you have the bow drill down. Good on you .
     
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    Awesome display of skills.
     
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    Very Cool

    Its extremly satisfiyng to make fire all natural :dblthumb:

    Dont have dogbane in my part of the world :33:
    ... but there is basswood, willow, nettles, elm and all lots of roots !
     
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    Nicely done thanks for sharing!
     
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    Good job; always nice to do it with it all
     

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