Fire Plow / Plough

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  1. NWPrimate

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    Nice work @atlastrekker ! That fire plow is still a total mystery to me. :18: If you had to guess, how long would you say it has been taking you from the first stroke to the ember forming?


    I really enjoy @OMRebel 's videos and think I've probably seen that one, but I should go back and watch it again.
     
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    My guess would be two minutes or so. I have had good luck using a slow motion to get the groove formed and some dust built up, taking a breather for a second or two then once I get going again doing a slow build up of speed and pressure until the end. I'll try and get a video up soon.
     
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    @NWPrimate I was given this at a bamboo fire saw workshop that I attended at a primitive skills school in the past. Your attempts reminded me of it. I tried it once and thought I came close but ran in to difficulty getting the dust to stay in the groove and form a pile. I suppose the birds nest in there must be just right to avoid having dust sneak out the sides. Not as much of a problem with bamboo since it's all coming up through a hole directly into your tinder with not much room to shift around.

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    Nice job, what type of wood(s) are you using in this one?
     
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    Yup. that's what I got out of it also, it can be done and it's a lot of work, which is why I practice with a bow drill set once in a great while, but carry a ferro rod and a Bic lighter for serious fire starting. :44:
     
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    Incense cedar for both.

    I tried with some "drift wood" at the high water mark of the river yesterday and didn't have any success. I am pretty sure that these were both cedar too, but I didn't get the color of dust I was hoping for and after a few attempts moved on.
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    With the fire saw it seems like catching the dust would be the issue. Since the bamboo is hollow it has a place for the tinder to rest and collect dust and heat.
     
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