Friction Fire Tuesday

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  1. Stone

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    The polls are closed. I trust y'all voted.

    A couple hand drill embers today on unique wood combinations.

    Mule fat spindle on grape hearth.jpg
    Mule fat spindle on grape hearth. I actually went all the way through the hearth AND leather before coming up with this ember.

    Manzanita spindle on cottonwood hearth.jpg
    Manzanita spindle on cottonwood hearth. Went almost all the way through this hearth...

    Thanks to @Shnick for the manzanita; @Gruntinhusaybah for the mule fat; and @Seahunter for the grape. I gathered the cottonwood in either Utah or Idaho.
     
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    Gruntinhusaybah Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I

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    @Stone you're an inspiration man!
     
  3. Stone

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    Thank you! By the way, I have made hand drill embers on 30 different hearth woods using the mule fat you sent.
     
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    Guillaume Longval Friction Fire Addict

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    its been a while since i last made a friction fire, longer still for a hand drill

    had spindles to test, so i went outside (beyween episodes of drizzle) and went for it. my first divot broke apart, but i got two embers after that. both mullein on fir. embers took their sweet time to form in that humidity... IMG_20181107_172803503.jpg IMG_20181107_173404612.jpg

    yeah, very windy too

    no blisters! although i pushed it a little. my arms though could need some practice.
     
  5. Stone

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    Three unique hand drill embers tonight:

    Honey locust root spindle on English walnut hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on English walnut hearth. I've got a photo of the ember shining brightly, but I like this one better with the smoke. Thanks to @ArmyMacE for the honey locust root.

    Honey locust root spindle on grape hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on grape hearth. Thanks to @Seahunter for the grape.

    Mullein spindle on English walnut hearth.jpg
    Mullein spindle on English walnut hearth.

    The English walnut came from my uncle's yard in eastern Washington. The mullein I gathered on my own in Boise.

    Oh, and I used the okra I grew last year in my Boise garden as a hearth...it was too pithy centered to work as a hearth. I might be successful later on using some smaller pieces as a spindle...stay tuned!
     
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  6. Stone

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    Four hand drill embers on unique combinations tonight.

    Honey locust root spindle on cherry hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on cherry hearth.

    Honey locust root spindle on mahogany hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on mahogany hearth.

    Honey locust root spindle on palo verde hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on palo verde hearth.

    Honey locust root spindle on willow hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on willow hearth.

    Thanks to @ArmyMacE for the honey locust root; and thanks to @Jacob for the palo verde.
     
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    Walnut, I was sure that was not possible. I would not be surprised now if you succeeded with a chicken bone.
     
  8. Stone

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    Four new hand drill embers this evening:

    Honey locust root spindle on balsam fir hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on balsam fir hearth.

    Honey locust root spindle on quaking aspen hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on quaking aspen hearth.

    Honey locust root spindle on saguaro rib hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on saguaro rib hearth.

    Honey locust root spindle on western hemlock hearth.jpg
    Honey locust root spindle on western hemlock hearth.

    Thanks to @ArmyMacE for the honey locust root. Thanks to @NWPrimate for the western hemlock. Thanks to @Jacob for the saguaro rib. My Christmas tree one year provided the balsam fir (I think). And the quaking aspen came from a buddy in Maine who is not part of this forum.
     
  9. ArmyMacE

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    Hey @Stone have you tried the actual Honey Locust wood I sent yet? I’ve had some difficulties with it, but when it pops out an ember they are hot! Works great for bow drill!
     
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    Here is a pic of what I am calling honey locust root. Hopefully I didn't label this wrong; I don't think I did, but correct me if I am.
    Honey locust root.jpg

    Here is a used piece with the same bark pattern as above that I named Honey locust root.
    Drilled Honey locust root.jpg


    This piece looks different (more red in the wood) and you labeled this plain (above ground) "honey locust" wood.

    honey locust.jpg
    If all that is correct, I don't think I have tried the above ground part of honey locust yet. But I will shortly!
     
  11. Stone

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    The original gift:
    July Gift from ArmyMacE.jpg
     
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    Nope, you have it right. I was just curious.

    There was a couple of each I thought...

    I tried to keep it all organized because you’re very astute at keeping track of your combinations achieved. I’m not good at keeping track of them for myself.

    I’m glad your enjoying the materials! Keep up the awesome work!

    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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    I got a hand drill ember with the honey locust wood using a fennel spindle tonight. It's about the only main spindle wood I had on hand that I hadn't gotten an ember on the root with. And since I am considering the root and the wood the same plant, I needed to get something unique.

    Fennel spindle on honey locust wood hearth.jpg
    Fennel spindle on honey locust wood hearth.

    Fennel spindle on grand fir hearth.jpg
    Fennel spindle on grand fir hearth.

    Notice how the fennel spindle plug is almost not visible after making the second ember. I had to use my handy corkscrew-like tool to pull the spindle plug.
    pulling fennel spindle.jpg

    pulled fennel spindle.jpg
     
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    Two more embers tonight.

    Teasel spindle on palo verde hearth.jpg
    Teasel spindle on palo verde hearth.

    Teasel spindle on western hemlock hearsth.jpg
    Teasel spindle on western hemlock hearth.

    Thanks to @Jacob for the palo verde; thanks to @NWPrimate for the western hemlock.
     
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