Becker Bow Drill (Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Becker Knife & Tool' started by Moosez45, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Ethan Becker

    Ethan Becker Moderator Moderator

    Sep 1, 1999
    If I remember my lecture notes........every ten degree in crease in humidity and every ten dgree drop in temperature DOUBLES the difficulty......So try a sunny, south facing slope at about 3pm......You do this and hand rill and you really understand why they killed the idiot wwho let the fire go out......A gene pool enhancement plan for sure......Remember in your fits of frustration that when a primitive left the hogan, lodge or long house to go a'hunting of a frosty morn he had DRY tinder, his already made fire kit......See the Iceman's gear......It was his "Bic"......

    After I got my first coal with a hand drill I never ever looked at a match, Zippo or Bic quite the same way.....

  2. Murphnuge

    Murphnuge Moderator Moderator

    Feb 27, 2010
    And for Prometheus' sake, watch dripping sweat on your tinder!
  3. Arkanian


    Feb 27, 2011
    It had just rained, was 33 degrees while raining/snowing and then it dropped to the 20s... so it was very humid, very cold and coincidentally a North facing wooded area around 10:00 AM, talk about doing everything in the wrong! I am however not giving up and I'll try until my sheer frustration and/or determination will ignite the wood. That and maybe some homemade napalm...

    Thanks for the information Moose and E, I will definitely try it on a less crappy day. It just sucks because it shows me how dependent I am on my gear, so I really want to be a bit more self sufficient in the future. On a secondary note, the BK2 makes easy work of making the kit!
  4. BushOgre


    May 18, 2011
    Fantastic Moose. This is why you are the man. Taking the time to educate the masses. I will hopefully find some time this weekend to try this out with the back cut.
  5. SoldMyHat


    Dec 28, 2011
    That's what she said.

    :D someone had to do it.

    Ehem. That's what she said.
  6. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Shoot, since Derek linked this thread, I'm bumping it back up. Good stuff Moose. I need to try this myself. Always wanted to learn how to do it.
  7. zpstl321


    Sep 20, 2012
    There is some good information on the Bushcraftusa site about using green or wet wood. One of the advanced papers details getting smoke, waiting for it to cool down, repeat 5 times and then go for a coal. The friction on the first five dry the wood.

    If you want to teach someone and get them hooked fast the yucca is about the best, I recall it burns at something close to 400 degrees vs some of the other woods are as high as 1200 degrees. Also let them use jute twine for a tender bundle in the begining to make sure they are successful. You can even recommend they use Zute as a lanyard so they always have some with them. It does work as a cord for the bow drill too, but you have to twist it up to make it more durable. I also make a reverse cone in the notch so the dust packs under the drill. The goal is to light the top of the dust pile with friction. Going slow until the notch fills to the top saves energy and makes it burn better once you have the enber.

    As to your tutorial...Very nice. Much better than anything I could do and it covered everything one needs to know to be successful. Great instructions, great pictures, great job!
  8. DerekH

    DerekH Handsome According to my Mother Moderator

    Nov 18, 2010
    Per Moose the last time we discussed a bow drill the only thing he has since changed is that if possible he will use a chunk from a very green sapling as the bearing block, preferably one that has a great deal of moisture on the inside as that helps to make it even more lubricated for the spindle.
  9. v-man


    Jan 20, 2001
    great thread..............Thanks!!!!

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