Check this thread that I did a 1 stick bow drill kit. I used willow, but I do the same process for cedar, basswood, or really any wood I plan on making a kit from. I always do a 1 stick bow drill, and I usually throw them in the fire once it gets big enough. It tooke me longer to upload and make the post than it did to make the kit. Once you get the hang of it, you see fire in every dead tree you see.
The core glazes over because of the density in the heart. You can make it work, it just has to be REAL dry. If you have trouble, I'll send you some of my willow boards and spindles to work with, they are great, but not as great as cedar, IMO.
So I went for a walk with my dog looking for some suitable wood. Couldn't find anything. I'm pretty sure that we're just talking about different kinds of cedar. All we have is western red cedar, and the branches are too spindly, while the tree itself is much to big to process even if you could find a fallen one that was dry. The only dry cedar is from the inside of a burned out lightning tree, but thats heartwood.
So do you have any other recommendations for fire-bows with wood that I may be able to find. You mentioned cottonwood, and we have that. But to my knowledge it's always wet, and burns terribly. As a general rule for the west coast. Everything is wet all the time. We also have lots of pines. The fatwood probably offsets the lack of abundant fire-bow material
Should make a little video of that actually...
thank you for the offer of sending me a firebow, but I think I'll turn you down. having to use foreign woods isn't a valuable skill.
Also looking at your cedars the bark would be unstripable
Found a picture from a wiki article when i was looking up different kinds of cedar.
not condoning striping lives tree's. There is a way to do it that is harmless, but I don't know it.
Stripping lives tree's the bark is fresher. Thats how the hiada made the fancy hats and baskets
Also notice the clothes the women above are wearing. Woven cedar.
You can also use the fuzz from cedar back for tinder, and mix it with sap from a wounded tree.