For a year (365 days) I produced a primitive fire coal using various bow drill kits. The process is simple: Check out this link to find out how. It took me two years to get my first coal, and for a whole year, I only produced 5. I decided that I didn’t want to give up, so I committed to producing one a day for a whole year, and guess what? I got really good. Just goes to show: If you work hard at something, you’ll succeed.
My favourite woods have been cedar on cedar, and big leaf maple on cedar. I’ve also had good luck with mullein on cedar, for a quick and easy spindle. For cordage, I’ve had success with raw hide and dogbane.
Below are some pictures from a workshop I facilitated. My next challenge? Handrill. I have big plans for a similar, and likely shorter, challenge.