Building the Bow Drill

Start with a harvested chunk of cedar. Sapwood is what you want for your bow drill kit. There are many different species of wood all over the country.

I’ll let you know the kind of species that should be available to you if you leave a comment for Josh Enyart on the Prepper Advantage website.

Another rule of thumb: take your thumbnail and press it into the wood to leave an indentation. This indicates the wood should be good to try (but not necessarily good to go). There are a lot of woods that won’t work well, especially for a beginner, that you can dent with your thumbnail, but this is a pretty good gauge.

I’m going to use the other half of this round for my other bearing block and use this cordage to show you how to make your bow drill set.

Great beginner woods/the six easiest:

  • Willow
  • Aspen
  • Cottonwood
  • Basswood
  • Tulip poplar
  • Cedar

There are others, of course. As you become more advanced, more difficult woods will become available to you, and most will work. It’s just a matter of technique, time and effort.

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