This section is going to be short and sweet.

There’s a couple cues to keep any eye for. They can either hinder your progress, or tell you when you’re on the right track and it’s time to double down.

CUE 1. BUILDING THE HEAT

First of you want to start building the heat up again.

CUE 2. RUNNING SMOOTHLY

From there, you want to feel your material rubbing together smoothly. This includes the hearth board and the bearing block running nicely against the drill.

CUE 3. SMOKE

With the other 2 cues in places, you should begin to produce smoke quite quickly.

But, before you get too excited, you may start to get….

SQUEAKING

  • This isn’t a good cue. It simply means you need to apply more downward pressure on your bearing block.

ALL SYSTEMS GO…

  • With the other 3 cues in place.
  • You’re ready to gradually increase your downward pressure and speed.

Once you start to generate quite a bit of smoke, you’ve mastered your technique, you have a good kit. It’s time to move on to the final steps.

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