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I visited Craig Fordham who’s been teaching outdoors skills for almost 30 years, at his woodland in the South East of England to film this part two of a two part series on friction fire lighting

You can watch part one on Bow Drill fire lighting – HERE

This video is part two which is a complete beginners guide to Hand Drill in which we cover every single aspect from collecting the materials, best woods to use, how to make the actual set and finally a complete walk through on how to make an ember using the Hand Drill you have made from scratch

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Below is a timestamp of every single section in this video

00:00:20 – Introduction

00:02:20 – Practicalities of hand drill in the UK

00:06:06 – What is hand drill

00:07:08 – Hearth (types & varieties)

00:09:14 – Hearth (harvesting the wood)

00:10:31 – Hearth (making the hearth)

00:13:51 – Spindle (types & varieties)

00:16:35 – Spindle (harvesting the wood)

00:19:27 – Spindle (making the spindle)

00:25:27 – Bedding the hand drill set for the first time

00:31:40 – Carving a notch in the hearth board

00:33:17 – Producing your first hand drill ember

00:42:48 – Transferring the ember to a tinder bundle

00:43:55 – Pro tip (thumb loops i.e. what they are and how to use them)

00:46:03 – Pro tip (two man hand drill i.e. how it works)

00:48:36 – Pro tip (wooden plugs i.e. what they are and how to make them)

00:51:07 – Pro tip (conditioning your hands for hand drill)

00:55:20 – Pro tip (sourcing spindles from diy / garden stores)

00:56:28 – Troubleshooting (you’re struggling to find the right wood)

00:57:21 – Troubleshooting (how do you stop your hands from hurting)

00:57:49 – Troubleshooting (you’re getting smoke but no ember)

00:58:27 – Importance of repetition and practise

00:59:40 – Conclusion

As always I appreciate you watching

Take care