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Fresh Bowdrill At 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit)

This is an amazing video from Survival Lilly.

She explains a hard technique which doesn't require sparks or flames to start a fire: the bowdrill technique.

Lilly here shows how to create a bow drill. She starts looking for a soft wood and gathering dry grass (grass is not dried but she keeps the grass with her as the human body heat can dry out most of moisture in a few minutes) then she get back to her super shelter to continue the job.

At (2':15") she shows the bow which is a piece of wood in the shape of Y.

Than at (2':30") she processes the wood to obtain the fire board batoning wood gathered and after that she creates the drill collecting the bark of the wood that can be used as tinder material. She creates a hole in the fire board and carve it with the drill (she uses a small wheel to hold the drill). After a few minutes smoke is coming from the hole and this is the moment when it is needed to carve the notch (4':10").

This is a very difficult technique and so after many attempts Lilly get a smoking ember (5':05") that she adds to a grass nest. The last passage is blowing on the ember to let the fire start.

Tags: Bowdrill, Ember, Fire making

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Survival Lilly

Survival Lilly

Survival Lilly is a true passionate bushcraft girl! She likes spending a lot of time in nature practicing survival and bushcraft skills. Her YouTube channel is very interesting as she publishes new videos often and also test out survival and outdoor gear to find the best items you can have in your survival or camping rucksack, and the video quality and photography is always excellent.

You can find all her videos on her YouTube channel.

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