Bow drill set
I’ve just finished a new (bow drill) bow to go with the set I used on Native Skills 2. You can use any old stick as a bow, providing it’s roughly the right length and thickness – but it can also be a good idea to create a nice one yourself, imbuing it with your own intentions and personality. Creating fire from wood is a ceremony, and the more respect and gratitude with which you approach it the better you will be rewarded. And successfully creating a coal isn’t the only type of reward – failure can teach you just as much, if not more, about the materials and your own attitude and mood.
I’m going to try to get into the habit of using the set every day, especially if I do the Native Awareness year course in 2010.