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Fire by Friction March 1, 2012

Filed under: Primitive Projects — stoneagepaths @ 10:55 AM
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Fire was one of the most important discoveries ever made by primitive man.  Making fire with friction employs the basic principles of generating heat by turning the spindle to create friction so the wood slowly begins to burn forming an ember.

It took me about 4 to 6 weeks of daily practice before I was able to get a coal using cat-tail on a yucca hearth board and another week to make one using cat-tail on a poplar hearth.   But nothing is more gratifying than making fire with two sticks.

Spindles and hearth boards

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2 Responses to “Fire by Friction”

  1. Nice website! Looking forward to read more stuff on here 🙂


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