I have just made a pump-drill for friction firelighting, made from items I found in a neighbours skip.

The drill is a length of wooden curtain rail, with a hole drilled in one end to allow the insertion of various wood-tips for firelighting. The flywheel is a round 2kg weight (the type used in weight lifting). It takes about 2 minutes to produce an ember but there is virtually no effort involved.

Now I am experimenting with making one from materials found “in the field”.


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