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Josh

Eucalyptus bow drill

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Hi, I'm starting to get into bush-craft and survivalism as a bit of a hobby. I've set myself the challenge of the bowdrill. In Australia we predominantly have Eucalyptus (gum) trees, which i believe is a pretty hard wood and hard woods makes a hard bowdrillin'.

 

Has anyone had any success the Eucalyptus?

and are there any other Australians here btw?

 

Cheers for your help

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Wish I could help, but I have no idea how well that would or would not work honestly. I want to start making a bow drill and playing around with it also, so I am curious what others have to say. I have heard though that the harder the wood, the harder it is to create a coal with a bow drill. Take that for what it is though, 4th hand info lol.

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Use a softwood for the hearth, since it will produce a coal faster than hardwoods. The drill can be made from hardwood or softwood. The bow material is up to you. Bearing block should be hardwood or stone.

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