Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Hispeedal2, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Yeah, sotol....

    NO! NO! Not that one! This one...

    This is a plant that you SW Monkeys should know about. It was the one of the main fire-making plants of the Apache.

    While rabbit hunting with my little girl today, I decided to pull down a dead stalk and get to work. What I want to do is make a walking stick out of this stuff. I mean it's tough, light, and can make fire... what's not to like?

    I have a nice piece for a good size walking stick for me and her. I had enough left over to practice with. I am attempting the hand drill as that is what the Apaches used. Well, about 30 minutes of hard work and all I have to show is a blister, a bit of smoke, and a lot of dust.

    I have a strong background in the bow and drill and could this thing going in no time with a bow, but the challenger in me won't let me put aside the hand drill.


  3. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Good one Bro.

    Id be tempted to turn the fire board over and use the othere side.

    I bet that drink is nice.[boozingbuddies]
  4. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Anything else? I'll flip it and give it a run. I am giving the wood a bit of time too. It was a standing stalk, but clearly dead. Needless to say, wood dries super fast here.
  5. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

    Still looking to for hand drill tips. Maybe I should change fireboard types. For a bow and drill, generally, the fireboard and spindle can be made of the same material. I am thinking of trying a harder fireboard and keeping the softer spindle.

    Anyone have any tips for spindle length? The sotol spindle I am using I left long so I could get more friction between repositioning my hands.
  6. Jeckyl

    Jeckyl Monkey+

    cool project.


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