So today I did my weekly bowdrill practice. I practice weekly for two reasons. 1} to keep my muscle that are used in working the bowdrill in condition. 2} I want working the bowdrill to be fun not a chore. If you practice then it becomes easy and second nature,where as if you don't practice then you will struggle and it will be hard work. I also go to the woods atleast once a month and make a bowdrill set from start to Finnish,I do this for the same reason,so it is second nature to me. I will say this though,When I make a bowdrill I tend to make the fire board big enough so that I can use it a number of times and have found that I can use the same socket 2 or 3 times and some times more. What I do is find a small stone and use this as an abrasive and rough up the inside of the socket and the end of the spindle which helps create more friction from a socket that has been used.