Recently made friction fire for the first time! Had smoke with bow drills many times before but never knew the correct native woods to use. Pate (seven finger) worked well as a drill on mahoe, but had a short lasting ember. However, mahoe on mahoe was the real deal. From ember to flame - what a feeling!

Stay curious, humble and never stop learning.

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Comment by Aaron Kerr on April 17, 2014 at 9:48

Cheers Jim, I'll try that. Appreciate you sharing this.

Comment by Jim on April 5, 2014 at 10:16

Manuka for both the spindle and hearth works fine for what it is worth. Never really seen the need for two different types of wood either but lots of things work.

Comment by Aaron Kerr on March 21, 2014 at 15:51

I know of Kaikomako on Mahoe for Bow drill/hand drill ...or Mahoe on Kaikomako for friction. Cool to hear that Mahoe on Mahoe works too, I'll have to try that.


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