Please note that the main spindle shaft will not have the black woodburning artwork as seen in the photo above. The price I was charging for the thumb loop hand drill in 2005 did not justify the amount of hours I spent making one and the cost of materials. Given my interest in the discussion of the merits in having a softer spindle versus a softer hearthboard, which has been entertained in some primitive skills publications, in Table 2 you will see my measurements of the specific gravity, or density relative to that of water, of all the woods. Finally, I tried my hand at producing hand drill embers without carving the notch into the socket. Favored by hand drill practitioners because it allows your upper-body weight to bear down onto the spindle. Although it takes more exertion to generate an ember in this position, some folks (like myself) find this more comfortable.
These two photos illustrate the fluid, alternating, U-shaped motions that the hands perform in order to sustain spindle-rotation—which may result in quicker ember formation. Storm immersed himself into the wellspring of adventure and the experience of the Stone Age.

Have one person apply a good amount of downward pressure to the drill while the other uses some cord (paracord, shoe lace, etc…) to quickly rotate the spindle. Tap the board to get the ember onto piece of bark, then transfer it over to the tinder bundle and blow it until you get a flame.
Mention of the best preferred type off wood combination for easier ignition in all methods of fire starting would be very helpful.
The main spindle shaft will have carved, cross hatched hand grooves or wrapped cordage, but no burnt artwork. Thank you, Storm, for sharing your heartfelt enthusiasm of the wilderness and skills of the past through your engaging articles. This 2 man method we’re showing is a modified version of the Hand drill and is far easier to use than a traditional one person hand drill. In order to make it worth my time to make one, I have to charge $75 for creating a hand-made thumb loop hand drill.
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