Primitive Technology: How To Make A Forge

If you read about it, long-term survival in the wild doesn’t sound like your weekend camping trip. That is why you should know more than just how to start a fire. For instance, it is useful to know how to make a forge. It may sound complicated at first, but the video below will guide you through the process. Of course, you should try and make this before you get stranded in the wilderness! Start by making the combination of a bow drill and forge blower in order to force the air in the fire. Then try and build the rest of the pieces. Good luck!

“I invented the Bow Blower, a combination of the bow drill and forge blower to make a device that can force air into a fire while being easy to construct from commonly occurring natural materials using only primitive technology. I began by fanning a fire with a piece of bark to increase its temperature. It is this basic principle I improved on throughout the project.
The housing was about 25 cm wide and 8 cm tall. The hole in the top and the spout were both about 6 cm in diameter so that the air coming in roughly equalled the air coming out. The base of the fan rotor sat in a wooden socket placed in the ground to make it spin easier and the top of the rotor protruded from the hole in the top of the housing.”

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