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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: African Hand Drill (Part 2) - A Helping Hand. 101 Ways to MAKE FIRE #19

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Hello, Im ROBwithaB Welcome back to my house,

where were getting ready for a Braai or aBarbie”.

Yeah mate, no worries. Last time, I spoke about different positions

for the hand-drill method of firemaking, and today were going to discuss the advantages

of something I call the African Hand Drill. And Id better be quick,

because the guests are arriving soon. [Roberta, off screen] Youd better hurry

up, the people are coming soon.

And I hope youre going to shave! And I could say the same thing

Okay, so were back. Last time, we were talking about teamwork.

Now, with the hand drill, having someone to help you makes things a

lot easier. If you can take turns with the drilling,

it helps you to get your breath back between bouts of rapid drilling.

And in Africa, youll often see two or even three guys

collaborating like this. But you dont even need someone whos

proficient at the technique,

and to demonstrate this, Im going to enlist the help

of my charming assistant. [calls} Roberta!?

If you can find someone to hold the baseboard for you,

it frees up your feet, allowing for a more upright stance.

Kneeling works pretty well. Of course, if you can actually stand,

that gives you a chance to really get your weight behind it.

And because youre directly above, you have a much better view

of the action, as it wereSo yeah, teamwork helps.

Thank you, dear. [Roberta] Pleasure

You can go now. [Roberta] Youre so rude!

Thats the last time Im getting down on my hands and knees for you.

The next thing you need is some sort of natural sense of rhythm.

Voop voop, voop voop, voop voop. [Bad beatboxing]

What I sometimes like to call: “The Oonga Boonga

[Bird calls in background] Horny Hamerkop has it.

Like with one of those marching songs, succumbing to the rhythm allows you to detach

yourself from an obsessive focus on the goal,

and just get into the zone. And this will help you keep going

until the job is done. Because sometimes it can take a lot longer

than you expected. But the most important thing you need

to perform the so-calledAfrican hand Drillis a big stick.

A thick shaft allows you to build up more friction

along the circumference, where its in contact with the hole,

and this is especially true if you have a bulbous tip,

the part thats actually doing the work. And then the length just allows you a lot

more options, in terms of different positions.

So yeah, it is possible to get a fire going with a really small stick,

but having a big one just makes life a lot easier.

Mine is about four feet long. It used to be longer,

but Ive worn it away a little bit over the years.

Its not very pretty, to be honest. Its not even straight;

as you can see its got a bit of a curve to it.

Its got some lumps and bumps and different colours,

but it gets the job done, and thats the main thing.

If you want to take a closer look, you can see that its hollow in the middle

there. This one has seen a lot of action….

Anyway, thats enough talk about my shaft Lets talk about friction!

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