Hello, I’m ROBwithaB Welcome back to my house,
where we’re getting ready for a Braai or a “Barbie”.
Yeah mate, no worries. Last time, I spoke about different positions
for the hand-drill method of firemaking, and today we’re going to discuss the advantages
of something I call the African Hand Drill. And I’d better be quick,
because the guests are arriving soon. [Roberta, off screen] You’d better hurry
up, the people are coming soon.
And I hope you’re going to shave! And I could say the same thing…
Okay, so we’re 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, you’ll often see two or even three guys
collaborating like this. But you don’t even need someone who’s
proficient at the technique,
and to demonstrate this, I’m 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 you’re directly above, you have a much better view
of the action, as it were… So yeah, teamwork helps.
Thank you, dear. [Roberta] Pleasure
You can go now. [Roberta] You’re so rude!
That’s the last time I’m 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-called “African hand Drill” is a big stick.
A thick shaft allows you to build up more friction
along the circumference, where it’s in contact with the hole,
and this is especially true if you have a bulbous tip,
the part that’s 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 I’ve worn it away a little bit over the years.
It’s not very pretty, to be honest. It’s not even straight;
as you can see it’s got a bit of a curve to it.
It ‘s got some lumps and bumps and different colours,
but it gets the job done, and that’s the main thing.
If you want to take a closer look, you can see that it’s hollow in the middle
there. This one has seen a lot of action….
Anyway, that’s enough talk about my shaft Let’s talk about friction!