Hand drill... The most primitive, the most primal, and it’s probably
the most difficult of all the friction-based fire making methods.
I’ve tried to play with different woods of different hardness from
different plants. Seems like the common fig tree (for hearth board) and
Petai Belalang wood (for drill) makes a great “anti-blister” combination
Friction fire (Bowdrill) using materials from around the neighborhood...
It was a cloudy, damp and windy day. So it was a little tricky to get
an ember, and making sure the smoking dust didn't blow
away.Nevertheless, we did get a fire going, and had a great time just
being outside, playing with sticks and grass.
It's been awhile since I've posted here as I have been posting through Kawanbike Penang Facebook. Now I'm looking at a backlog of blog posts in my draft folder and I thought I should start posting... Penang island is truly blessed with many natural attractions. Regardless of where you are living within Penang, nature is just a stone's throw away.
I've been introducing my children to the natural world since their early years and I'm glad I did. I love to see them running around, exploring, getting dirty, discovering seashells, and sampling wild edibles...
As usual, gathering as we hike... Fishtail Palms are abundant along the trails. The core is edible and the fibrous bark on the tree makes extremely good tinder for fire starting.
Children are natural foragers...
They enjoy wandering in nature, collecting and gathering. They are so good and
took no time at all gathering up these wonderful shellfish from the sea as I was
busy building a fire.
The ultimate wild finger food...
Foraged shellfish cooked in the embers of a fire at the beach itself. Simply natural!
One of my favourite wild foods. The nut is very delicious, tasting almost like almond.
Most people don't realize it's edible, but I've had this since I was a child.
Almonds are often quite easily gathered in large numbers with very
They are often found littering the ground beneath the