Recently I've been trying to get an ember using a bow drill. I made a nice hazel bow with a paracord string, set the tension right (feels not too tight, doesn't slip either).
The top bearing block is made of oak. However, I still get a lot of friction in the top, even with lubrication.
But that's not the main problem. So far I only get a lot of dust, usually that short, stringy kind, but no ember.
So far I've tried birch on birch, hazel on birch and hazel on some other wood which I don't really know (all I can say it's from a leafy tree, not a conifer). All of this wood is firewood for the winter so it is more or less dry.
Should I try some other kind of wood?
Or maybe my technique has something to do for it?
I've been trying to maintain proper form which was taught by practicalprimitive on youtube, but I'm not really sure about the sequence of how fast should I spin and what is the proper pressure.
Looking forward to your suggestions!