A young Ojibwe man successfully started a matchless fire to our . . . delight.
He used a hickory bow with a leather string to spin a pointed maple drill on a basswood fire board. He placed tinder made from the inner bark of cedar and birch pounded into fine strands of fiber and shaped into a puffed bird nest under the fire board. He spun the drill by oscillating the bow until the fire board smoked and glowed, then quickly dumped the hot sawdust onto the tinder and blew on it until it produced a flame.