Fire making 2004-ongoing
Fire making attempt
1mn20, mp4, 2mb, 2007

I am demonstrating the bow drill technique in performances.

The bow provides a fast motion for the stick. It is important to start the hole on the side of the board, and cut a notch there. Sawdust from the friction will gather in the notch and eventually create a glowing ember.

27th January 2007
I finally managed to make a fire in front of a live audience in Zürich.

The breakthrough was greatly facilitated thanks to a book called Le feu avant les allumettes (fire before matches) that I bought in Le centre de préhistoire du Vercors.