I've done this before. It took me approximately 5-6 hours over 2 days in total to create my first fire bow and figure out how to work it properly.
Once I had it working, I could get smoke within 30 seconds fairly easily though. I never got my notch properly though, never got an ember just a lot
The handle and board were made of pine and I made the drill out of some kind of fruit tree wood, probably nectarine or pear, can't remember. I used a
quite small piece of braided, waxed string used for crafts or something instead of full-sized rope and I never had any breakage, but I did fold it
over twice and twist it into one thicker rope.
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