#0037 – Phyre Phryday V/Blog 01/22/2021 – PurpleHeart (Peltogyne Spp.) (PD) Pump Drill: HOMESICK FOR JAPAN!

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BLUE = Link,

PURPLE = Method/Technique,

GREEN = Janka Hardness

Hello Global Tribe of PhyreKeepers (GTOP)!

01/22/2021 – Welcome to Phyre Dojo’s 37th Phyre Phryday Vlog. 

I am INCREDIBLY HOMESICK for Japan, but Japan, as well as a lot of the World, is not letting anyone from the US into their countries, and for legitimate and obvious reasons.

In these videos, I am teaching with TAKU KAWAGUCHI of WILD AND NATIVE ( https://wildandnative.com/ ). These are Taku’s students at his bushcraft school where we went over and demonstrated EVERY METHOD IN THE WORLD.

On the first day of the Workshop, we did (PD) PUMP DRILL. And, (PD) PUMP Drill‘s “claim to fame” is that in fact you could do HIGHER DENSITY Woods that are just TOO HARD for (ED) Egyptian Drill, that’s approximately on a Janka Hardness Scale of about 2,000 to 3,000 respectively, BUT, you can do them with the least amount of effort out of any and all other Methods.

The (PD) PUMP Drill Set here is made of PURPLEHEART (Peltogyne Spp.). The Spindle Reloads, Pressure Bar Brace, Reloading Spindle and the Hearth! ALL from those materials!

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried to make Phryction Phyre Sets with the Woods you’re trying to LITE! Can’t wait to make more!



PURPLEHEART (Peltogyne Spp.) has a Janka Hardness Rating of 2,520!!

(For comparison, Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis Thoyoides) OR Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata) (i.e. “Your Cedar (BD) Bow Drill“) are ONLY Janka Hardness Rated: 350…)

Janka hardness test – Wikipedia

This was the 1st time I demonstrated the S.T.E.A.M. possibilities of Phryction PhyreKeeping at this level overseas.

In January of 2020, at the the LES PRIMITIFS Tribe Workshop, we repeated that PURPLEHEART (Peltogyne Spp.) (PD) PUMP Drill with another Set made of PURPLEHEART (Peltogyne Spp.).

ON THE RIGHT: Photos of Les Primitifs and myself doing the PurpleHeart (Peltogyne Spp.) (PD) PUMP Drill.

ON THE RIGHT: Photos of my son and daughter, Jake and Alexa, trying out their old man’s Bamboo FlyWheel (PD) PUMP Drill.



There is a Universe of many other Methods (Basics) waiting for you to Discover and Explore…

   Still VERY busy trying to update my PhyreDojo site and fulfilling Orders while making these VLOGS and Balancing Life in general…

Gambarimasho Yo! (Japanese for “Let’s Keep Going!)

“May everyone around you feel and be safer because you are there.”Joe Lau, RN

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