AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL CULTURE SERIES N0. 2
By Stephen Blake and David M. Welch.ISBN 9780977503513
Published by David M. Welch 2006
102 pages, with 117 illustrations – mostly colour photos, but also drawings and archival black and white photos.
Chapter One deals with ancient fire making by different indigenous people of the world.
Chapter Two describes Australian Aboriginal methods of fire making – the hand drill, and the fire saw using a spearthrower cut across a shield, a boomerang over a shield or split stick, or a piece of wood over the dried cracks in a fallen log.
The remaining chapters describe and illustrate, in precise detail, practical demonstrations of fire making using two sticks: the hand drill, bow drill, fire saw and fire plough. The advantages and disadvantages of each method, pitfalls and troubleshooting advice are given, allowing the reader to achieve these methods.