Re: Campfire Pyrotechnics (fwd)
Don Izard (dizard@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 17:11:03 -0500
Years ago, in the dim ages, I tried some various flaming arrows.
First we tried a wire, with two eye hooks on the arrow, and on
flat ground. First time the arrow stopped about 4 feet short.
Next time we found a site where the arrowman stood at a point
elevated on a hill behind the fire. I was cool to see the
flame lite up the arrowman, and then he short the arrow.
Since the arrow was traveling somewhat DOWN the wire, it
reached the fire and worked well for years.
former chief, and Meteu
> James Ball wrote:
> > sources for dramatic starts (ie. flaming arrow),
> James,I don't know about the flashy fire stuff (I'm sure someone here
> does), but I do have to relate one experience.
> When I was a Cubmaster, we had an assistand CM decide to light a
> campfire at the family campout with a flaming arrow. It was (obviously)
> dark out, all the Cubs and families gathered in a large circle far from
> the fire. He & I dressed the part as best we could (OA would have been
> appalled), and after I finished my spiel about bringing in the spirits
> to light our fire, he ignited the arrow (kerosene soaked rag on the end)
> and nocked it to aim at the base of the woodpile. What he and I had not
> forseen was that as soon as he looked down the length of that arrow, he
> couldn't see squat. The flame on the end precluded any vision whatsoever
> of the woodpile, the sky, the ground, or the Cubscouts. He slowly walked
> in the direction of the fire holding the bow and arrow at the ready
> until he was confident that he would not hit a kid.
> He ended up shooting from about three feet.
> So much for drama.
> But five years later, he still talks about the sense of abject fear he
> got when he got his arrow at the ready and was blinded by the flame. And
> WE still talk about how silly he looked walking up to the fire to shoot
> that arrow point blank. :-)
> Whatever you decide, be careful.
> Doug Roach
> SA Troop 10 - South Florida Council - Miami
> http://www.action-net.net/T10 (ya'll come visit)
> "You should never stand in Love's way....
> especially if Love is driving a bus."
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