Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Starting Fires 2 (sparks!)
Re: Starting Fires 2 (sparks!)
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 19:33:36 +0100
Kevin Woods querried:
>They provided us with wood shavings and the kits had a horse hair kind of
>material. Will dryer lint work? Other suggestions?
You can make "char cloth" by putting some cotton cloth in a BandAid can and
heating it until it is "charred". This works well.
My favorite, however, is the method employed by the Firebuilders in the
Tribe of Micosay. They use cedar tree bark "strings" rubbed and nestled in
a rat's nest of frayed sisal rope. Once the spark is caught in the cedar,
they hold the rat's nest cradled in their cupped hands and gently blow on
it. The smokes billows out voluminously and just as the whole nest bursts
into flame, the Firebuilder delivers it to the waiting tinder in the
firelay! The tribe uses four firebuilders who are in "contest" at each
council fire. The Firebuilder who strikes the first flame is publicly
acknowledged by having his tribal name announced by the Shaman or Keeper of
the Sacred Bundle to the assembled tribesmen. It's a real nice thing.
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
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