(A) Build 5 One Stick Fires

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  1. IA Woodsman

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    For this lesson you will be building 5 one stick fires. Each fire must be a different species and must be knee high. You can use any tool to prep your wood. The ignition source will be a firesteel. Remember all prep including tinder must come from the one stick.

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    Heck yeah! Now is the time on sprockets when we dance!
     
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    Nice SNL reference.
     
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    I promise to do all my OSFs dressed in all black and skinny pants. :13: Seriously, really excited to see these lessons popping up now thank you so much.
     
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    Awesome. The first time I ever did one of these was at the first Hardwoodsman's Meet. This is great. Thanks again!
     
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    so if the stick you choose to make the fire with has birch bark on it, is it allowed to use the bark as tinder? or does that not count?
     
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    Looks Like We are Stepping it up a Notch Brother :dblthumb:
     
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    Sure,If it on the stick.
     
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    just 5? I thought this was advanced :D (and 5 overnighters, is there a pattern starting to emerge? haha)
     
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    In my case, the 2011 HW meet was the first time I ever saw this done! I remember you, Lerch, Sgt. Mac, Ranger Joe, KGD and maybe 15 other guys working away on a patch of ground that was so wet it "squished" with every step. I just watched.

    While I had been building fires for almost 50 years, I had never considered getting tinder, kindling, and fuel from the same piece of wood. Out on the farm during wet times, we'd always had a wood shed to keep dry wood, and a bucket of kindling, which was usually made by splitting up old boards and cedar shingles. We always used matches and sheets of newpaper to get things going.

    When I headed for the woods, I always carried the first few stages of fire prep with me; but watching you guys was an eye-opener! I really didn't have much confidence in seeing any fires, because you all had picked up your one stick in the saturated woods a few minutes before.

    You guys were all going to build fires using just a knife and one of those "spark rods?"... No way!

    Scrapings, shavings, pencil lead, pencils...soon Ranger Joe had a tiny flame, then a bigger one. One by one, fires broke out all over the camp! Not everyone was as fast as the slender Canadian, but all were sure. Guys who had completed their fires came to encourage those still working. Each new blaze brought a cheer!

    Bushcraft USA is a remarkable organization; I am proud to be a part of it! Hopefully, Sgt. Mac will approve my recent elective post and my application for Intermediate certification, so I can get started on my first of five one-stick fires!
     
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    Although I'm not working toward an Advanced Bushclass degree just yet I decided to build a one-stick fire last week while out on a walk with my gal and a friend (they humor me while I practice this stuff and enjoy offering armchair advice from the peanut gallery). I was quite surprised at just how easily the inner shavings took to only one or two throws from the ferrocerium rod. I've always relied on keeping a few tinder tabs in my daypack and backpacking packs to be on the safe side but knowing a fire can be built from a single stick with only 10 or 15 minutes of prep time is some pretty dang comforting knowledge.
     
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    Swedish candle would work for this would it not?
     
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    This is a really good one....I admit, I am struggling. Thanks for the challenge!
     
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