A friday wander with F&S

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  1. roadend

    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    I had an afternoon free and decided to head to the woods for some flint and steel practice.

    I try to get off trail as quick as I can to avoid people. In this case I have to use the trail for about a quarter mile. The trail in, a mix of hiking and mountain biking.
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    A lot of flora in bloom and not so much.
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    Chicory?

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    Tall Coreopsis

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  2. roadend

    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    A tarp was not required but it is always good to practice setting up. Camp for the day.
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    Now onto what I really wanted to accomplish today, fire by flint and steel. Some prep was needed first. I brought along a saw and cut some logs for splitting. I started the split with a knife and then used a wood wedge to split completely.
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    Made a pile of shavings.
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    My flint and steel kit.
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    Ignition
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    It quickly lit some teased jute twine I made. I placed pencil sized twigs, the shavings and some birch bark on the flames.
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    Success
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  3. roadend

    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    It was pretty hot so I spent the rest of my time relaxing. Tools of the day. F&S from @Michael Presnell and my first SET from @Sargent
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    Every Friday should be like this.
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    Thanks for coming along.
     
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    Teeps Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Looks great mate!
     
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    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Nicely done and I agree, every day should be like that!
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Oh yes! I need a day like that! :)

    Well done. Thanks for bringing us along and sharing your pics with us. :)
     
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    GreenFrog In the Forest Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass III

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    nice outing
     
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    Very enjoyable read.

    I would never have the courage to attempt a fire that way. Maybe if I had a bunch of dryer lint...

    Thanks again
     
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    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Nice day out brother. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    Don't think to deeply about it. No courage to attempt. Nothing to lose either. You need only a striker, flint and char cloth. I lit that fire with a four inch piece of jute twine teased into a tiny birds nest.
     
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    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Nice! How do you like making fire that way?
     
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    roadend Wandering Where I Can Supporter

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    It is fun and seems addicting. I have wanted to try flint and steel for awhile but lacked flint and a striker. There is another thread about making strikers from old files. If I knew about that years ago I would have tried a long time ago. The other problem is flint is not natural in area of operation. The kit I bought included some and @Teeps sent probably a lifetime supply from the Christmas in July Wishlist thread. Another thread mentioned buying flint online at http://www.neolithics.com/flakes-1/ I also enjoy making charcloth. Just need a tin and some old cotton. Sometimes its comes out good other times it is just ash. Maybe one day I will be half as good as @NWPrimate at F&S, not needing charcloth and using natural materials. He seems to be the "man" for F&S. Anyone looking into F&S should check out the flint and steel Fridays thread. Tons of information all over this site.
     
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    I don't have flint be me either, but I do have small rocks of chert I find on Lake Superior's shore. Usually they are too small to be effective once I break a sharp edge to strike the steel on. The best naturally found "rock" in my area for use to spark steel is quarts. See if you can find some in your area. Any really hard rock with a jagged or sharp edges will work.

    Carry your striker around in your pocket while on walks and hikes and test any rocks you find along the way. Roadsides in my area always yield lots of good quartz rocks that are just the size for striking.
     
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