(B) Feather Sticks and Shavings

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  1. PAcanis

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    I have a question on terminology.
    I just came upon this thread and I admit I don't understand the class concept, but after reading the first post I have a question.
    Why is the one on the left considered a feather stick?

    I thought a feather stick needed the stick attached. Don't the feathers help ignite the stick they are attached to? I obviously don't know what a feather stick is, but my limited knowledge is based on what I see others calling a feather stick. If I had four or five of those (on the left) I'd call it a bird's nest, so my understanding of bird's nest must be off, too. Or is a bird's nest finer material like grasses? Maybe there is some overlap, or it's subjective?
    Can someone help out a newb?
    And explain what the "class" is all about?
     
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    They are connected, I consider that a feather stick. If other people want to call it something else, that is cool with me. I certainly wont argue about it. part 2 of your question can be answered here

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/read-this-before-starting.27539/
     
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    I see. As long as the shavings are connected it's a feather stick. Thanks.
    I've never seen them without the larger piece of wood they were being shaved on attached.

    Thanks for the link to the Bushclass forum. I wondered where these class threads were coming from.
     
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    Thanks for setting this up IA, can't wait to start this! It's been raining like hell the last 3 days, hopefully get some nice weather this weekend
     
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    Is it best to work with fresh wood or super dry? Thanks
     
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    Dry
     
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    I didn't take a photo of my pile, but here are some feather sticks i've made. This is probably my favorite thing to do while sitting around camp.
    IMG_20170225_094255424_HDR.jpg IMG_20170225_100504846_HDR.jpg IMG_20170225_094255424_HDR.jpg IMG_20170225_100504846_HDR.jpg IMG_20170225_100511396.jpg
     
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    After completing mine I realized I might not be clear ...

    Are we supposed to make feathersticks AND shavings, or feathersticks OR shavings?
     
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    A Hat full of shavings is required
     
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    Great! Thanks.
     
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    20F1AFA0-BA8A-401E-BBFD-75B3AAA36627.jpeg I think I’m ready to start a fire, but it sure is difficult here in coastal Washington!

    Curious how to get a bunch of feathers on the end of a stick.. practice more?? Input appreciated...
     
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    Heres mine. IMG_20180422_182347.jpg
     
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    Oh my did I forget how boring making fir sticks was... flash back to boy scouts. The shavings are plentiful and the fir stick is flammable.
    I don’t usually start fires this way but do remember it as an option. That said, ‘‘tis done and I could start a fire with this.
     

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    Will have to give this a go....did this 50+ years ago as a scout, but not since then.
     
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    post results here for qualification, or somewhere else?
     
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    I am new so I am going through this in a slow pace. I saw some shavings in that pile you shown. Does it have to be just feather sticks or shavings to?
     
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    Paging @IA Woodsman for a clarification on Issac Cotton question.
     
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    Either is fine.
     
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