I do have some mockernut hickory nearby, thanks for the suggestion. I agree that I will need a lot more...I've got to be able to dry out the rest of the wood once the shavings start, and I didn't have enough the first time. So far the only thing that has caught on fire has been a small bit of the scrapings, and a few feathers, and that has been after gnawing off quite a bit of ferro rod. Thanks for the encouragement. One of the reasons I post these learning experiences is to give a bit of accountability to go one more time.