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Making a Feather Sticks for Fire Lighting - Bushcraft Basics

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Today we look at making a Feather Stick for fire lighting. Feather sticks help us in numerous ways; if your a little low on tinder making a feather-sticks allows you to turn what would otherwise be larger fuel into a tinder allowing you to start your fire. It's also a handy skill to know if it has been raining a lot and a lot of the dead wood is wet (on the outside) feathersticking allows you to access the dry inner wood and can provide the tinder, kindling & fuel to get your fire started. It is a skill worth practicing and can be enjoyable to do.
Comments (7)
7 Thursday, 27 June 2013 21:45
Ollie Hornbeam
Brillant demonstation of how to make a feather stick. Thanks for presenting it so well and sharing such a clever way of finding dry wood to start a fire even if you live through one of the wettest UK summers for 100 years. Much gratitude for all of those involved on this website and sharing you knowledge and experience :)
6 Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:27
Brilliant video mate a great help to the beginer like me
5 Sunday, 18 September 2011 21:03
Thanks again chief, :)
4 Tuesday, 15 February 2011 15:34
Steve Marvell
Love this video, it's really complete and tight. I've been recommending it to students as a source of post course revision.
3 Wednesday, 17 November 2010 00:39
Charles P Speakman
Great video
2 Monday, 26 July 2010 01:22
cathy sutton
Yes, I'll second that, what type of wood did you use?

Also, what exactly did you use to create the spark that started the fire?

1 Thursday, 15 July 2010 14:06
Bernhard Hofmann
Yee-Haa! Justin ;)

This is great advice and good demonstration. What wood were you using? How dry was it?

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