The seminar continues with further musings. I was going to post these all at once, but I figure a series of seasonal / themed postings may make more sense. Given that the samhain fire festival is just around the corner, lets put some ideas out.Samhain:Trees:
Ngetal – Reed ( Cordage making, foraging) Ruis - Elder (Blow-darts, bushcraft bling, drinking straws)Other Symbolism:
The Stone. The Raven. Apples.Festivals:
November 1. New Year, winter begins. All Souls / Hallows / Saints. Halloween
Samonios Samhain "Summer's End"? "Seed-Fall"? October/November
Dumannios Dumhainn "Dark Month"? "The Darkest Depths"? November/December
Transition from Summer to Winter. Preparation for the dark and cold months. Cleansing by fire / Bonfires. Stacking firewood. Carving – pumpkins, turnips & wood. Enjoy autumnal colours. Seed saving. Brewing. Bare-root tree planting.
Samhain coincides (incorporates?) with the ancient Roman festival of Pomona's Day ( Honoring, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees) hence traditions of apple bobbing. As we all know, apples were the Druid’s fruit. And although it’s a wee bit late, this is a good time to learn about apples. Anyone ever made any cider? Fire's fhearr teine beag a gharas na teine mór a loisgeas
("Better a small fire that warms you than a big fire that burns you")
“Playing with fire” is fun. Lighting a fire and using it for warmth, cooking and company allows us to build our energies. And as always, SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. Can you control it? What impact will it have? Do you have an emergency plan? I am always a bit uneasy with campers and bushcrafters who build or use fire near their shelters / tents. Some crazy things include using candles in tents! Or having a blazing fire close to a leaf-mould shelter. Fire Activities
Fire starting. Fire gazing. Cooking. Fire safety. Blacksmithing.
A clip from from a special bloke, Callie ("badged" SF Operator / Chaplain):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9F1gRQ ... ure=relmfu
When all is said and done about fire lighting, nothing beats an el-cheapo lighter. The old rubbing sticks method is arduous and time consuming. Likewise the flint and iron method. In a survival situation you don't want to be messing about. If you need fire for warmth, cooking, light, signalling or protection.... you need it quickly.
Nonetheless, other methods are fun and more primal / authentic / primitive. Here is a fire steel in action. You need a firm working base and proper preparation (tinder, small sticks, bigger sticks etc). Later I'll post some pikkies of a simple (and very effective) "hobo stove".
As you can see, the steel generates some seriously hot / intense sparks. If your tinder is good (fine and dry), a quick fire will get going.
How NOT to do it: http://www.naturalbushcraft.co.uk/forum ... watch-this