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Old 09-03-2010, 08:13 PM   #71
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He neglected to mention, he was wearing the BDUs when he charred them, and he did it burning a hut while rescuing USO Playboy Bunnies.

But the picture shows the key element, have your materials in one place. Trying to do this stuff, while taking pictures, challenging.

Well done, Jack!

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I believe Jack just looked at it and spontaneously combusted out of fear.

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Yeah, I should have included a separate activity for Jack. From now on he should just start each assignment with his hands and feet bound, in a tank full of piranhas lined with half a ton of C4 with a 30 second timer.

Thanks again to all for the pics and the effort! The second part of the firecraft lesson is comming very soon, it will be a bit more challenging but fun.

Those who're just getting started, don't worry. After we go through a third or perhaps half the course we'll list all the "homework" assigned so far and give people a few days to catch up if needed.

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Jeez, Jack. It looks like you took the time to "whittle" a bowl out of stone before getting started.

Thanks for making me feel like a loser. I don't even have my char cloth ready yet.

Let me guess, you made your char cloth by putting on some old BDU's and rolling around in a campfire until they were "just right"?
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Thanks again to all for the pics and the effort! The second part of the firecraft lesson is comming very soon, it will be a bit more challenging but fun.

Those who're just getting started, don't worry. After we go through a third or perhaps half the course we'll list all the "homework" assigned so far and give people a few days to catch up if needed.
The goal is not to have a ton of washouts. We want everyone to learn these all important skills. Not to worry everyone. I still have a couple of blades to get out this weekend.

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I made a fire today using a fire plow.
I also made vaseline cotton balls.
I then tried to hollow out a log into a cup.
This resulted in my pants ah blaze.

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I made a fire today using a fire plow.
I also made vaseline cotton balls.
I then tried to hollow out a log into a cup.
This resulted in my pants ah blaze.
That last line cracked me up!
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I finally had the time to try and make fire today. Seemed to be an easy thing to do until I got started. Three tries before I got the char cloth right, more than a few rocks until I found one that would make a decent spark. I thought I had this in hand, gathered up some dry grass and some dry ponderosa pine needles, put my char cloth in place (have to admit it looks like what Gello would have for dinner). The hard part was getting the spark to hit the char cloth. The first time it did I promptly blew out the ember in my excitement. I can’t imagine how difficult this could be under stressful circumstances. Clearly fire steel or a couple of lighters are essential to make survival easier. Here are my pictures of first class; I give myself a C- as I would have had a much harder time doing this for real instead of doing it in my back yard.

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Fire + ten.........

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I give myself a C- as I would have had a much harder time doing this for real instead of doing it in my back yard.
Everybody needs to do it a few times in their back yard before mastering the technique. It's something that you're not used to and it isn't easy.

When it comes to bushcraft skills, sometimes it's better to fail a few times. It forces you to learn how to deal with different obstacles and overcome them. The important thing is to keep trying, and to do your best to enjoy the journey.

You're being too hard on yourself, mate. From where I'm standing you did great.

Oh, by the way, I just posted the second lesson. Friction fire... now that's going to be fun.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f12/firecraft-2-ftf-bushcraft-school-lesson-2-a-31389/#post345271
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