Well VIVI it sounds to me like you might have had some of them old Southern Baptist school teachers like I had when I was a kid I wish I had a $5 bill for every whipping I got from them But them ol' Ladies made you learn it the hard wayvivi wrote: ↑Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:18 pmIn general, knowing how to do things the old / hard way is good knowledge to have. Modern conveniences are great and I use them every day, but its good to not depend on them.JD Spydo wrote: ↑Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:13 amHey it never hurts to know about materials that ignite easily. That is part and parcel of fire starting skills and thus will make the chore a whole lot easier. And yes if had my choice I would also take the "easier" way out>> who wouldn't? But my whole thrust of this thread is to learn new skills and the hardware involved.vivi wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:57 pmI've gotten lazy. I've found over 25lb of fatwood locally over the past few years and haven't even gone through half of it. I split a few chunks off with my knife and light them with a bic.
I can do friction fires and spark fatwood shavings with ferro rods, but I figure why work harder than I have to.
If anyone here wants to try a chunk of fatwood I could mail them some.
I've heard of this "fatwood" you're talking about and I think I might have something similar up here in Missouri. We have a species of pine that grows in parts of the Ozarks Mountains that we use to start fires with. I've heard it called "Short Leaf Pine" but I'm not 100% sure that is the textbook name for it. But you can take splinters and shreds of this wood and literally light it with no more than a wood match.
Having the right tinder is a big, big help and if any of you want to compile a list of ideal materials that can be used as easily ignitable tinder that would be cool.
Learning these things gives one a greater appreciation of how life was lived in years gone by.
But your point is spot on because I don't know any young people under age 25 that can do math without a calculator. Nor can they cook on a conventional stove, nor can they change oil in their car, Nor can they do their laundry without mom helping them>> I could go on and on but you get my drift
It's going to be people who know how to do things manually and doing them the hard way that will have any chance of real survival when "push comes to shove". As addicted to cell phones and computer games as many of those younger people are it's as though there is an intentional "Dumbing Down" of our society by design.