Yes Pukka, we have a wildfire here that will catch a spark without charring, but all plant & fungus tinders are proper touchwood/wildfire.If you can find the proper touchwood, (a fungus)it will hold a spark without charring.
Here we have more horeshoe fungus than proper stuff, so of course char that.
For a matchlock, this can be used without charring. (Not that this is pertinent to this thread!)
The original name Johnny was candlewood, it is a kindling, not a tinder although since the production of the Ferocerium Rod which is manufactured flint, that is called steel by those that don't know any better, then what was once & still is to traditional people kindling is now known as tinder. You can't light kindling with a REAL flint, steel & tinderbox. This changing of materials & names has become very confusing for newbies, & at times is confusing for traditional fire masters but I guess we are getting used to it now & know that when someone says they can light candlewood with a flint & steel, we know they are using a ferocerium rod.Up here is the great wet pacific north woods they have stuff called fatwood. I have a 6 inch by 1 inch stick tired to my bag always.
Different to tender you have to keep dry. Fatwood works even when wet. Not as well as when dry, put in a pinch you have it.
You Tube is the place to learn all about it.
I like to use original terms as much as possible, with modern gadgets & new term it can get confusing. Char is a term used when you char something in the fire so it is charred. Tow rag was charred in homes to make tinder, so charring plant & fungus does the same thing. So what I have in my tinderbox is charred punkwood (also known as spunge, touchwood & wildfire) & charred fungus charred directly in the fire & smothered in my tinderbox. This was one of the original methods of preparing plants, fungus & tow rag as tinder.Le Loup, Great video! I use charred punkwood, which I char in a tin like you mentioned. You call the material in your tinder box "tinder"? is it Charred? or is it naturally like that? I really liked your method of leaving the "Char" in the can for reuse! I usually take a piece out and wrap it in my "birds nest" but then its lost.
Thanks for sharing!!
That is the way it was done originally jrm.Well La Loup, I found another video you did on making the tinder in the fire without the little tin oven. Thanks!! I'll have to try it!!
You might enjoy this, Keith. Excuse the long title, they talked funny in those days.That is the way it was done originally jrm.
Many thanks Spence, very much appreciated. The first quote would be about Amadou, & I did know that Gunners used cloth, but it is great to find another documented quote. Well done mate.You might enjoy this, Keith. Excuse the long title, they talked funny in those days.
Tartaglia, Niccoláo, d. 1557.
Three bookes of colloquies concerning the arte of shooting in great and small peeces of artillerie, variable randges, measure, and waight of leaden, yron, and marble stone pellets, minerall saltepeeter, gunpowder of diuers sortes, and the cause why some sortes of gunpower are corned, and some sortes of gunpowder are not corned: written in Italian, and dedicated by Nicholas Tartaglia vnto the Royall Prince of most famous memorie Henrie the eight, late King of England, Fraunce, and Ireland, defender of the faith &c. And now translated into English by Cyprian Lucar Gent. who hath also augmented the volume of the saide colloquies with the contents of euery colloquie, and with all the corollaries and tables, that are in the same volume. Also the said Cyprian Lucar hath annexed vnto the same three books of colloquies a treatise named Lucar Appendix …
The 20 Chapter. [of the Appendix]
"To make touchwood and tinder for a Gunners Tinder boxe
"Take those great things which are called olde Todestooles growing at the bottoms of nut trees, beechtrees, okes, and such other like trees, drye them with the smoke of fire, & cut them into so many peeces as you will, and having well beaten them, boyle them in strong lie with waule floure, or saltpeeter, till all the lie shall be consumed.
"After this laying them in a heape uppon a boorde, drie them in an oven which must not be made verie hotte, and after you have so done, beate them well with a wooden mallet, and when you shall have cause to use any parte of those Todestooles (now by the meanes above declared made touchwood) rubbe well that parte betweene your handes for to make it sofe and apte to take fire. But when you will make tinder for a Gunners tinder boxe, take pieces of fustian, or of olde and fine linnen clothe, make them to burn and flame in a fire, & suddenly before the flame which is in the cloth die, choke their fire, & keep their tinder so made in a box lined with clothe, to the end it may not be moyste at any time."
I already have it Spence, but I appreciate you thinking of me.Keith, are you interested in a report on the scholarly analysis of the fire making kit of Ötzi, aka The Ice Man, the 5,000-year-old copper age man found in the Italian alps?