By Daniel Carter Beard
This is often our fourth "handy e-book" by way of Dan Beard, the founding father of the yank Scouting flow, who believed that having boys construct issues with their palms was once not just a detriment to creating mischief, but additionally the foundation for development nice lives. during this trust, Beard used to be indefatigable, and each Scout worthy his advantage badge used to be anticipated to learn his vintage tract on camp-lore and woodcraft, which incorporated directions on how you can construct a superb hearth, prepare dinner venison, organize for a tenting journey, and use an awl and a observed.
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Some spunks made as late as 1830 are considered enough to be carefully preserved in the York Museum England (Fig. 3Z%). The ones illustrated in Fig. 32 are a Long Island product, and were given to the author by the late John Halleran, the most noted antique collector on Long rare in Island. These are carefully preserved among the antiquities But they are less than half the length in the writer's studio. of the ones formerly used on the Western Reserve. \Yith the ancient matches in the studio are also two old pioneer The tinder boxes are tinder boxes with flints and steels.
The three sticks having been cut from the centre of a pine log, are dry and maybe resinous, so all that is necessary to start the flame is to touch a match to the bottom of the curled shavings (Fig. 38). Before they do this, however, they are careful to have a supply of small slivers of pitch pine, white pine or split pine knots handy (Fig. 36). These they set up around the shaved sticks, maybe adding some hemlock bark, and by the time ablaze they are already putting on larger sticks of black ash, birch, yellow birch, sugar maple or oak.
FIRE MAKING BY PERCUSSION 29 SULPHUR HEADED SPUNKS AND MATCHES These old sulphur "spunks" were nothing more than kindling wood or tinder, because they would not ignite by rubbing but were lighted by put ling the sulphur end hi the (la 11 R. According to our modern ideas of convenience they appear very primitive. land and "matches" in They were called "spunks" in EngAmerica, and varied in length from three to seven niches, were generally packed in bundles from a dozen to two dozen and tied together with bits of straw.