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Tinder fungi

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glen Vickery Feb 2, 2019. 1 Reply

I noticed a reference to tinder fungi in a post on firecraft and decided a separate discussion could be beneficial.There is a lot of knowledge to be rediscovered about polypores in NZ . I was hoping…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott Hamilton Jan 25, 2011. 1 Reply

 Greetings I was thrilled to stumble upon this website and see that they are so many fellow enthusiasts in this country. There are some great posts already. The video on fatwood twigs is an absolute…Continue


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Natural char materials for flint and steel fire lighting

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 23:55 0 Comments

The skills of lighting a fire with a piece of flint,high carbon steel and char cloth is well documented and widely practiced in bushcraft circles. Generally  the char cloth is made by baking a piece of pure cotton fabric in a low oxygen environment. (in a tin)

Historically materials gathered from the forest were used instead of char cloth. To me, competency at flint steel fire lighting would require the material needed to be gathered from the bush,eg the hard stone and tinder. Most…


Bushcraft instruction in New Zealand

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 22:55 1 Comment


There has been some discussion recently about bushcraft schools in New Zealand.I thought this might be an appropriate time to mention my school

As Ben Jordan stated,the most important thing about a bushcraft school is the background of the instructors

My background is well documented on that website

Basically i have been a teacher and outdoor instructor for many years…


Constructing a Fire Piston

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 23:24 4 Comments



Creating fire by different techniques is fundemental to bushcraft. For years I have been intrigued by the fire piston, but considered the skill to make one was beyond me.


I then watched the video on this bushcraft site of a piston being carved out of wood with a…


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At 21:45 on January 5, 2012,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt

Trying to get a workshop together in otago, check it out

At 3:24 on June 9, 2011,
Be great to get together some time over tea n share some i sights n skills...Smiles, Ij
At 8:35 on May 12, 2011,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt

Wow that piston sounds awesome! Maybe when you get some spare time you could whip up a tutorial style blog post with a couple of pics? I would be keen to give one a go and I'm sure I am not alone!

Everything you need should be under the "blogs" tab up top.


At 22:31 on May 8, 2011,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
Hey mate, tell me more about this manuka fire piston you mentioned in the knife buying post.... any success?
At 19:59 on January 25, 2011,
Ryan Johnson-Hunt
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