FLOWER OF THE MONTH

When your tin­der is wet, light­ing a roar­ing blaze can be­come a near im­pos­si­ble task. The feather stick – na­ture’s own fire­lighter – is a fan­tas­tic so­lu­tion to this fa­mil­iar prob­lem

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Poppy – the flower of re­mem­brance.

You will need: fallen branch, heavy piece of wood, penknife

5. Once you’ve fin­ished carv­ing, be­gin your fire by set­ting light to the whit­tled shav­ings of the feather stick, be­fore adding larger wood to the flames.

4. Choose one of the ridges and cut down along it, stop­ping above the base. Re­peat this cut, work­ing your way around the wood to cre­ate the ‘feath­ers’.

1. Take a fallen branch or length of wood and split it down the mid­dle us­ing a piece of heavy wood to knock your knife down­wards.

2. Split the wood again into quar­ters, us­ing the same tech­nique. Typ­i­cally, the in­ner wood will be sig­nif­i­cantly drier than the ex­te­rior bark.

3. Tilt the point of the blade up­wards and make a shal­low cut from the mid­dle of the wood to just above the base, leav­ing ‘ridges’ on ei­ther side of the cut.

Ex­tract from 50 Things to Do With a Penknife by Matt Collins. Il­lus­tra­tions by Maria Nils­son (Pavil­ion, £9.99).

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