We went out for the day to have a simple time trying out a few things that we have been meaning to try..so firstly the woodsmans friend was fire which we lit with amadou and ferns
he'll huff and he'll puff
doesn't take long to get good smoke
and our good friend prometheus smiles upon us!
Thinking about what Keith had been saying about bracket fungus tinder I picked a birch polypore and charred it in the fire hoping to get another string to our flint and steel bow
It was smouldering so well I had to put it in my tin cup and bury it to starve it of oxygen, so I had high hopes that this would work
However no matter how many sparks we dropped on it from flint and steel and as a last resort even from the ferro rod it would not catch, we put it back to flame in the fire and it caught right away
so we simply left it to see how long it would smoulder for
This little fungus smouldered for just over an hour and very hotly too I might add, I broke a little piece off and blew cleavers to flame with it, so it's got potential especially as an extender or as a method to carry fire but as for it catching a spark I think we need more experimentation with this and other bracket fungi.