I am testing this little Salamander Firesteel by Andy at Feather Forge. Andy kindly offered this prototype as a hand around tester through Bushcraft UK Forum. It has been travelling around the country from person to person, in theory stopping with each for 4 days at a time although this seems to have been abused a bit as it should have been back with Andy by last Christmas! It arrived with me yesterday.
Its a great little gadget for firestarting, a quick strike of the steel on flint results in a strong spark that will take to anything such as the bushcrafters favourites like charcloth or ‘King Alfreds Cakes’ otherwise known as coal fungus (Daldinia concentrica).
The firesteel has a very useful blade that I think would be good for skinning. The Salamanders shape means it fits nicely in the hand and makes the blade easy to control.
Now I just need to talk Andy into letting me buy one of these off him, in fact I’d like to buy lots and offer them to people staying at The Exmoor Centre.
One hazard of Shedworking is Tigger. He just can’t seem to understand that stomping on my F keys is not acceptable behaviour and plays merry hell with Autocad. 14years I have been trying to stop him from stomping on keyboards!
A few iPhone pictures from the evening dog walk on the Exmoor coast at The Valley of Rocks, Lynton
looking east up the Bristol Channel
Looking west down the Bristol Channel
After many months waiting for consents and conditions to be aligned I had a pleasant morning doing a recce run deep into the heart of Exmoor with Neil and Christel from Experience Exmoor. They will be helping us transport guests of The Friends of Hoaroak Cottage to Hoaroak Cottage as part of the Voices of Hoaroak Project we are working on. The guests are quite elderly but have valuable memories of the cottage and the people who lived there. We are hoping visiting the cottage will bring more memories to the fore.
The cottage is completely cut off from the world, to get there is an offroad adventure driving over open moorland with little more than a sheeptrack marking the way. Obviously taking vehicles over open moorland is very sensitive and we needed consent from the land management company on the day we were intending to travel. We also undertook to assess the conditions as we went to be sure we minimised any environmental damage. We took my Land Rover 110 to inspect the ground conditions and take a view on the logistics of taking Experience Exmoor’s Discovery 4 next time.
After a couple of weeks with no rain the moor was very dry and we had no problems getting to the cottage as the photographs show. Only one section of the drive could present a problem for the Discovery on less aggressive tyres and we can overcome that by winching it up the vulnerable grassy slope.