Fire sticks

With my dome hut completed I needed to make fire. The easiest method I know is using fire sticks due to their simplicity of construction. A soft wood spindle and baseboard were made of a fast growing soft wood and dried in the sun. Candle nut leaves were used as tinder and a stone flake was used to carve holes in the wood. The spindle was spun between the palms of the hand while the end was in a socket in the base board. The friction caused hot wood powder to fall out of the hole onto a pile of tinder where it ignited.

Having made fire I then made a small pot and fired it in the fire pit inside the hut as an experiment. The results showed that soil from the hut site was able to be used to make pottery.

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