In this video we show one of the most incredible resources for firemaking. It is typically referred to as an evergreen tree. Mostl often this refers to trees such as a cedar, spruce or pine. In this video we are discussing the characteristics of the spruce tree. It has similar characteristics to the wonderfully useful red cedar.
These are great resources even when it is raining. You can collect the bark and scrape it with a knife or crush it and roll it with your hands. This will help to create a tinder bundle (See the link to making a tinder bundle here). As you can see in the video, it is incredibly easy to even ignite material that has not been prepped with a lighter. This is why we include a lighter in our kit.
If that is not availabe you can usually make a most of a bow drill set-up from a cedar tree (which reminds me I need to make a video of me doing just that). The spindle, fireboard, and bow can me made out of cedar wood, and the string can be made out of cedar rootlets. Again, cedar is an incredible resource isn’t it?
We have one more in this series, that should be done editing soon and it will discuss how to use bark from a dead tree. For informational purposes, all of the videos in this series were shot within a 30 meter radius of one another. I say that to illustrate how easy it is to find firewood materials if you know how to look for them. You do not have to expend a tremendous amount of energy searching and collecting firewood.
Until next time, I hope to see you on, or off the trail.