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Tonight, I utilised a piece of willow I had harvested about a month back. It really is a strong piece and I figured I’d document the approach of creating the set.

1st, here’s the piece subsequent to my Clipper:
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Subsequent, I split the piece with a single side slightly beefier than the other. The beefy side will turn into the spindle.
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Now I get started to trim down the spindle and get started shaping it into a cylinder shape:
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Right after a handful of minutes, I ended up with this:
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The hearth is not close to as labor intensive as shaping the spindle. I just plane it as evenly as I can without the need of going to also significantly problems. Right here it is half completed:
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And right here is the hearth prepared to commence:
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Carve a blunt point on a single finish of the spindle:
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And carve a vampire killer on the other finish:
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Subsequent, I reduce a tiny divot to accommodate the blunt finish of my spindle:
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Then, I mate the spindle to the hearthboard:
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Subsequent comes the notch. I like to rock my knife back and fourth on the center line to give me a sort of target when I am shaping the notch:
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Now slice a piece of pie 1/8th the size of the notch, or as close as you can:
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Prepared to make an ember:
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Get your tinder bundle prepared. This is a bundle of pine needles gathered from a paved road:
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Right after about 30 seconds, the willow created a big ember:
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Time to add the ember to the bundle:
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Just add O2:
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FIRE! ARRRUUUGGGHHHH!!!!!!
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