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I figure, since we have plenty of knowledgeable people here, why not utilize them? Whether you are new or an old timer in bushcraft, I'm sure there is a question that you have.

This will be a safe place to ask questions, none too big, too small. None too "obvious" --as something plain as day to an old timer may be new and foreign to a newbie!

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My question goes as such: I have heard that if a vine is to contain water, it will be potable, even if it does not taste well. I have read, or heard, too, that even if the vine is poisonous to eat, the water is still good. Is this true? I have not consumed water from a vine because I'm uncertain.
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Does Mountain Lions prefeer British or Norwegians for dinner?
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I have a question. I've practiced making and using a fire drill/bow and board. Sometimes with great success and other times complete failure. I've always started with very dry wood but it's not obvious to me what hardness of woods to use for my spindle or fireboard.

What are the qualities to look for in your woods that you use to make the fireboard and the spindle/drill?
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I have a question. I've practiced making and using a fire drill/bow and board. Sometimes with great success and other times complete failure. I've always started with very dry wood but it's not obvious to me what hardness of woods to use for my spindle or fireboard.

What are the qualities to look for in your woods that you use to make the fireboard and the spindle/drill?
BOW DRILL
Bow: should allow for full swing of the arm. Rotation/friction factor must be taken into consideration only slight curve in bow.

Spindle: Upper end should be pointed to created the smallest friction surface. Tip should be fairly flat. Hollowed center to eliminate dead zone (the end that’s going to touch the fire board, not the pointy end). Keep lubricated on top. Drill should be straight as possible.

Fire Board: Hole should burn in far enough from edge of board to keep drill from breaking out. Board can’t be too thin or thick otherwise no ignition will occur. Have more tahn one hole prepared for back up. Should be made of soft wood. Cedar works excellent for all parts of the bow drill.

Hand Hold : type of material wood should be hard and polish easily (hickory, osage, orange, serviceberry, and oak) Should fit properly and comfortably. Bone and antler also work well. Hole should be deep enough to keep drill from popping out.

here's the link to some more of my basic survival notes http://rucksacknation.wordpress.com/survival/

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... Should be made of soft wood. Cedar works excellent for all parts of the bow drill.
OK so soft woods for spindle and board and loose the tip on the end of the spindle that's in contact with the board.

I can see how no tip could help increase friction.
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Does Mountain Lions prefeer British or Norwegians for dinner?
Will you be in the woods with those guys? If so, you only have to run faster than the chubby one.
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A seashell works well for a hand hold too. Very polished, and ergonomic. I keep a hand sized clam shell or two in my pack.
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A seashell works well for a hand hold too. Very polished, and ergonomic. I keep a hand sized clam shell or two in my pack.
I've used a seashell before and they do work well!
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What are the qualities to look for in your woods that you use to make the fireboard and the spindle/drill?
Generally I look for specific woods. Cedar, Willow, Poplar, Spruce, Sassafrass etc. So I look for these trees. Now if you are asking for a "General test"... If I can press my finer-nail into it, and it leaves an indentation it good for a fireboard (note: this is general, not for everycase).

And although woods help, technique is more important. Some woods require more speed or more pressure.
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so this kind of is/isnt a bushcraft question.
i picked up a mil surp wool blanket for one of my kits and it smelt horrbily of moth balls and old mil surp stuff. i washed it and it seems like it made it worse and now my freaking wash room smells like it too. wtfx?
anyone have this problem before
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OK so soft woods for spindle and board and loose the tip on the end of the spindle that's in contact with the board.

I can see how no tip could help increase friction.
Yea! There ya' go!

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A seashell works well for a hand hold too. Very polished, and ergonomic. I keep a hand sized clam shell or two in my pack.
Yea, perfect. And for practice or just to carry with you, a less natural alternative is a shot glass.
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so this kind of is/isnt a bushcraft question.
i picked up a mil surp wool blanket for one of my kits and it smelt horrbily of moth balls and old mil surp stuff. i washed it and it seems like it made it worse and now my freaking wash room smells like it too. wtfx?
anyone have this problem before
Lay it out in the direct sunlight for 3-5 days (depending on how bad the smell is). Do alternate sides and take it in before nighttime. The sunlight should breakdown the scents.

If that doesn't work, hand wash it in a basin of water and a cup of baking soda. Then air dry it in the sunlight again.
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Whichever is slower
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OK so soft woods for spindle and board and loose the tip on the end of the spindle that's in contact with the board.

I can see how no tip could help increase friction.
I use hardwood for the block and softwood for the drill.
works well the otherway around as well.

I put the drill hole 1 1/2 the width of drill from the edge, notch from drill hole to outside of block.
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Us Norwegians would be their first choice Gullars, why eat fish & chips when you can have lutefisk?
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you can increase friction on the fireboard part of the firebow by adding a few grains of sand.
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I've always heard that the palmetto plant which thrives in swampy areas was good for many things.
So what part of the palmetto plant is used and for what purposes?
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This may be a stupid question, but I have always wondered what you are supposed to use to wipe with if you don't have tp. I heard leaves, but what if there aren't any leaves? What if there isn't any water to wash your hands with either? Is mud butt something that is a given in bushcraft?
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I've always heard that the palmetto plant which thrives in swampy areas was good for many things.
So what part of the palmetto plant is used and for what purposes?
Depends on the species. Some are edible. Saw palmetto for example. Other than that the frawns can be used as roofing or cordage. Saw palmetto has edible parts in the plant and berries. You can weave baskets with it, collect rain and a lot of other things.

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This may be a stupid question, but I have always wondered what you are supposed to use to wipe with if you don't have tp. I heard leaves, but what if there aren't any leaves? What if there isn't any water to wash your hands with either? Is mud butt something that is a given in bushcraft?
When you are talking bush-craft... well you are in or near bushes so there will normally always be leaves. If you are in an area without leaves or water, then you would most likely be in the desert or the arctic. For these environments, I would grab a handfull of snow or sand and rub away.

Other things that have been used in the past are wooden flat spoons (to scrape), frayed rope, skins/fur, sticks (again to scrape), your left hand if there is water to wash, dirt, sand, snow, paper and all sorts of things.
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