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Savage Voyageur
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12/29/2020 08:00PM  
I used a 1/2”x5” ferrocerium rod and turned a handle for it. The handle makes it easier to use and holds a Vaseline coated cotton ball. This fire breathing dragon creates plenty of sparks to start a fire. One strike and you have a flame. The handle is made from a scrap piece of Redwood Lace Burl I had in my shop. I sealed cotton ball end with an old cork.
 
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Grandma L
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12/29/2020 10:14PM  
Wow, pretty snazzy! Thanks for sharing. I would teach you to knit if you teach me how to make one of those!
 
Savage Voyageur
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12/29/2020 10:35PM  
Thanks Grandma L. It’s really pretty easy to make with a lathe.
 
Grandma L
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12/30/2020 12:48PM  
Savage Voyageur: "Thanks Grandma L. It’s really pretty easy to make with a lathe. "
Oh sure, lathe. Haha - me and a lathe - sold my dad's old one years ago. Now my favorite tools are my sewing machines and knitting needles - to each his own. I'll just keep a lighter in my pocket for now.
 
Minnesotian
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12/30/2020 01:20PM  

Hey, that is pretty damn nice. I really like the integration of the cotton ball/tinder into the whole thing. What would it take for you to craft one for me? How big of a block of wood would you need? And I have a rod that I could send your way.
 
TechnoScout
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01/04/2021 07:36AM  
Nice work Savage. I sketched this out in my 3D tool. An easy print for my 3D printer. Though it would only be functionally equivalent, it would completely miss the mark on beauty. Maybe I need to get a lathe...ahhh...yet another hobby!!
 
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