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    Default Fomes Fomentarius Tinder Production

    There are a few ways of manufacturing tinder (amadou) from the Fomes Fomentarius this is but one. Many would-be alchemists will add in all sorts of things, urine, saltpetre etc try this yourself as it's all about experimentation.



    You will find this hoof fungi growing on birch.





    Once gathered you need to strip out the layer between the outer case and the woody pores, the remains can be added to the fire so as not to waste it.





    Add in some hardwood ash and boil up for around 24 hours on the camp fire. You then can get on with other projects.





    This is what you will end up with.





    Place on log and flatten with wooden baton.





    Flattened out trama layer.





    It will then resemble slithers of jerky beef. Leave to dry.





    Once dry it resembles chamois leather.





    Fluff up surface with flint.





    Strike with steel in a downward direction with the tinder on top of the flint.





    You now have a smouldering ember for the production of fire.


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    great tutorial, with good pics too. I might give this a try as I have some Fomes to play with.

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    Excellent, Patrick, and thank you. That is exactly what was needed.

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    Fantastic set of piccz and a great help all round,
    many thanks my frieind, I shall go and set forth my attempt.......
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    he's gone and done it again another great post , nice tutorial Patrick thank you

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    Wonderful stuff.Thankyou.
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    great post
    just wanted to clarify...do you keep it on the boil for 24 hrs?
    also, where did you get your flint and steel? the only flint i've managed to find in scotland, so far, are tiny bits in gravel driveways.

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    nicley done Patrick
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    Now, you see, I tried this before, but I didn't put wood ash into the water. How much do you put in? The stuff I made will not take a spark from a flint and steel, but the fire stick gets it going.

    I've seen loads of FF around here aswell, so I may go and collect one or two specimens for my next trip out.

    Cheers for the tutorial!

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    Patrick thanks, thats great....I'll be giving this a try!

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    Is there a right time to harvest the fungi?

    I have tried this and its not worked out for me how I hoped.

    I wonder if you can help?

    Once I boiled it for 24hrs the fungi appeared spongy, as soon as i started to pound it, it just broke up into tiny pieces. Evidently I have not done something correct...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearofbritain View Post
    Is there a right time to harvest the fungi?

    I have tried this and its not worked out for me how I hoped.

    I wonder if you can help?

    Once I boiled it for 24hrs the fungi appeared spongy, as soon as i started to pound it, it just broke up into tiny pieces. Evidently I have not done something correct...?
    Dont boil the fungus just put it in hot water and ash solution and leave it over night ,take it out rinse and let it dry give it a gentle pounding if you want but it works without doing it at all

    Oh and as toddy has all ready asked did you just use the outside layer ?you need to remove the fibrous stuff in the middle of the fungus

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    Hello and welcome

    Did you take out the fibrous stuff or did you boil the whole fungus ?

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    Arr ok, I think this is where I went wrong, I stripped the outer case, and thats all.

    So forgive me for asking a stupid question as the photos are excellent, however, (I evidently put the hole thing in), how thick is the fibrous layer, and is there a distinct difference between that and the rest of the fungus?

    Thanks!

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    This should help... You can see the 'trama' layer between the two pictures.

    It may go a bit further bown below the white marked area , but its difficult to see from the image.





    Copy form web...

    Amadou is made from the Horse’s Hoof Fungus, which has a fine, velvety layer resembling suede leather.
    This suede-like trama layer is sandwiched between a tough nut-like, outer,
    layer called the Cuticle and the pores, which are thousands of tiny tubes all packed together.
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    We got tons of horses hoof fungus here Birch country and all that but no flint and very little chert. Nice and clear tutorial Bravo.

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    Great illustrated tutorial and excelent collective advice - definitely going to give it a go. Thanks for posting

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