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       The PhyreKeeper Blog #0002 Friday 07/12/13

This was supposed to be for Friday, 07/05/2013, however, “life got in the way of life” let’s say. So, here it is a week late the following Friday, 07/12/13.

In and throughout my Hiden Denki Densho video series I bring up the Prometheus Myth. So, before I get into the “meat & potatoes” of teaching, most of the time I start off my sections with what I call “Promethei” or “Forethoughts.” Basically, they are my segue, leading in ideas about the section. So, here as well in this blog, I will start off with “Promethei – Forethoughts.” I then usually end each section with an “Epimethei” or “Afterthoughts.” The Greek Titans Epimetheus was the brother of Prometheus.

PROMETHEI –

“They” say every establishment should have a clarified “Elevator Pitch.” So, here it is:

The Phyre Dojo specializes in providing

teaching & training in all of the world’s

wood friction fire methods & techniques

& beyond.

Within every weekly blog I plan to include the following:

1) Promethei – Forethoughts

2) Something that happened or I learned that week.

3) The “PhyreHack of the Week,” or the Phryction Phyre material of the week.

4) Epimethei – Afterthoughts

THIS WEEK –

On Saturday, 06/29/13 I went down to visit Bowman’s Hill Native Plant Preserve 1635 River Rd., New Hope, PA 18938, (http://www.bhwp.org) after having heard by email through the Native Plant Society of NJ, (www.npsnj.org) that they were having a native plant sale closeout at 25% off.

The place was better than what I imagined it might be. I first had to drive up to the preserve through a wild meadow. Already I was spotting plants I didn’t recognize. I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for a new “PhyreHack,” or a material I haven’t done yet – especially one I’ve never seen or heard of. That’s one of the things I love about this skill. There’s always something I haven’t done or tried yet – not as a technique or method, but as a material.

Some of the first people I encountered was Dave and another gentleman (sorry, I’m bad with names a lot of times.) I explained to them what I do and what I’m looking for. At this point, I’m really looking for new (HD) Hand Drill PhyreHacks. I’m looking for any kind of stalk plants or young tree growths I haven’t done yet. Currently, I carry on me at all times a list of about 31 (HD) Hand Drill materials I have done. So, I’m looking for anything that qualifies as a (HD) Hand Drill stalk-spindle so I can add it to my list. They helped as best they could and we came across something that qualifies (unfortunately, I still need to identify it more precisely, so I won’t mention what it might be.)

Then, I met Alex and Jane working the front table to see if they could possibly help. I instantly create a challenge for everyone I talk to with this list because I’m looking for “what’s NOT on the list” that could qualify.  Just to make sure I’m letting the people I encounter know that I’m “not full of it,” I keep a demo set on me for just such an occasion. For Alex and Jane I bust out a Ragweed spindle on Sotol base (HD) Hand Drill demo with a “floating” technique. If they weren’t believers then, they are now.

I was then introduced to Bob as another contact. He recommended I come back when they do their Morning Meadow Tour, (http://www.bhwp.org/calendar.htm) from 10-11 am on Wednesday, 07/31/13. I said that I will most likely do that since that’s where I saw some promising new materials. I couldn’t stay very long because I was actually on my way to work… so, I had to bolt.

So, anybody and everybody that’s into plants & trees… check out Bowman’s Hill!

PHYREHACK OF THE WEEK –

Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus Officinalis) &

White Sweet Clover (Melilotus Albus)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melilotus

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Around this time of the year – July (in New Jersey anyway,) the flowers of the Yellow Sweet Clover are disappearing and the White Sweet Clover flowers are out nice and strong now. The White flowers are also out much longer than the Yellow. Most Sweet Clovers will be discovered along roadsides, for example, behind guardrails. Protected there, (for as long as they’re not sprayed with RoundUp to control weed growth along said guardrails…) they are allowed to grow pretty large – easily over 6 ft tall. This can allow for some pretty good sized spindle-stalks!

I’ve seen these plants over the years, but every year a plant that I think “I’ve got to figure out what that is!” sometimes eludes me till the following year. Well, last year I finally harvested and properly identified the Sweet Clovers. As much as I would like to always also harvest seeds – I did not. I am on a mission to this year to get seeds. And, I see that in fact it’s very easy to just order them. I see some options on places like Amazon and some beekeepers blogs… Here’s a Heads Up! Next year I plan to have a full garden growing every single (HD) Hand Drill spindle stalk I can come across. My seed collection is already quite extensive. I will elaborate on my next PhyreKeeper blog next week!

Here is a photo grab off of my Hiden Denki Densho video series. This is my Yellow Sweet Clover (HD) Hand Drill demo on (PhyreHacking Part Two of Four) Disc #063. I also demo a (BD) Bow Drill version. Notice the stalk is clean and pale.

Here is a photo grab off of my Hiden Denki Densho video series. This is my Yellow Sweet Clover (HD) Hand Drill demo on (PhyreHacking Part Two of Four) Disc #063. I also demo a (BD) Bow Drill version. Notice the stalk is clean and pale.

Here is another photo grab off the same Disc #063. It is the Yellow Sweet Clover (HD) Hand Drill demo. Notice the “banana spots” on this stalk. I noticed that when both the White and the Yellow spindle stalks dried (at exactly the same time and place in storage) all the Yellow Sweet Clovers had these spots and none of the White did. Very curious…

Here is another photo grab off the same Disc #063. It is the Yellow Sweet Clover (HD) Hand Drill demo. Notice the “banana spots” on this stalk. I noticed that when both the White and the Yellow spindle stalks dried (at exactly the same time and place in storage) all the Yellow Sweet Clovers had these spots and none of the White did. Very curious…

I also do a (BD) Bow Drill demo version. Notice the “banana spots” on this (BD) Bow Drill spindle as well.

I also do a (BD) Bow Drill demo version. Notice the “banana spots” on this (BD) Bow Drill spindle as well.

I have to say – these are one of the best smelling Phryction Phyres I have ever done in my life! Very distinct! As usual – you should ALWAYS avoid inhaling the smoke as much as possible. Especially with this little tidbit of info… Sweet Clovers are used to make rat poison! Here is an example of the warning I include in the Hiden Denki Densho video series:

Another photo grab… I really have no idea if or how this as a medicinal would actually effect anyone with the smoke for just doing a Phryction Phyre (that is done in a well ventilated area outside of course…) But, myself and you are now warned…

Another photo grab… I really have no idea if or how this as a medicinal would actually effect anyone with the smoke for just doing a Phryction Phyre (that is done in a well ventilated area outside of course…) But, myself and you are now warned…

I’m not going to turn my PhyreHacks into a plant expose’. The PhyreHack of the Week is really to let you know and bring your attention to a material that works (as a fact because I did it!) and it’s available to try and add to your own list.

EPIMETHEI – AFTERTHOUGHTS

“Help me help you.” Jerry Maguire

Here is my LIST OF 31 (HD) Hand Drill Spindle Stalks. Is there a (HD) Hand Drill spindle-stalk you know of (as a fact, that you’ve actually seen work) that is NOT on this list?????

01)   THISTLE – (CIRSIUM) – (CARDUUS)

02)   TEASEL – (DIPSACUS)

03)   LETTUCE – (PRENANTHES)

04)   VELVETLEAF – (ABUTILON)

05)   DOGBANE – (APOCYNUM)

06)   MILKWEED – (ASCLEPIAS)

07)   YUCCA – (YUCCA)

08)   MULLEIN – (VERBASCUM)

09)   BURDOCK – (ARCTIUM)

10)   GOLDENROD – (SOLIDAGO)

11)   HORSEWEED – (CONYZA)

12)   LAMB’S QUARTERS – (CHENOPODIUM)

13)   AMARANTH – (AMARANTHUS)

14)   CATTAIL – (TYPHA)

15)   EVENING PRIMROSE – (OENOTHERA)

16)   SNEEZEWEED – (HELENIUM)

17)   MUGWORT – (ARTEMISIA)

18)   REEDS – (PHRAGMITES)

19)   CHICKORY – (CICHORIUM)

20)   PILEWORT – (ERECHTITIES HIERACIAFOLIA)

21)   SWEET CLOVER – (MELILOTUS)

22)   COCKLEBUR – (XANTHIUM)

23)   DAISY FLEABANE – (ERIGERON)

24)   CURLY DOCK – (RUMEX)

25)   ELDERBERRY – (SAMBUCUS)

26)   GIANT RAGWEED – (AMBROSIA)

27)   HACKELIA – (HACKELIA VIRGINIANA)

28)   MOTH MULLEIN – (VERBASCUM BLATTARIA)

29)   POKEWEED – (PHYTOLACCA)

30)   QUEEN ANNE’S LACE – (DAUCUS)

31)   SMARTWEED – (POLYGONUM)

Everything on this list I have found in New Jersey – BUT, I am also looking to expand this list to not only both coasts of the USA – BUT worldwide. Qualifiers –  3/8 ths of an inch or greater in diameter at base. Stable stalk, straight axis spindle longer than 6 inches.

I have yet to get a hold of the wondrous Mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia), Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), Horsetail (Equisetum), and… I hear there is a large version of Yarrow (Achillea) out west big enough for (HD) Hand Drill… The ones here in New Jersey are never thick enough. Anything & everything! Currently I’m growing Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus Tuberosus) to see if they’ll work. And, I’m going to see if I can get some Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea) to go this year.

Do you have some experience with Phryction PhyreKeeping and there is a method or material you want to see or try that no one else has been able to physically demonstrate for you. (And, someone just telling you about it doesn’t count.) Email me! info@phyredojo.com

If there is someone you know who would want to know how to do or experience Phryction PhyreKeeping for themselves? Tell them to go to www.PhyreDojo.com.

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