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    Quote Originally Posted by Lepmeister View Post
    Some great photos here..

    What time of year is most likly to find dead flower spikes ready for use in friction fire?
    There are usually dead stalks around the base of the "trees" - available all year round, although not after a fire or burnoff !

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    Good tip, I must admit that in the past I had been walking around looking for them still standing. which I'm guessing would narrow the period of time they would be available in that state for me to find.

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    I read this and remember seeing this, a very interesting material.


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    Hi.

    Often the stalks lying on the ground are too far gone...rot, damp and fungi get in. If you can get one still standing they're a bit more reliable.

    They will stand on the tree for a pretty long time too.

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    Last edited by koalaboi; 19-09-14 at 06:18 AM.

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    At the world Boomerang Competition in Perth April 2014 i spent time with an Aboriginal Competitior (we were on the same Australian Team)
    he spoke of a very specific time to harvest the Stalk for use for a fire kit.
    To early and the stalk would warp. to late and it would crack.
    Though this may have been specific to the Qld species of Grass tree.
    Was funny as the Grass tree we were looking at were growing in the median strip in the middle of a major road near the air port.
    It was April and they were already too late he said. Not that anyone was going to take the stalks.

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    A fire last year and a bit of rain mean thousands of flowers




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    Mate and I in June found some resin which I later used to make a glue compound of sorts.
    Here is a badly shot video of us harvesting some resin.
    https://youtu.be/_BKaVWdPd10

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