|Using shave horses and draw knives to finish hand made mallets|
We've had an ongoing connection with the Youth Group, thanks to links made by the Lizard Outreach Trust who have facilitated several City and Sea exchanges in the past. Mamun, now leader of the group, came on one of these visits some years ago, so he wanted to give teenagers, many of whom rarely leave the city, the same chance to visit the Lizard he had when younger.
|Mallets were fashoned from single logs, using saws and axes|
Our session yesterday was timed brilliantly ahead of the rain! The group had a go at fashioning a mallet from a log, learning how to safely use a bow saw and carving axe. The final smoothing of the mallet handle was achieved using shave horses and draw knives.
|Mastering the use of fire strikers to create a spark|
After a quick break to visit the beach (and to take on the build the highest pebble/boulder tower challenge), we switched to fire lighting, using magnesium strikers to create a spark, which was caught in a piece of char cloth, or a vaseline covered cotton ball. Once mastered, making fire with a traditional flint and steel was the next challenge. Not so easy, as although it's possible to get a spark, guessing where it will land is impossible!
The session rounded up with a cuppa brewed over the fire, and a few toasted marshmallows.
If you are linked to a group who might want to set up a similar session with us, please do get in touch.
Thanks to NT Volunteer Shannon O'Grady for the Photographs.