Richard Spencer, a Woodlore customer from Australia, kindly sent in the following post:
Dear Woodlore Team,
Having received the Fire Stick Rods from you, I had a bit of fun making handles for them:
I used spent gumnuts. These things lie in their countless millions on the ground, in the woods and on the side of the roads where the gumnut trees grow. You’ve probably heard of them. They’re light, they float and they’re very tough yet easy to work with few tools. I used one tiny flat file and a bit of sandpaper to make this handle. There’s a small brass picture hook for a lanyard.
The gumnuts contain seeds which drop out, leaving these tough, smooth shells, which just beg to be used for other things.
They can be stuffed with cotton wool and after a few drops of aromatic oil, they’ll keep the car smelling fresh. If you soak them in paraffin then fill them up with melted candle wax, they make great firelighters.