The machete touches on every aspect of wilderness survival and bushcraft here in Brazil. I often use this technique in rainy season to make primary tinder as well as kindling from Candeia wood. Candeia is filled with a very offensive smelling oil that reminds me of a wet dog or stinky cheese. It burns extremely well almost as well as fatwood and is used in much the same way. By scraping the wood with the right angle spine of the machete the Candeia log will yield up handfuls of very light tinder that will take a spark from a ferro rod. The same piece of wood can also be shaved and split to create a very hot base for a fire.
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