Montana Antler Craft's Fire Starters
While visiting the Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee,
Georgia this summer I saw a both with antlers which had been
made into different things such as picture frames, fireplace
sets and fire starters. Although I spotted the bigger items
first, it was the fire starter which really got my attention. I
had to investigate further. The booth was operated by
Montana Antler Craft. A demonstration of
the fire starters was just starting as we walked up. The “kool
factor” alone was enough to make me want one, but as a long time
camper, and in my younger days a backwoods, backpack camper, I
knew that although a lighter is easy there are times when a
lighter just wont do the trick.
Life got in the way and prevented us from camping for a while,
but one day, after more than a week of rain we hit the woods.
Now I have always prided myself in my fire starting ability, but
after so much rain I was a little concerned. After gathering up
wet kindling (could not find dry) and wet wood we were ready to
start the fire. Walking back to my truck to get some dryer lint
(yes, I keep a small Ziploc bag of dryer lint in my truck just
for times like this) I heard my wife start laughing. Walking
back to the campsite I found my wife feeding a small fire.
Having never started a fire with anything but a lighter, my wife
had used one of our new antler fire starter (we got 2, one
medium and a key chain starter) to start the fire....On the
first try! These fire starters are amazing!
Although I do not hunt myself, I was raised by a family of deer
hunters so I knew that deer shed their antlers every year. I was
excited to see such a good use for a naturally occurring
product. No deer were harmed in the making of this fire starter.