Sulphur spunk

A sulphur spunk is an early form of match. Unlike modern matches it is not struck but instead is lit from an ember. They are used in conjunction with a flint, steel and charcloth. Using the flint and steel to create a spark that is transfered to the charcloth with in turn starts to ember. This is then used to light the sulphur spunk which is then used to start the fire.

To make a sulphur spunk you need powdered sulphur, a small piece of wood and a fire. You melt the sulphur powder over the fire. Once it has melted you dip the wooden spunk into so the tip is coated. Then you leave it cool. The sulphur will catch fire easily so you need to be careful while melting it. You should be careful not to inhale the fumes as they are dangerous.

I have been involved in re-enactment since 1993. My main group now is the SCA in New Zealand, although I still do some bits with the local Jousters. Within the SCA I am Sympkyn of the Moor, Baron of Ildhafn

About Ian Piddington

I have been involved in re-enactment since 1993. My main group now is the SCA in New Zealand, although I still do some bits with the local Jousters. Within the SCA I am Sympkyn of the Moor, Baron of Ildhafn
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