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by Ernest Thompson Seton

As a pure handicraft stunt, it is well to use the whittling match. Get some ordinary four-foot building laths; cut them up into one-foot lengths, rejecting those that have big knots in them near the middle. Each contestant is given one of these pieces and, using his own knife, whittles it into a fire-lighter or sliver stick; that is, cuts it into long shavings or slivers which are still attached to the stick. 

All begin at the word "Go!" and stop either in one minute or when some one has finished. They are allowed one hundred for perfection. They are docked five points for every sliver that falls to the ground, and five points for every sliver under four inches long. Other points are take off for bad style. The idea is a full fuzz-stick that will surely catch fire quickly from one match. 

It is very helpful if this stunt can be run off in the afternoon and the fuzz-sticks saved for lighting the evening council fire. 

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