CAVEMASTER DEMO PARTY
gray soft dry felt or bark-like material
Anybody who wants to be able to easily start a fire probably carries a wee supply of this gray soft dry felt or bark-like material. Sparks made by striking flint, iron pyrite, etc. will readily ignite it. The ember that is produced from smouldering Amadou is VERY HOT yet Amadou burns very slowly. This is a primary fire-starting component of the stone age fire kit.
It is acquired from a layer of a bracket fungus (Fomes fomentarius), known as horse’s hoof which grows on the sides of trees, particularly birch, willow, and alder. It is usually pounded flat and thin. Amadou has to be kept very dry, because otherwise, it absorbs water, making it less useful.
It can also be used to make a felt-like fabric. This is used to treat wounds. It stops bleeding (is a styptic), and has strong antiviral and antifungal properties. It can also be made into a tea and ingested.
It is similar to Chaga.
In Romania they still make hats out of it. Otzi the Iceman was found carrying some amadou in a little pouch.