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• Last updated: June 26, 2023

Skill of the Week: Make a Torch

An important part of manhood has always been about having the competence to be effective in the world — having the breadth of skills, the savoir-faire, to handle any situation you find yourself in. With that in mind, each Sunday we’ll be republishing one of the illustrated guides from our archives, so you can hone your manly know-how week by week.

Carrying the fire is not only an important philosophical concept, but also a very practical skill. Sometimes you need to carry fire in the sense of transporting an ember from an existing, nearly-burned-out campfire to a site where you want to start a new one. Other times, you need to carry a full-out flame in order to light the way before you. Whether navigating the woods in a survival situation or hunting for treasure deep in the tunnels of an ancient temple, knowing how to make an illuminating torch with just a few common supplies is a valuable skill to have.

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