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Inuit fire-stick from the Arctic.

Inuit fire-stick from the Arctic.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


The leather thong with ivory toggles is wound around the upright stick, and when this is pulled back and forth the stick spins at high speed. The stick is held upright by the mouthpiece at its top. The end of the stick becomes hot and ignites the tinder.

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