How to Make a Sulphur Match or Spunk

How to Make a Sulphur Match or Spunk

Prior to the early 1800’s, if you were to need a match, you might well have had a sulphur match known as a spunk on hand. Unlike the matches of today, these devices were not self igniting and required a primary ignition source such as an ember to which the spunk was touched and fanned or blown on till a flame occurred. As the primary component is sulphur, the smell of burning brimstone will be experienced as well.

In this video, Keith Burgess (Le Loup – woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com) with the group New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760 (eighteenthcenturylivinghistory.freeforums.org) shows a method for making the sulphur match or spunk.

A word of caution

Our friend and presenter Le Loup is an experienced woodsman and firelighter. Burning sulphur will stick to the skin & spunks, when lit, can drip fire if you use too much sulphur. In other words, there is an explicit danger. If you elect to try this, you do so at your own risk.

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