Step 1: Find your Cedar Patch
ALWAYS ask before you trespass on someone's land.
Step 2: Shave your branches
Now using a sharp hatchet ( I use a Fiskars), shave the branch by cutting small thin pieces off.
Repeat until you have enough shavings. Remember to wear safety glasses.
Step 3: The fire
Then 1 sheet of newspaper balled loosely.
Followed by a handful of my cedar shavings.
Finally, I add additional medium or small dry wood pieces on top.
Light to paper/cedar shavings. I usually just drop a lit match on them and close it up.