A GoFundMe page to support bushfire victim Michael Warner has been set up by his friend Steven Worthington.
Mr Worthington lives in Canberra and read about what happened to his friend when he was sent a link of the article in The Examiner.
It details how Mr Warner was on the mainland when the home he had spent ten years building burned down in the Fingal fire, which are believed to have been deliberately lit.
His cabin, caravan, car, workshop and tools, garden and orchard were not insured and were all lost.
"He's gone down the route of trying to have as minimal impact on the environment as possible, setting up a little cabin in the woods," Mr Worthington said.
Mr Worthington said he felt he could do something to help.
"We don't talk to each other every week or anything like that, but he is in need," he said.
"He's lost everything - basically all he has now is a burned piece of land."
Mr Warner and Mr Worthington know each other through the Society of Creative Anachronisms, which they are in because of their interest in making medieval-style jewellery and metalwork.
The impact of bushfire is at the forefront of Mr Worthington's mind in Canberra.
"Yesterday [the smoke] was as bad inside the house as outside: I'm house-sitting in a house with an air purifier and it said there were hazardous levels of air pollution inside the house," he said.
The GoFundMe page is here.