Monthly Project – January 2013

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Monthly Project – January 2013

Poll closed Jan 4, 2013.
  1. Option 1. Collect one plant from your area that can be used to make cordage.

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  2. Option 2. Make an arrow or spear head from the material of your choice.

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  3. Option 3. Make both projects and use the cordage to attach the head to a shaft.

    5 vote(s)
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  1. buroak

    buroak Guide Bushclass I

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    Option 1. Collect one plant from your area that can be used to make cordage. Make some cordage from it. Describe how you made the cordage.

    Option 2. Make an arrow or spear head. It can be made from any material of your choice. How it is made is also up to you. Examples: hammered copper, forged from iron or steel, knapped from flint/chert/glass, carved from wood, cut out of a shell, made from bone, etc. Be creative!

    Option 3. Make both projects and use the cordage you made to attach the arrow/spear head to a shaft.
     
  2. MLarson

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    Well done! I hope to get mine done this weekend or next weekend.
     
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    I attempted to make a Kalahari San Bushman spear and use 2 ply twist nettle cordage with pine resin to bind the end of the shaft.

    Used an old spike for matierial
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    Into the little ammocan forge with a couple other projects
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    Rough forged the head
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    Hot cut the shaft with a cold chisel
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    Spear head shaped with tapered tang ready to burn into end of hazel wood shaft
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  4. cockeyedhunter

    cockeyedhunter Guide Lifetime Supporter Bushclass II

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    Spear head is heated up and pushed into end of wood shaft which has a smaller hole drilled into the end as a guide.
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    Spear shaft is peeled and end shaped for binding.
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    Using a 2 ply wrap cordage made from dried nettle fiber gathered earlier in the year.
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    Melting pine resin and spread a thin layer onto the shaft.
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    Whipped the end of the wood shaft with the nettle cord.
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  5. cockeyedhunter

    cockeyedhunter Guide Lifetime Supporter Bushclass II

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    I spread resin over the cord.
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    Then put the spear end over the heat to melt the resin into the cord fibers.
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    This is what I ended up with.
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    Now I have a San Bushman axe, knife and spear. Just what I have always wanted.
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    Learned alot from this project, thanks for coming up with monthly project thread. Been wanting to try it for a while.
     
  6. MLarson

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    Very cool! I'm not sure if I'm going to make it in time. If not I will update when I do.
     
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    Good idea and very good work! Thanks
     

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