Mallet & Bow

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  1. Flint_2016

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    Finally had the chance to get out and make a better bow for my friction fire kit and while I was at it,made a mallet for batoning firewood.It's actually the second mallet I made,this one to be kept at a camp I go to often when I don't feel like hiking to my main camp.It's basically s simple leanto and firewall and only a ten minute walk from where I park my Jeep.I made the bow out of a rhododendron sapling as the rhododendron has a tendency to be somewhat naturally contorted and "curving"in it's growth habit,most likely a Catawba R.The mallet(from eastern hemlock) only took about 20 minutes to make,while the bow a little longer as rhodies have a tendency to split down the center easily(had to cut off the ends twice with my Bahco),and it took some time to drill holes at the ends for the bowstring(I used #36 bankline)using my awl from my SAK.I also carved off all the bark on the bow using my Mora knife and Hultafors Hunters ax.Got a fire going because I was gonna make a pot of tea,but ended up being cut short as something came up where I was needed at home.Altogether though it was a good day out,the weather splendid in the mid 70's with a slight breeze.I also made another fireboard for my friction fire kit,possibly Tulip Poplar as I found a dried up branch below one of the many poplars in the area.The center of the branch was dark in color,which I was informed is typical of the tulip poplar.Of course I did the fingernail test and it passed with flying colors.
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    Catawba Rhododendron is common in my area
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    The bow is about 24" in length
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    Inner part of the branch is a dark hue.Possibly Tulip Poplar but it passed the fingernail test
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    Used a downed Eastern Hemlock for my mallet.
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    Satisfactory for me
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    Gotta have a campfire
     
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    Ever use the bow? Any arrows with it?
     
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    Nice work there young fellar. joe
     
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    By bow I mean for a friction fire kit Sorry no need for arrows here
     
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    Wow that didn't hit me at all. I wondered why it didn't seem very bowlike.
     
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    Unfortunately the mallet broke while trying to split a long branch of hemlock,having several knots in it.I should've used hard wood like beech or maple.Hemlock like other conifers is a softwood,and hemlock itself isn't a valuable wood,often used for railroad ties only
     
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