Pine pitch glue

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  1. Thunderlizard

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    Howdy,

    Just posting to show the pitch glue I made from Sitka spruce resin.

    It’ll be primarily used to haft arrowheads.


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    Pine pitch glue is on my bucket list!
     
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    Nice! Job and they sure are handy.
     
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    Well, tell us how you made it!
     
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    Yeah, this!! And does White pine pitch work?
     
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    nice job,did you just used pitch and charcoal?
     
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    Like, to make it before you die? It's really quite easy... I made some a couple weeks ago to fasten a shale knife blade into a piece of maple in my backyard. It smelled super great (like strong Pine-Sol). It also worked great too!

    That's what I did... I had heard and read about putting plant fibers in there too, and that would make it stronger in bonding.. but my pine sap and charcoal mix (in the right proportions) turned out fine and hardened to something similar to firm rubber... think like a soft hockey puck.

    Pro-tip, make sure your charcoal is ground fine... chunks get in the way and while it works if there are a few of them, it doesn't mix up as nice.
     
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    I have put pitch in boiling water to evaporate the turpentine and gotten a very hard epoxy when cooled.
     
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    It was pretty simple to do.

    I gathered pitch from some Sitka spruce that has some basal wounds, and put it in a small tin jar. An altoids tin or similar will do.

    Then I made a fire.

    After the fire had burned down and there was a good bed of coals, I got some of the larger coals, let them cool, and placed them on a flat rock. The first time around I used cardboard.
    (I got what I reckon is 1 part charcoal, 1 part pitch)

    Then I got a smaller rock and ground the charcoal into a powder. (A very fine powder! No chunks!)

    I combined the two into the tin jar, and set it on the hot coals.

    After a minute or so, the pitch started to melt and bubble a bit. When this happened, I got some sticks, and (holding the tin jar with PLIERS - gloves are a good idea too) stir the powder into the melty pitch.

    As it dries a bit, it will harden on the stick and you can form it with your bare hands when it’s cool enough to do so.

    Mine worked well with one part pitch and one part charcoal powder, as well as some ground up plant material.

    Less charcoal will result in a glue that doesn’t harden as much as I like.


    Experiment and see what works for you!
    And look it up on YouTube!

    - Pat
     
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    Scroll down for info! Yep! White pine pitch should work fine, just make sure it’s thick enough and you don’t get too much bark in with it.
     
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    Yep! And a bit of ground salmon berry leaves!
     
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    Sorry! Scroll on down!
     
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    Thanks! Now I have a recipe and the charcoal and resin. No more excuses... :p
     
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    Great tip on plants, never tried that.
    But I have used dried cow, deer, elk dung mixed with charcoal.
    I will give plants a shot...........
     
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    Let me know how it works out. I'm thinking something like dried grass would be ideal. You want dry plant fibers, I know that from Matt Graham.. Moisture in there with fresh or green plants can cause weak spots and cause it to Crack as it dries.
     
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    I just collected some Milkweed to make cordage, I will have some scraps rolling around.
    I will try mixing some in, the tensile strength of milkweed is really high for plant cordage.
    It ought to make a really good mix............

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    I recon that ungulate crap would work a lot better than ground up plants, having already been digested.

    I was fresh out of my supply of hooved mammal crap though!
     
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    Awesome! I'm currently working on tapping a pine tree to more easily aquire my materials on short notice
     
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    Seems tome that a lot of different fabrics could be used just like fibre glass , even doing boat repairs
     
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