Discussion in 'Primitive Tools' started by Mr.Black, Sep 29, 2013.
Very nice @cockeyedhunter ! I'm curious about the materials you used to that project.
Hazel for all wood items and salal leaves for the fletching. Bone for the points. Cheated and used para cord for cordage.
I made a new Atlatal dart out of bamboo. First time working with it for this. It was fairly easy to heat the nodes and straighten out the shaft.
30 throws in total today, most of which were near or on target.
I was about 35 feet from my target, this shot was about an inch out of my 8inch target circle. The orange arrow was to show my previous shot, just under the target.
Some pretty decent penetration with this dart. I think it’s lighter shaft, and faster flight aided in this.
The farthest I have got this new dart today was about 210-215 feet. I was within a foot or two of my cardboard target.
With some practice I think this would be an excellent tool for hunting. I think a lot of archeologists got this tool wrong. The only way to learn this one is lots of practice.
In my opinion, the only way to gain insight into the past is to utilize the tools of the period.
A little bit of Texas came home with me courtesy of one very kind tracker packer #1 and some scrounging. Sharp flint shard, yucca sewing kit, yucca cord snare, wild hog tusks and cutters I found along the river, improvised gouge. True treasures to me
I'm learning flint knapping now! Traded chaga for antlers and obsidian, and I have made a few small points from some successful flakes! I also made two unhafted arrows so far, one from birch the other from hazel. I used fire and my teeth for straightening. Ones about 28" the other I think 32"
My pressure flaking pad is from a piece of moose leather that I brain tanned but is still way to stiff and think for moccasins.
some recent stuff reposted from the bolt knife thread https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/bolt-knife-a-go-go.206715/
Red ochre stain on a rabbitstick
Box trap with milkweed cord
Can you tell me more about the needle? Great looking stuff, thanks for sharing!
Its a piece of deer leg bone, I shaped it with a bolt knife then drilled the eye with a makeshift awl I made out of a nail, more can be seen here
Random Otzi belt,trying to re populate the void
It is mind boggling how many hours must have went into making that spread. Is that all stuff that you personally made?
Can you get all of that on one goat?
Pretty much, except the bigger basket and pottery some is old stuff from over the years ive made that fit the Otzi complex find items and tools, clothing form goat Cut and sewed but only tanned the one large goat hide for the back bag.there was a ton of support to make it all happen and owe them a Summit...Team Otzi!
Soooo much goodness there....someday I am going to make a trip to TX to see it all in person.
Those are some well traveled Yellow Boxes there.....If you need any more flint, give me a holler- there should be a spring Knap in at Flint Ridge.
I’m making pine pitch glue and I think I messed up. Should it still be a little bit sof after it cools. If not does that mean I didn’t use enough charcoal, fiber, or sap
Thanks to BigDaddy Hoss we got some lessons on flint knapping this weekend. It so happened that my wife and I found a road killed deer on our way home that was in good shape. I decided to try stone tools for skinning and cutting meat. They work pretty good with a little sawing action with the serrations. The red bladed knife I bought years ago and I finally used it instead of staring at it. Puget Sound Knappers gave us the lessons and they have a free membership for anyone interested in the art. It's a lot of fun.
Two battle atlatls made from palm fronds, one with hemp wrapped handle and the other with leather cord.
Basketmaker style atlatl made from oak sappling with stone tools and wood burned Rattlesnake pattern, made at my archaeology field school in 2015.
Playing with one of my Atlatal darts today.
I extended it by lashing another section of bamboo to it. With the added length and weight it is a completely different! Much more accurate and way more penetration!
The Windlass Trap.
I was going through some old pictures and noticed these photos of the primitive gear my son made on a camping trip to the coast a few years ago.
Don't forget...it's a gear bag, not a purse. You don't want this guy coming after you with his Makah war hatchet.
Left a stop,drop and make a Otzi knife I made earlier this week
.the knife from the Otzi find right
Primitive technology, that isn’t easy to get right.
3: Honey Locust
I found an excellent video on the Otzi knife. It shows the research on how/why it exists and good measurements for creating the knife. And, there is another video (linked in this one) that shows in detail how to make the sheath.
Tools for gardening today...
My wife’s and my tools for today’s front yard work.
Using the Kalahari bushman inspired tool @cockeyedhunter made. Using it to gather up some roots for projects, weeding, and removal of suckers from the tree. This thing is great at digging around.
I just realized something while doing some maintenance on one of my blades. All of my Kalahari style tools were gifted to me... WOW! Good friends!
Now I’ll need to make a blade and bag the match them!
I was surprised at how wee tiny this spindle and hearth was. My finger is only the thickness of the glass away, and I have small hands. Display didn't say, but I'm assuming this is juniper, given that the nearest actual trees are many miles away.
It was found at Wupatki Pueblo close to Flagstaff, AZ. The professor with whom I went found a clovis point just off from the much later Pueblo site, but I didn't get a picture. It's a neat place.
I used a few broken shells to scale and gut some surfperch on my last trip to the coast. The mussel shell worked especially well for opening the belly with a can-opener motion on the soft portions, and some rip/shredding to get through the joined fins.
I used the heat from fire to accentuate the natural curve in a cedar branch for a arched spit, and secured the fish to it with some spruce roots to keep their tails up.
I also ran across some bones that were just begging to become tools, but I know that marine mammal parts are very heavily regulated, so I exercised some self-control; despite how much I wanted to try sharpening this one.
Very very nice.
Worked up a new thrower and dart today... playing with a new knife...
Where did you get that Texas Bushcraft patch?
Fishing spear ...
Water line is hiding in the willows behind me...
I love that mace!
Bow drill set with very crude stone tools.
I got lazy with the cordage and a few other details so I didn't get an ember this time, but the process of making the set gets easier every time I try this.
Looking at the pic, my guess would be a willow spindle on a yucca hearthboard. Willow is easy to find and was often used for atlatl darts in the SW; yucca stalks are also common and very friction fire-friendly.
Working on a Neolithic style bifacial Slate spear point. This is still a WIP but I’m almost finished with the profile. All made with stone tools. One piece of Obsidian, one piece of Quartzite and a flat Sandstone surface. The hook is an ongoing project that @rainforest gave me like 100 years ago. More to come.
Leather making season and lots of projects to finish.
@Calafia666 @cockeyedhunter very cool stuff guys!
Completed hook stained with coffee.
Hand drill set made with broken rocks. (no ember)
It's a good thing you posted that right around dinner time.
Nice!! Good on ya for making the hand drill set with rocks . Carving the notches out is kinda labor intensive compared to using a knife but fun none the less. That meat looks so good, it's making me hungry. Really like the moss grill brush you got going there
Pile o' stone-age tools
Knapping tools on the left, various stone blades and drills on the right (the hafted obsidian biface is a sotol knife, an excellent yucca-harvesting tool...more info here: https://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/trans-p/images/ap5.html), a couple antler chisels and an awl up front. In the back is a small mano/metate set, still in the process of being pecked into shape.