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Making Pine Sap Glue for Hunting Season

Billy Berger takes you through the steps to make a batch of pine sap glue. This highly useful product has many applications for the outdoorsman.

Pine sap glue is the outdoorsman’s equivalent of duct tape. It has many applications, from medicinal to utilitarian. In this video primitive archery expert and survivalist Billy Berger shows you how to make your own pine sap glue stick for hafting arrowheads to arrow shafts.

This is something you can do right now to prep for the upcoming hunting season.

Berger avoids the hard and brittle sap gobs found on pine trees, and seeks instead the more pliable, sticky and gummy product. This he collects and saves in small cans.

He places the can of pine sap on the embers of a small fire, being careful not to let the sap bubble or boil. He also cautions that the pine sap is highly flammable, so be careful not to let flames reach it.

Once the sap liquefies it should be stirred to create a consistent mix throughout. Then a temper can be added such as finely crushed charcoal, crushed rabbit droppings or other vegetable matter. Add enough of the charcoal dust so that the sap does not become brittle or overwhelmed by the charcoal.

Now you can slowly turn the glue out onto a small stick and gently work it with your fingers. it will be hot to the touch, but if you are persistent and deliberate you should be okay. When finished you should be able to dent it with your fingernail; that’s how you’ll know if you added the correct amount of charcoal. It comes with experience.

To use, you gently heat the glue stick over a fire until it assumes a heavy, thick almost-liquid state. Dab it into the arrow shaft joint into which the arrowhead will go. Heat the arrow shaft and allow the glue to permeate every crevice. Then insert your arrowhead, wrap with sinew, and you’ve got a solidly attached broadhead.

One glue stick will haft many arrowheads and will last you quite a while. I keep several pine sap glue sticks around because their uses are myriad, from hafting arrowheads and primitive knife blades to repairing birchbark to even use as a primitive bandaid for wounds. Every primitive outdoorsman should carry a pine sap glue stick with him or her.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.


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Making Pine Sap Glue for Hunting Season