Run out of glue in the wilderness?
So many things are taken for granted in our consumer society. If you need something, simply buy a product (or app) for that.
So what about glue?
I was making a prop for my book’s cover and found myself needing an adhesive. The prop? A obsidian studded war club (see the first chapter of my forthcoming novel).
The club is a scrap 4×4. The obsidian I had laying around (from my knapping days). But how to attach the obsidian to/into the wood? I could go to the hardware store. Or I could do it the (real) old-fashion way.
I looked up my Primitive Skills notes from an Earthwalk Northwest class I took (a long time ago in a world far, far away). Here’s the recipe/process:
- Take tree sap…some nice sticky sap from an evergreen.
- Powder up so charcoal…found in our fireplace.
- Mix together…maybe 4 parts sap to 3 parts powdered charcoal.
- Heat (here I cheated…heated in a old cat food can on a backpacking stove…my wife wouldn’t let me do so on our kitchen stove).
- Once heated, a coated the two pieces you want to join and press together.
- Note: it’s heat sensitive…to “disassemble,” just heat.
Here’s some images:
Making the club (I cheated…used a viking type ax):
Chiseling the slot (cheated again):
Preparing the sap and charcoal:
Gluing the obsidian edge into the club:
So are you ready to make a batch of glue while lost in the wilderness?