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originally posted by: Soloprotocol
Made some pine Pitch glue.
Collected the pitch, refined it down, added a little animal Fat, (maybe just a little to much) and charcoal, but i need it to be a bit less tacky and less runny.
When it's totally cooled it is kinda hard but leave it for a few ours at room temp and it wants to spread out..Like magic putty.
I plan on using it to cover the sown parts of a Leather Axe sheath i made, but in the state it's in it will just run, and being tacky the sheath will just end up covered in all sorts of stuff..Flies, Grass. pine needles, Elephants, low flying aircraft etc... Trust me, Anything that comes into contact with this stuff will stick to it..I dont want that.
Any Ideas? Would adding more pine pitch to the mix harden it back up to it's original state,well as close too but not brittle, would adding Rabbit droppings help harden it whilst also taking away the tackiness.??
It's Just about getting the mix right..It's my first attempt...
originally posted by: rickymouse
Interesting thread. I don't know if I will ever need this information, but it is neat to know.
Lots of pine pitch around here on the white pines. Is there a better and worse type of pine pitch to work with? Tamarack makes some wild volatile pitch. It burns like a torch.
originally posted by: skalla
You can make nice varnish out of it too, though i hear it's fairly risky.
As to different materials to make it from, i read of a guy who was having a badly swollen knee drained and the stuff looked all collagen-like so he asked the surgeon to put it in a jar for him. He subsequently made glue from the goo and hafted some points with the stuff.
Interesting test info on thread here
ETA: oyu know those raw hide dog chews that are thin almost see through strips? Wilco's do them in packs of 20 or so for next to nothing...almost melt them in boiling water until super slippy and almost falling apart and apply to thing to be bound. Sets like concrete - i have a pressure flaker secured in a haft that way and it's the firmest join i ever made