It's been a busy beginning of the semester for all of us. Here's to good luck and perseverance on each of your own adventures.
|Here's what we're after|
|Look for something like this|
|Lump charcoal from the store|
Second, crush about 1.5 times as much pine resin as your charcoal. Some resin will be brittle enough to crunch into smaller bits, other stuff will remain tacky. This step just makes it all melt faster.
|Two nodules ready to go|
Put this mixture over heat and wait for the resin to start melting down. Mix the charcoal in well with a stick to get it to a toothpaste consistency. An alternative way of doing this is to melt the pine resin and add charcoal in bit by bit until you have the desired consistency.
|Heat and serve!|
|Roll the mix to cool and shape it|
Oh, and a final word. The stuff likes to burst into flames if it gets too hot. This happens now and then and is sort of awesome. If a flaming ball of superheated pine napalm isn't on your goal list I'd suggest heating the stuff in a ceramic bowl over coals, not open flames. I'm mostly just saying this in hopes that some of you give natures napalm a go. I have my ideas of who I'll be hearing from soon.
These gluesticks will stay good for years, simply reheat a portion and apply it to your task at hand. You'll want to wait about ten seconds and then you can shape it with your fingers as it cools down.
Good luck and have fun!
Coming up next I test how different points from the Southwest actually look and work as projectiles.
|Here are a few Pueblo Side Notch points for the next test|