Primitive Pine Pitch Glue Stick made with stone age tools

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  • Published on Feb 5, 2017
  • Today I want to make a pine pitch glue stick using primitive tools and techniques. Besides being an excellent adhesive, Pitch Glue can also be used as a primitive substitute for plastic as well as filler materials for patching holes.
    So first, I find a smooth grinding stone. Then I grab some wood charcoals from a previous fire. And I use the stone to grind the charcoal into a very fine black powder. The finer the better.
    Next, we find a pine tree. You'll notice Pine sap oozing out of the tree at various spots. I lighter, softer lumps of pine pitch that are free of bark, pine needles and other impurities. I used a damp piece of tree bark and a stick to gather the pine pitch, and I prefer to make 2 lumps of pitch of equal size.
    Next we need to find a primitive container. In my part of the world there are lots of shells. If there are no shells, you can consider using a a hollow bone fragment or even wet curled piece of bark. Now we move one lump of pine pitch into our shell.
    Next we get ourselves a quartz flake. Quartz can be found all over the place and striking a quartz cobble will produce these sharp flakes. We take the flake and we scrap it along a piece of wood. This produces many extremely fine wood shavings and curls.
    We use these wood shavings as tinder to start a fire, and use the first lump of pitch to extend that fire. Once the fire is going strong, we place the shell next to that fire.
    In just a few minutes the pitch in the shell goes into liquid form. And now we add in the charcoal powder. We want to mix the powder into the pitch very well.
    Finally we gather the mixture onto a wooden stick. And we set this stick to cool off.
    After just 10 minutes, the pitch glue stick is cooled off and ready to be used.

Comments • 29

  • Cesar Lopez
    Cesar Lopez Year ago

    Another cool demonstration, thanks for the vid!

  • ethan plays
    ethan plays Year ago

    Do you have to heat the glue stick

  • ethan plays
    ethan plays Year ago

    Do you have to hear the glue stick?

  • ethan plays
    ethan plays Year ago

    Make more vids man

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago

      Thanks for watching! I have been super busy of late, hoping to make more vids soon!

  • TheTribeOfBenjamin

    very nicely done!....Ben

  • Island Bushcraft
    Island Bushcraft Year ago

    Great demonstration! Nice work.

  • Peregrine Bushcraft

    Great video I tried pine pitch I while back I don't think I ground the charcoal enough as it was slightly lumpy but still worked

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago

      Thanks for watching. Yeah I noticed that it's very important to grind the charcoal into as fine of a powder as possible.

  • AK Shane
    AK Shane Year ago

    Keep it up dude! You documenting yourself learning, is a way of keeping "lost arts alive" it's cool!

  • Doug 'ol greybeard dino' Woody Duncan

    Very well done. Appreciate your sharing your technique with us. Please keep up the good work.
    ol greybeard dino
    ; - ) >>

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago +1

      Doug 'ol greybeard dino' Duncan thanks a bunch for watching! I'm glad you like it. :)

  • E-M-U
    E-M-U Year ago +1

    Amazing vid, You're one of my favourite u-tubers and you never fail to impress and I'm sure you work hard to make these educational videos keep up the good work. (Ps it's been a while do you remember me? Thx)

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago +1

      emmanuel su hey man, of course I remember you! :). Thanks for watching I'm glad you like it.

  • Vulpe Outdoor Normandie

    Very interesting, thx for sharing
    Greets from France ;)

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago +2

      Vulpe Outdoor Normandie thanks for watching I'm glad you like it! :)

  • countryguywithcamera

    I love your videos, pine trees here in georgia usually don't have large collections of sap like that, but its a great thing to know. I'd love to see you make some of this, and compare it so modern adhesives.

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago +1

      Thanks for watching. Pitch glue works really well for me. I might do a compare test against modern wood glue.

  • Tom Ritter
    Tom Ritter Year ago +1

    nice love pitch glue it holds better then most exspect it to stay safe brother

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago +2

      Thanks a bunch for watching! Yeah, I really like pitch glue, easy to make and effective. :)

  • Three Dwarves In A Trenchcoat

    you're one of my favorite survival channels. I've learned so much!

    • Wannabe Bushcrafter
      Wannabe Bushcrafter  Year ago +1

      Three Dwarves In A Trenchcoat thanks for watching! I'm glad that you're finding these videos helpful! :)

  • William O'Donnell
    William O'Donnell Year ago +1

    if you used even finer wood shavings and mixed them in with the mixture, it would increase the strength of the glue