Making a Glue Stick using primitive methods

By Paul Pinkerton
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Making a Glue Stick using primitive methods

Paul Pinkerton
 
 
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In this article, Patrick McGlinchey of the Backwoods Survival School based in Scotland guides us through making a glue stick, a primitive method of creating and then storing resin based glue.

There are a few ways of producing a glue stick; this is but one. There are also other ingredients you can use to make the pitch. Experiment yourselves it’s good fun.
Cut a piece of elder and remove bark and pith, this will leave you with a hollow tube. Cut two small hazel plugs to fit.

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Grind down some charcoal with a rounded stone.

 

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Ideally, the charcoal should be reduced to a fine powder.

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Gather up some pine resin using coltsfoot instead of your pockets!

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Place the flat rock on the fire stones, once warmed add the resin. (Be careful in your selection of rock as they might explode) My favorite rock had a bowl shape hammered out of it, but it grew legs on a course last year and went walkabout.

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Once the resin starts to melt down scrape it into a heap and add a little beeswax. Any impurities should be scraped to one side.

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Now add some charcoal powder and mix.

 

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Gather and push into elder tube.

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Make enough pitch to fill the chamber and cap it with the other plug. It’s a great way of carrying the pitch in your kit bag.

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When you need to use it simply heat over the fire and spread.

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Many thanks to Patrick of Backwoods Survival School and Bushcraft UK for supplying this article.

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