The geese were quiet when I began stalking them, but the flock grew nervous as I slipped closer. All eyes were on me, and their soft honks grew louder and more numerous. I only needed a few more yards to execute a shot when the flock began to swim away amidst anxious chatter. Severely testing their tolerance, I reached lethal bow range just as the remaining geese were moving out.
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Hunting with Ugly Points
by Billy Berger

When I first began flintknapping many years ago, I marveled at the skill of those craftsmen, both ancient and modern, who were able to create beautifully thin and perfectly shaped points out of stone. Ripple flake scars, perfect cross sections, and deep, narrow notches were the thing of this budding flintknapper’s dreams.
After many years of practice, I was able to finally make the beautifully crafted points I had lusted after for so many years...
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Shellac: The Primitive Polyurethane Finish
by Jonathan Hall

No finish can prevent a wood from hydrating to match the average relative humidity of its climate. The purpose of a finish is to resist water and water-vapor, thus slowing down the moisture exchange that occurs when the relative humidity rises and falls. It is this moisture exchange which stresses wood and causes it to degrade. People today use polyurethane to slow down moisture exchange. Polyurethane is a film finish that resists water and water-vapor very well. Polyurethane is also resistant to abrasion, heat, and solvents.
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I remember climbing and playing in young pine trees as a kid, and at the end of the day I would come home with pine sap all over my clothes and hands. Impervious to soap, water, and even, I remember thinking to myself, this has to be the most useless and annoying substance on earth. Little did I know, many years later, just how valuable pine sap would prove to be.
Before modern hot melt glue and epoxy were invented, pine sap was used for centuries...
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Oct/Nov 2015 Edition in this issue:

The Most Dangerous Animal in the Wood by A. Preston Taylor

Making the Sioux Arrow by Billy Berger

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