Hunting, Trapping, Tracking and Stalking
Building Hunting and Fishing Spears
Author: ISMB member William Lammers
I select the Spear shafts, from along the drainage, not far from my house, for the small Vine Maples seem to grow more straight, competing for sunlight.
I then strip the green bark, which comes off easily, and use my knife as a draw blade, as to smooth the shaft, and take off any high spots.
I then, cut a notch, at the tip end of the shaft, with a small Hacksaw Blade "knife", such as seen in my Fishing Tin/Survival Tin (as I would in a survival situation), then place the Spearhead into the slot.
I will affix the Spearhead with inner cords of 550 cord, though, if I had a dead coyote, I would use its' tendons, for they shrink, as they dry, making for a very solid bond, spearhead to shaft.
Bruce Allen: Do you have the use and know how of machine tools?
William Lammers: Not as in machine shop tools, but I did carpenter for a few years, and have most of the basic tools, as such. I hand file, and sand just about everything...especially the steel components, as not to soften the metals...
Bruce Allen: I was referring to making the barbed spear head as to buying it.
William Lammers: Oh, I am sorry...I make all of my spearheads. From bent, broken, or worn out Recip. Saws, Circular saws, etc...Heck, it is fun, and challenging, and rewarding!
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