The Great Hunt
by Kay Koppedrayer

You can call it the graffiti of the ancient world, only the artists were better and they had more to say. What I am referring to is the rock art of ancient times. Virtually every place humans have lived carries traces of their work drawn with earth pigment on cliffs, in caves, or cut directly into the rock facing itself.
Of other places, of other times–we perhaps think of rock art as belonging to a world far from our own. However, to find glorious and compelling rock art, you don't even have to leave this continent. Ample examples exist in both the United States and Canada, with certain regions in the American West abounding with petroglyphs.
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When asked to name a classic bow, most primitive archers would probably mention the English Longbow of Robin Hood fame or Fred Bear's Kodiak recurve. Both of these bows have carved their niche in archery history, but between these two great bows are dozens of lesser-known classics. In the second quarter of the last century, as archery was becoming a popular pastime, bow makers faced a dilemma. The popular English style longbow with its flat back and rounded belly was difficult to build, and the merits of the shorter native flat bows were not yet recognized.
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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 by native peoples as an adhesive and waterproof filler.
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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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