Everyone needs something that gets them excited! I love primitive skills...welcome to my journey.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Hide for Bow & Drill Socket
In a previous post I mentioned that the Mescalaro Apache of southwestern US and northern Mexico used the bow and drill fire making method, when the handdrill proved too difficult for some. In a 1935 article, in the American Anthropologist, it was stated that no special set was made. Even fighting bows were modified, when needed, to spin the drill. Also, no special socket was used, simply a piece of rawhide or buckskin to protect the hand. Using a piece of hide as the socket intrigued me. We tend to get stuck in preconceived notions of how things must be to work Traditionally, a socket being - a piece of wood, rock, or bone with a depression in it for the top of the drill to ride in. I had a scrap of racoon rawhide, with the hair still on it. Folded into a thicker pad, I fired up the bow and drill. The hide pad worked well, though the drill did start to abrade thru it. A little freshly pulverized grass would have lubricated it and helped. Another lesson in simplicity and primitive living skills.
I've been interested in primitive skills ever since I read Larry Dean Olsen's book, Outdoor Survival Skills, decades ago. The past 25 years, or so, I have been striving to learn the skills...flintkapping, hide working, friction fires, edible & medicinal plants, etc. Having gained some proficiency, I have been demonstrating and teaching at historical events and gatherings. It is a never ending journey.