Decent Pine Sap Article...

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Pax Mentis, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Has anyone ever used pine pitch for a water proofing? Do you heat then apply?
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  3. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    I've used it as a temporary repair for an inflatable boat and did heat it to make it more worked, but we only needed it to get about a mile under power.
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  4. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    According to Bushcraft 101, pine pitch is made from pine sap, charcoal and some sort of binder, such as cattail heads or dried, ground up rabbit droppings.
    It makes a great adhesive for patching containers...

    From that, and from the link supplied by Pax, one could pretty much assume that it is waterproof. The paragraph goes on to state that the mixture needs to be heated, then applied, being careful not to allow the mixture to catch fire as that will make it brittle.
    It can be stored in a container after being mixed, or wound up on a stick for storage.
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  5. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    Pine sap is absolutely waterproof. And it really is super-useful in the woods.
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  6. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Excellent post, Pax, and a nice interwebs resource to bookmark. I have visited that site previously and found it very useful.

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  7. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Neighbor builds birchbark canoes, Henri Valencourt, and does it by hand with a crooked knife. Everything about them is old time, spruce roots for binding and lacing, ceder strips for frames, birchbark for covering, but he uses tar and I think grease for the water proofing of the seams. Tried for years and just couldn't make pine tar etc work in the long run. Ok for short run, but not long run. Don't know if he has figured it out yet as he wanted to use pine tar and bear grease or something last time I knew. Was stationed in Fl at Eglin AFB in the 1950's and there were mile after mile of tapped pine trees along side the roads. The stills that they used to process the pine sap were nasty and I don't know if the EPA would let them do it today. At that time nearly all of the paints were linseed oil and turpintine based.
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  8. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    One of my sons makes and sells pitch cups for engravers and jewelers, he makes his own pitch using pine rosin and gets his bees wax from a bee keeper near by he processes it adds other things (his secret recipe) sells all over the world. He also uses it himself for engraving and carving metal and such.
  9. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Tar Heel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    After a pine tree dies the sap runs down to the stump. Chop with an ax or kick it and you'll smell turpentine. A chunk of it, some old pine cones and a match are another easy way to start a fire.
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