2000 Sub Appreciation Giveaway – Ultimate Fire Kit Winner

2000 Sub Appreciation Giveaway – Ultimate Fire Kit Winner
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Thank you all very much for entering to win this great 4DB Ultimate Fire Kit. It is fantastic to see all the support out there for our channel and company.
We had 197 entries
Congrats to Johnathan Zooks Outdoor Laboratory you have 2 days to contact us and claim your prize. John Barker will win if you do not contact us in time.
We will have many more giveaways to come so stay tuned in.

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This fire kit includes a full size Bic lighter, a piece of chert, 5″x1/2″ 4DB Ferro rod, cedar bar, cattail, river birch, white birch, palm husk, 4DB Char Cloth in 4oz. tin, fatwood, jute twine, 4DB Wax Rounds all in a hand made goat skin pouch by PoBoy Gear.

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Hafting a Stone Ground Axe, Deep Woods Brush Shelter, Bow Drill Submerged in Water

Hafting a Stone Ground Axe, Deep Woods Brush Shelter, Bow Drill Submerged in Water

Thank you all for watching. In this video I haft the full groove stone ground axe head that I have been working on. I start with birch tar glue and cow raw hide. I use the plummet to flatten a piece of the hide and place it on the white tail deer antler to fill in the voids so hafting wouldimg_2890 be easier. I wrap cow raw hide through the groove on the axe head. This will fill voids and when it dries it secures the axe head as well. I then wrap the axe head and antler with artificial sinew. This must be as tight as I can possibly make it. Real sinew is recommended due to it’s natural strength and glue characteristics. I secure it with birch tare glue. I then wrap natural cordage white willow bark around it and I also secure that with birch tar glue. I repeatedly reheat the entire axe over the hot camp fire coals and press the birch tar glue into the bindings of the sinew and willow bark. This will make it like they are bonded together and stronger when it dries. The last step in hafting I wrap natural cordage Basswood inner bark (this was made off camera to save time) around the axe for more stability and to make it look a little better. I secure this with birch tar glue as well.img_2809
I had to wait a few days for the raw hide to dry and the birch tar to set. I then wanted to put it to the test and I did this by building a deep woods brush shelter. I chopped a tree using a beaver chew technique, I wanted the tree to still be attached to that it would create the header for my shelter. The axe held strong and performed well. I finished the shelter off with Japanese Honeysuckle branches which I also cut down with the axe. I finish the shelter off with a fern bed which made it very comfortable. I wanted a fire and started it with a soaking wet bow drill set that I submerged into water a couple of times. This bow drill set is Basswood and can be purchased on my website using this link img_2617https://4directionsbushcraft.com/product/bow-drill-friction-fire-kit/
This took two tries to accomplish a coal and my spindle was binding up due to the wood being wet. With a little patience I did pull it off on the second try and I was able to boil some water in my primitive clay cup that I made last year. This was a nice treat while I enjoyed the shade that my brush shelter provided.
The hafting process took a total of 4 days while the stone ground axe head took approximately 2 days. Hafting is an art all in itself and is usually done several times during an axes life time. It requires a lot of patience due to the processes that must be done to ensure strength, like birch tar and natural cordage.
This is how our ancestors would have completed a project like this. They used the same techniques but without some of the resources like the tin can and pliers.
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Tar glue, Stone boiling, Staining and Preparing to Haft a Stone Ground Axe

Tar glue, Stone boiling, Staining and Preparing to Haft a Stone Ground Axe

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In this video I start by reducing birch bark into Birch Bark oil. This takes about 1 1/2. I then further reduce it down into tar so it can be utilized as a glue for hafting. I use Black Walnut husk and separate them from their seeds with a replica Stone Age Plummet that I stone ground in the sameimg_2777  way as the full groove axe head I am getting ready to haft. The Plummet is a very useful tool and would have been used in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Stone Age in much of the same way as I used it here. When removing the walnut husks they will stain your hands and arms if they splash up on your skin. I suggest wearing protective clothing that you don’t mind getting stained. These will stain anything they come in contact with.
I then place a piece of White Tail Deer antler in a natural container made in the creek bottom by water run off. This is filled with rain water from the recent rains we received in my area. I place the walnut husks in along with the antler and hot stones that I placed in the fire. You must be careful with this step as they do explode if left in the fire to long. In this case I heat them up for about 20 minutes or so. This is long enough to get them hot but not make them explode. Most of the rocks I use are right from the creek and are wet. They do work for stone boiling but I do not recommend using them.
After about 1 1/2 hours rotating the rocks in and out of the water I pull the antler out to find it nicely stained brown by the walnut husks.
I then further reduce the Birch oil down into a thick tar by placing it over the fire and then cooling it in the water and repeating. Using this technique I can easily judge the rate in which the tar is reducing. If the tar reduces to quickly it can turn into a useless carbon. This step img_2809takes a lot of patients. When the oil it thick enough I poor it out onto a piece of Birch Bark and add ash to it. This allows it to bond, harden and not stick to other objects until I reheat it for use.
In my last video https://youtu.be/P86WocTyNxo
I make natural cordage out of White Willow bark in preparation to haft my full groove stone ground axe head.
As you can see hafting is a very long process and can take more time than making the actual tool itself. If done right it will have the strength to withstand chopping.
Stay tuned for my next video on the actual hafting of the axe head to the deer antler.
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4DB Ultimate Fire Kit Giveaway – 2000 Sub Appreciation!

4DB Ultimate Fire Kit Giveaway – 2000 Sub Appreciation!

Thank you to all of our subscribers and supporters!!!

We would like to show our appreciation by giving away one of our Ultimate fire Kits with new PoBoy Gear goat skin pouch. img_2817

These kits include a tinder assortment of white birch bark, palm husk, cattail, river birch and red cedar bark. They also include a 4DB 5″x1/2″ Ferro Rod, Bic lighter, 4DB Char Cloth, Chert, 3 Wax Rounds in small 4DB cotton bag and a PoBoy Gear goat skin pouch.
To win this awesome kit all you have to do is:

Subscribe to my channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUsld9DrfRRNVgZODfEKmgg , watch the video and comment below, “I Love 4DB and PoBoy Gear.”
That’s all you have to do to win.
In two weeks we will draw two names out of a bucket. Those two names will go back in the bucket and a winner will be drawn from them. If the winner does not contact us within 4 days the other name will then win the kit.

If you are out of the US you must pay shipping cost if you win.

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