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Flint drill bit


Never Alone In The Bush
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Jun 16, 2011
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Melbourne, Victoria
Finished product, starting to drill:
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Making the drill

Here are the tools I'll use:
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- Some sections of Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
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- Glue stick (made from Xanthorrhoea resin, charcoal and roo poo)

- Some flint flakes (leftovers shards from knapping)

- Fire (in this case a candle because too hot and gusty to safely have anything larger)

Cutting the reed just above a node. The node is a strong point.
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Selecting a flint fragment to use as a bit:
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Melting some glue (A candle is net very good, its a gusty day and its quite difficult)
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Starting to drill (perhaps its an awl ?)
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Flint drill bit
Flint shard seated in the end of the reed with some glue
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More glue
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Ready to start drilling

See also "Making a bone needle" : http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showthread.php?9586-Making-a-bone-needle

Eye of the none needle: http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showthread.php?9596-Eye-of-the-bone-needle&p=98446#post98446
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