Plotkapyssy

Plotkapyssy

FlyontheLeaf
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November 12th, 2010, 5:13 pm #1

Thought of posting it in fire making section, but I'm not 100% sure it's a fire piston. It does look alot like one, but he puts the moss/tinder looking thing in his mouth first. And from what I can see they don't show him seal the bottom...
They show the cylinder split in the end, possibly from pressure, which is why I still think it is a fire piston.
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November 12th, 2010, 5:14 pm #2

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November 12th, 2010, 6:31 pm #3

I looked and looked on the net but I always end up with that video!! It always refers to a type of gun, it looks like he wads up hemp.In europe we still use hemp to wrap theards on iron pipes, that's why I think it is hemp. Why would he use wet hemp to make fire?? From what language does the word Plotkapyssy come from?? The guy that posted it is from Norway, but it sounds more like a Baltic language....
Cool idea on how he gets the heartwood out though!! I wonder if that works with a pine sapling.

Plus wouldn't the hollowed out wood have o be dry, and I thought that wood with high sap content isn't the best choice for making fire drills or boards??
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November 12th, 2010, 9:19 pm #4

Plotkapyssy (also plottapyssy or plötkäpyssy) is a Finnish word. The film is a clip from an old Finnish footage. You can see the film in it's original context here:
http://vstr1.nebula.fi/?i...mp;r=640&a=1&p=1

I have never seen or made one but according to the dictionary it was a toy gun made usually of pine, often by shepherds. A tightly rolled pellet of flax fibers was pushed through into the other end of the tube and a second one was then pushed in with force resulting in air pressure and the first pellet to shoot out with a loud bang.
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November 12th, 2010, 10:12 pm #5

Cool thanks for the info!! Flax wood have been my second guess!! Ah! and the dots over the O and A, make more sense!! Very informative video!!
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November 13th, 2010, 1:01 am #6

So it really is a toy gun, like the poster on YT suggested. Makes sense, ofcourse.
Tried using Finnish online dictionary, pyssy=gun, but no translation for plotka.
Anyways, maybe originally it was they way they made fire pistons? Although I wonder how the bottom part would be sealed off.
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November 13th, 2010, 3:05 am #7

Ho ho a Spud Gun! fires potato pellets..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZZYZlvXO_o
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