Sinew

Hunter14
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February 12th, 2012, 9:32 pm #1

After I dry sinew do I have to get the sinew wet before i wrap something to work good??
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February 12th, 2012, 10:40 pm #2

Yes. First you may want to separate it into long strands of fiber bundles. Once wet it will get flexible and stretch as you wrap it. It will stick onto itself as you apply one piece after another when wrapped all in the same direction, so no knots are necessary. It shrinks as it dries and tightens the binding.
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February 12th, 2012, 11:30 pm #3

Ok. Thank you.
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February 12th, 2012, 11:53 pm #4

But also what is the best thing to wet the sinew with??
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February 13th, 2012, 12:55 am #5

You can use water or even just chew on some. I recall reading somewhere that the enzymes in your saliva react with the protein in the sinew to make it more gluey but I don't know how true that is. I've done both and have yet to see a difference in the adhesiveness or durability of the bond in the stone knives I've hafted over the years, and they are subjected to year-round use under all weather conditions within a 100 degree span of temperatures.
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February 13th, 2012, 1:19 pm #6

ok
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February 14th, 2012, 3:00 pm #7

Another thing that helps a lot in terms of durability is before applying the sinew dip it in thin hide glue, or paint over the bindings with hide glue before they've dried 100%. This helps with the sinew loosening over time as a result of humidity changes etc.
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February 14th, 2012, 7:26 pm #8

Never knew that Basketmaker ll, thanks for sharing that... I've always wrapped what I want in sinew, then put the PPG on, I'll try that with the hide glue next time...



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