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Pebble-tipped blunt arrow.  This is a really basic design, with a semi-round pebble stuck into a maple shaft with multiple splits.  I secured it with pitch glue and nettles fibers and was surprised at how well it all held together after a dozen or so shots at stumps and dead trees. 
I think the basic idea here is that you could shoot this at a bird or squirrel without damaging it too badly or worrying about your arrow sticking into a tree trunk out of reach.  Besides that, not having to chip, carve, or grind a point is a huge time saver.  It isn’t nearly as pretty as a sharp slate point, but I see more birds and squirrels than deer, so I think this design has a lot going for it. 
I have seen my buddy @field_expedient taking squirrels with blunt arrows recently so they are clearly effective on critters that size; but I’m curious what the upper limit would be.  Would a blunt arrow be effective on a grouse sized bird? 
It’s still in good shape so I’ll throw it in the pile for poultry testing to see if it does any damage to a grocery store chicken, but I would love to hear from you guys that actually hunt with blunt arrows.

#pebblearrow #bluntarrow #bluntiparrow #smallgamearrow #primitivearrow #primitivearrows #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #stickbow #selfbow #traditionalbow #vinemaplebow #survivalbow #survivalarrow #survivalskills #survival #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #primitiveskills #huntergatherer #flufluarrow #barkfletching #naturalmaterials #naturalcordage #localmaterials #bcusa.

Pebble-tipped blunt arrow.  This is a really basic design, with a semi-round pebble stuck into a maple shaft with multiple splits.  I secured it with pitch glue and nettles fibers and was surprised at how well it all held together after a dozen or so shots at stumps and dead trees. I think the basic idea here is that you could shoot this at a bird or squirrel without damaging it too badly or worrying about your arrow sticking into a tree trunk out of reach.  Besides that, not having to chip, carve, or grind a point is a huge time saver.  It isn’t nearly as pretty as a sharp slate point, but I see more birds and squirrels than deer, so I think this design has a lot going for it. I have seen my buddy @field_expedient taking squirrels with blunt arrows recently so they are clearly effective on critters that size; but I’m curious what the upper limit would be.  Would a blunt arrow be effective on a grouse sized bird? It’s still in good shape so I’ll throw it in the pile for poultry testing to see if it does any damage to a grocery store chicken, but I would love to hear from you guys that actually hunt with blunt arrows. #pebblearrow #bluntarrow #bluntiparrow #smallgamearrow #primitivearrow #primitivearrows #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #stickbow #selfbow #traditionalbow #vinemaplebow #survivalbow #survivalarrow #survivalskills #survival #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #primitiveskills #huntergatherer #flufluarrow #barkfletching #naturalmaterials #naturalcordage #localmaterials #bcusa ...

New Gourna Village, designed by a #pioneer of #sustainable #architecture , #HassanFathy was commissioned by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities in 1945. The goal was to use #localmaterials and techniques to relocate Old #Gourna a community of amateur #archeologists that had sprung up near the ancient sites, and in doing so, curtail damage and looting at nearby Pharaonic sites as well as facilitate #tourism development. Only part of the goal was realized. 
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Hassan Fathy was a noted #Egyptian architect who pioneered appropriate #technology for building in #Egypt especially by working to reestablish the use of #adobe and #traditional as opposed to western building designs and layouts. Fathy was recognized with the #AgaKhan Chairmans award for Architecture in 1980. 
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Fathy
#architectureofthepoor 
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#eartharchitecture #earthconstruction #luxor #africa #architecturelover #terracruda #adobebrick.

New Gourna Village, designed by a #pioneer of #sustainable #architecture , #HassanFathy was commissioned by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities in 1945. The goal was to use #localmaterials and techniques to relocate Old #Gourna a community of amateur #archeologists that had sprung up near the ancient sites, and in doing so, curtail damage and looting at nearby Pharaonic sites as well as facilitate #tourism development. Only part of the goal was realized. _____ Hassan Fathy was a noted #Egyptian architect who pioneered appropriate #technology for building in #Egypt especially by working to reestablish the use of #adobe and #traditional as opposed to western building designs and layouts. Fathy was recognized with the #AgaKhan Chairmans award for Architecture in 1980. _____ Source: www.wmf.org https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Fathy #architectureofthepoor _____ #eartharchitecture #earthconstruction #luxor #africa #architecturelover #terracruda #adobebrick ...

Fatwood fletching. I was recently shooting some leaf-fletched arrows and needed to repair them, but couldn’t  find any salal or rhododendron nearby; so I tried jamming a piece of wood in there and was surprised to see that it worked well and was more durable than leaves or bark.

I wanted to try again today and figured I might as well make these ones pretty by using fatwood.  They flew…ok.  They weren’t as stable as the last time and I suspect it is because I made these arrows especially heavy to accommodate for the split rear and material removed from the shaft to accommodate the fatwood.  I am just speculating here, but I assume that heavier arrows are more difficult to stabilize due to momentum, and I think these would have flown better if they were a bit thinner; so I’ll repeat the experiment with some lighter arrows. 
The points are made from fatwood as well, big leaf maple sucker shafts, and nettles fibers holding everything together.

I carved the leading edge of these down so they are pretty smooth and I think I could shoot them without gloves and not be cut; but the thought of one splitting and going into my hand was enough for me to keep my gloves on. 
#gosuckatsomething #fatwoodfletching #splitarrowfletching #alternativefletching #primitivearrows  #primitivearrow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #experimentalarchaeology #stickbow #selfbow #crudebow #survivalbow #primitivebow #vinemaplebow #thatvinemaplethough #thatfatwoodthough #fatwood #douglasfirfatwood #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #primitiveskills #huntergather #naturalmaterials #localmaterials #bushcraftusa #bcusa.

Fatwood fletching. I was recently shooting some leaf-fletched arrows and needed to repair them, but couldn’t  find any salal or rhododendron nearby; so I tried jamming a piece of wood in there and was surprised to see that it worked well and was more durable than leaves or bark. I wanted to try again today and figured I might as well make these ones pretty by using fatwood.  They flew…ok.  They weren’t as stable as the last time and I suspect it is because I made these arrows especially heavy to accommodate for the split rear and material removed from the shaft to accommodate the fatwood.  I am just speculating here, but I assume that heavier arrows are more difficult to stabilize due to momentum, and I think these would have flown better if they were a bit thinner; so I’ll repeat the experiment with some lighter arrows. The points are made from fatwood as well, big leaf maple sucker shafts, and nettles fibers holding everything together. I carved the leading edge of these down so they are pretty smooth and I think I could shoot them without gloves and not be cut; but the thought of one splitting and going into my hand was enough for me to keep my gloves on. #gosuckatsomething #fatwoodfletching #splitarrowfletching #alternativefletching #primitivearrows   #primitivearrow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #experimentalarchaeology #stickbow #selfbow #crudebow #survivalbow #primitivebow #vinemaplebow #thatvinemaplethough #thatfatwoodthough #fatwood #douglasfirfatwood #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #primitiveskills #huntergather #naturalmaterials #localmaterials #bushcraftusa #bcusa ...

Crude mystery stone points.  I have no idea what kind of rock this is but it is extremely hard, and breaks with relatively sharp edges.  The color doesn’t show up well in these shots, but it has a distinct blue tint to it.  I have zero knapping skills so I used the smash and crush technique; hitting it between two rocks and looking for pieces that were roughly arrowhead shaped.  There were much better flakes than these that I ruined trying to knock off chunks that didn’t fit the form, so these were the best I could come up with this time.  You would have to apply a fair amount of force to cut yourself on these, so I know @huntprimitive would be shaking his head at me, but in case it isn’t obvious, I’m just learning through trial and error with what I can find in my local woods. 
Some of the natural sharp edges that resulted would pretty easily slice skin, and I  suspect that these would work on small game; but that’s just speculation at this point.  I’ll see how these do against some pork ribs, but more than these specific points; I’m excited to have found a new material with potential.

I can’t work it nearly as easily as slate yet, but it is really tough stuff, so I think these will prove to be the most durable points I’ve made yet. 
I know I’ve seen similar rocks in the riverbeds before, so hopefully I can get better at working with it.  I know rocks are tough to identify by photos alone, but let me know if you have any guesses.  I tried pressing thin flakes off of it with a nail and it didn’t budge, and it throws huge sparks off of carbon steel if that helps with any hardness questions. 
The arrows are big leaf maple suckers, with maple bark skirts.  The foreshafts are vine maple, and everything is held in place with pitch glue and stinging nettle fibers. 
#gosuckatsomething #mysterystonepoint #bluestonepoints #gotnoflint #crudepoints #crudearrowheads #arrowheadsofinstagram #primitivearrows #survivalarrows #naturalarrows #naturalmaterials #naturalfibers #stingingnettles #primitivearchery #primitiveskills #huntergather #bushcraft #bushcraftskills #survival #survivalskills #pitchglue #sharprocks # #pnwmaterials #localmaterials #bcusa.

Crude mystery stone points.  I have no idea what kind of rock this is but it is extremely hard, and breaks with relatively sharp edges.  The color doesn’t show up well in these shots, but it has a distinct blue tint to it.  I have zero knapping skills so I used the smash and crush technique; hitting it between two rocks and looking for pieces that were roughly arrowhead shaped.  There were much better flakes than these that I ruined trying to knock off chunks that didn’t fit the form, so these were the best I could come up with this time.  You would have to apply a fair amount of force to cut yourself on these, so I know @huntprimitive would be shaking his head at me, but in case it isn’t obvious, I’m just learning through trial and error with what I can find in my local woods. Some of the natural sharp edges that resulted would pretty easily slice skin, and I suspect that these would work on small game; but that’s just speculation at this point.  I’ll see how these do against some pork ribs, but more than these specific points; I’m excited to have found a new material with potential. I can’t work it nearly as easily as slate yet, but it is really tough stuff, so I think these will prove to be the most durable points I’ve made yet. I know I’ve seen similar rocks in the riverbeds before, so hopefully I can get better at working with it.  I know rocks are tough to identify by photos alone, but let me know if you have any guesses.  I tried pressing thin flakes off of it with a nail and it didn’t budge, and it throws huge sparks off of carbon steel if that helps with any hardness questions. The arrows are big leaf maple suckers, with maple bark skirts.  The foreshafts are vine maple, and everything is held in place with pitch glue and stinging nettle fibers. #gosuckatsomething #mysterystonepoint #bluestonepoints #gotnoflint #crudepoints #crudearrowheads #arrowheadsofinstagram #primitivearrows #survivalarrows #naturalarrows #naturalmaterials #naturalfibers #stingingnettles #primitivearchery #primitiveskills #huntergather #bushcraft #bushcraftskills #survival #survivalskills #pitchglue #sharprocks # #pnwmaterials #localmaterials #bcusa ...

This is our architecture, which tries to re-apply what we have. Our architecture is a simple architecture that tries to explore the richness of the archipelago/nusantara architecture, starting from the small and simple things, namely from the craftsmanship and the material. Because in our opinion, one of the strengths of the archipelago/nusantara architecture is its craftsmanship and abundant local material. We want to bring back the local material so that it can become an alternative when there are a lot of modern materials now entering Indonesia. On the other hand, our architecture also continues to uphold the principles of other archipelago/nusantara architecture, such as the principle of shade, response to the tropical climate and its philosophical values. We started with something as simple as possible, trying to restore the archipelago's spirit by giving our craftsmen the opportunity to interact, communicate with material more intensely and deeply. In order for their creativity to reappear. Our architecture tries to challenge and test their abilities. whereas the material we use is materials that they normally use everyday in the present, such as; bricks, light brick/eco block, roster, wood, cement etc.

#andyrahmanarchitect 
#indonesiancraftsmanship 
#barefootarchitects
#arsitekturketukangan 
#arsitekturnusantaramengkini 
#tektonikanusantara
#arsitekturnusantara 
#arsitekturindonesia
#arsitekindonesia 
#localmaterials 
#indonesianlocalmaterials
#indonesianarchitecture 
#batubata 
#indonesia.

This is our architecture, which tries to re-apply what we have. Our architecture is a simple architecture that tries to explore the richness of the archipelago/nusantara architecture, starting from the small and simple things, namely from the craftsmanship and the material. Because in our opinion, one of the strengths of the archipelago/nusantara architecture is its craftsmanship and abundant local material. We want to bring back the local material so that it can become an alternative when there are a lot of modern materials now entering Indonesia. On the other hand, our architecture also continues to uphold the principles of other archipelago/nusantara architecture, such as the principle of shade, response to the tropical climate and its philosophical values. We started with something as simple as possible, trying to restore the archipelago's spirit by giving our craftsmen the opportunity to interact, communicate with material more intensely and deeply. In order for their creativity to reappear. Our architecture tries to challenge and test their abilities. whereas the material we use is materials that they normally use everyday in the present, such as; bricks, light brick/eco block, roster, wood, cement etc. #andyrahmanarchitect #indonesiancraftsmanship #barefootarchitects #arsitekturketukangan #arsitekturnusantaramengkini #tektonikanusantara #arsitekturnusantara #arsitekturindonesia #arsitekindonesia #localmaterials #indonesianlocalmaterials #indonesianarchitecture #batubata #indonesia ...

Balancing weight and durability.  In one sense; making arrows is easy.  Put something sharp and or kind of heavy on the end of a stick and hope it flies straight.  That’s how I got started and I’m not much beyond that now, but I’m learning a lot through trial and error.

I’m still looking for that ideal set-up for my local environment; made with materials I could expect to gather and process in a day or two, and this slate/cedar/cottonwood bark/nettles set-up is pretty close. 
I have been playing around with using western red cedar for the shafts and it seems to have a lot going for it in this role.  It is extremely light, so the arrows I made from it seem to fly a lot faster than dogwood, maple, or salmonberry shafts.  However one of the most beneficial things about using this material is that it is already dry and can be carved straight without the need for bending it over heat. 
The downside comes in durability.  I have been making them progessivly thinner to see what I can get away with and I think this might just be the sweet spot for this bow.  I have a basic understanding of arrow spine weights, but it is not really something I’m actively factoring in yet, just making different diameter arrows and seeing what seems to work best.

In this case, the arrow flew fast and straight, slamming into an old stump; getting through the punky layer and embedding itself in some semi-solid wood.  The slate point held up great, but I suspect I did not sit it deep enough into the cedar shaft and I ended up breaking the arrow before the point.  I’ll try improving that on the next one and see how it holds up.  #gosuckatsomething #slatepoint #slatearrowhead #groundslate #arrowheadsofinstagram #barkfletching #primitivearrows #primitivearrow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #experimentalarchaeology #stickbow #selfbow #crudebow #survivalbow #primitivebow #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #primitiveskills #huntergather #naturalmaterials #localmaterials #bushcraftusa #bcusa.

Balancing weight and durability.  In one sense; making arrows is easy.  Put something sharp and or kind of heavy on the end of a stick and hope it flies straight.  That’s how I got started and I’m not much beyond that now, but I’m learning a lot through trial and error. I’m still looking for that ideal set-up for my local environment; made with materials I could expect to gather and process in a day or two, and this slate/cedar/cottonwood bark/nettles set-up is pretty close. I have been playing around with using western red cedar for the shafts and it seems to have a lot going for it in this role.  It is extremely light, so the arrows I made from it seem to fly a lot faster than dogwood, maple, or salmonberry shafts.  However one of the most beneficial things about using this material is that it is already dry and can be carved straight without the need for bending it over heat. The downside comes in durability.  I have been making them progessivly thinner to see what I can get away with and I think this might just be the sweet spot for this bow.  I have a basic understanding of arrow spine weights, but it is not really something I’m actively factoring in yet, just making different diameter arrows and seeing what seems to work best. In this case, the arrow flew fast and straight, slamming into an old stump; getting through the punky layer and embedding itself in some semi-solid wood.  The slate point held up great, but I suspect I did not sit it deep enough into the cedar shaft and I ended up breaking the arrow before the point.  I’ll try improving that on the next one and see how it holds up.  #gosuckatsomething #slatepoint #slatearrowhead #groundslate #arrowheadsofinstagram #barkfletching #primitivearrows  #primitivearrow #primitivearchery #traditionalarchery #experimentalarchaeology #stickbow #selfbow #crudebow #survivalbow #primitivebow #bushcraftskills #bushcraft #survivalskills #survival #primitiveskills #huntergather #naturalmaterials #localmaterials #bushcraftusa #bcusa ...

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After a few days of rest and getting things back in order, I've started unloading my pots and spending time with them. These are two favorite mugs out of the wood firing, and feel like they may be leading to new directions. On the front mug, I did some new patterning with slip, which is subtle here but an exciting jumping off point. The back mug has a local slip from Kings Mountain NC. It's sourced from a mica mine, and sparkles when you use it with the remaining flecks of mica. In the kiln, it flashed yellow to purple--colors I've never been able to get like this before. We'll see what it does in the soda kiln when I fire next!

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After a few days of rest and getting things back in order, I've started unloading my pots and spending time with them. These are two favorite mugs out of the wood firing, and feel like they may be leading to new directions. On the front mug, I did some new patterning with slip, which is subtle here but an exciting jumping off point. The back mug has a local slip from Kings Mountain NC. It's sourced from a mica mine, and sparkles when you use it with the remaining flecks of mica. In the kiln, it flashed yellow to purple--colors I've never been able to get like this before. We'll see what it does in the soda kiln when I fire next! #mugshot #mugshotmonday #mug #monday #coffee #coffeelover #tea #woodkiln #woodfire #starworks #ceramics #stoneware #pottery #porcelain #wildclay #localmaterials #darkstar #localslip #mica #flashing ...

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