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I’m really digging the collection of user-submitted articles on primitive technology over at PrimitiveWays. So far, one of my favorites is this article, by one Dino Labiste, about how to treat the natural pith in a deer antler to make an adhesive bed for a stub-tang blade.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Mig

    top. I wonder if I can snap a piece off a deer’s head when he’s not looking.

    “Alright mate, have you seen over there, there’s this smokin’ hot doe”


    *snap*, *yoink*

    “I don’t see any- Ah the bastard”

    • Roach

      You just have to wander the woods at the right time of year. Deer shed their antlers every year (around the beginning of Spring, I think). It amazes me just how much growth goes into those things in such a short time.

      Actually, if you find a buck at the right time you just may be able to yank them off. This is a very bad idea, because it will piss him off something fierce and he will crush your head with his hooves in response. ;)

  • obo

    What a misleading headline. I though we were going to learn about how to arm deer with knives.