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Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Traditional Tools Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Going through this book, is a lot like attending one of those summer mountain man rendezvous. It's a great lesson in the appreciation of modern convenience and comfort. --Statesman Journal

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Here is the most comprehensive guide yet to making your own Native American tools and weapons. A valuable reference for these ancient arts, Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools takes you through the steps of the basic flint-knapping of arrowheads and scrapers to the most complex decorating and finishing techniques of painting and fletching. Also included are chapters on material, tools, and the workplace.
The history of the implements is provided, along with a primer on working with flint. Complete instruction is then given on:

digging tools
axes
knives
hide scrapers
spear points
arrowheads
baskets and packs
chisels
harpoons
hooks and line
fish traps
fish nets
spear throwers
slings blow guns
bolas
rabbit sticks
game clubs
traps and snares decoys
calls
spears
darts
bows
arrows
tomahawks
clubs
daggers
lances
shields

Richly illustrated with photographs and line illustrations, Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools is perfect for the survivalist, historian, student, or Native American enthusiast.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159228020X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592280209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, And Survival Tools is the definitive instructional guide to making Native American tools and weapons. Author Monte Burch takes the reader through all the steps of the basic flint knapping of arrowheads and scrapers to the most complex decorating and finishing techniques of painting and fletching. Of special interest are the chapters dedicated to materials, tools, and the workplace. Readers will learn how to make digging tools, axes, knives, spear points, arrowheads, baskets, harpoons, fish traps, blow guns, tomahawks, traps, lances, shields, and so much more. Enhanced throughout with photographs and line illustrations, Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, And Survival Tools will make an enduringly popular addition to any personal, academic or community library's Native American Studies Collections and is especially recommended reading for survivalists, authors of western novels seeking authenticity in their history backgrounds, and students of Native American history and artifacts.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Outside on November 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
"A Guide to Manufacturing Native Replicas with Modern Tools" might be a more accurate title. Nothing new offered here, just skimpy information that lacks many details and has the feel of material skimmed from other, more informative books. Birch clearly has experience with some of the skills yet his ability to translate knowledge to paper is lacking. Someone who knows what they are doing can fill in the often large gaps in the information, but then they don't need the book, do they? I always look for the one piece of new information that merits the purchase of a book and was hard pressed to find one here. I should add that Burch is a "professional" author and writes from that vantage point rather than from that of a practitioner of the skills he covers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brett Colgrove on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was dissapointed after reading this book.
Must detail was missing and I was left asking many questions.
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Format: Hardcover
I like the book very much. I've been wanting to learn to knapp fpr some time and have looked at many books and this one is the best I've found. The illustrations are good and the intructions are easy to understand and Mr. Burch guides with a love for the skills he teaches.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wagner on August 5, 2009
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I was surprised at the detail I found in this book's instructions. You can build anything form bows and arrows to fish traps. My daughters and I caught a fish within one hour of our camping trip. This is a great book for scouts and outdoorsman alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Jones on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the book immensely- chock full of illustrations and pictures. Very straight forward tips on creating edged stone weapons and bows.
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By T. B. Woodring on March 4, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a resource to learn a little bit more about practical home-made tools, specifically the Cherokee style blow dart gun. It mentions this process and finished product but not in the detail it does for making arrowheads (flintknapping) and crating up a long bow. If your looking for a book for ether of those things including making shafts for arrows this is it. I'm glad I bought the book overall, its much thicker than I originally anticipated as well which was another plus. I rated it only as a 3 because of my anticipation for a more in depth section on weapons. I would buy it again however
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By Linda on January 7, 2014
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I got this book for my husband who is a flintknapper (makes arrowheads). I usually get him flintknapping books but saw this one as one of the side books on the page and purchased it for a Christmas present. He has a bow that was made by a friend and has seen many homemade bows at the Knap-Ins we go to. It is a very good book with very good instructions. When he opened the present, he immediately said, "Yes! It is a book", as he knows I usually get him books and he loves the knapping ones, but he was thrilled with this one.
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