How to make birchbark tar

Birch tar or pitch is a truly ancient substance – used as long ago as the mesolithic stone age to attach an axe head to the handle or fletching to arrows, and is also useful for creating torches. This video demonstrates a more convenient method for collecting the tar, using scavenged tin cans. In the book, we explore other examples of the dry distillation of wood in producing valuable substances, or even for powering a car.

(PS: Yeah, I don’t know about the smoked badger fur either….)

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