Place tongue firmly in cheek before reading

While learning how to knap I found that there is one thing I needed that I would have difficulty obtaining. That would be sinew. Sinew is made form the tendons of certain animals like elk and deer. I was looking for a package of sinew online the other day when one of my co-workers told me not to buy any because he had quite a bit at home. So we worked out a barter arrangement wherein he would bring me some sinew and I would provide him some liquid sustenance (two sodas). When I got home today I was very surprised to see something crawling around the field behind my cave. It was a Internetius Boxificus, or the web-based package, wandering around slightly out of its natural habitat.

Since I knew that this was a rare opportunity, I ran to the closet got out my bow and a couple arrows. I took aim and shot. Luckily my wife was there with camera.

I got it!

I really didn't want to waste anything so I pulled out one of the flint blades I am working on. There are many useful pieces in the package, just avoid any invoices, they tend to leave a bitter taste.

I decided to skin the box and stake it out to dry and then harvest the tendons therein. I hope you all enjoyed my very legitimate method of harvesting wild sinew. 

Rock on!


  1. Ha haha ha!!!!!!!

    Back when I was working with things like sinew, the only computers found were at Radio Shack, and they typed out stuff on silver paper. There was no internet!

    So all I could find were (to my dismay) imitation sinew from a catalog, and good old Tandy Leather. I wish I had the real deal back then!

    Then again, it was already waxed and formed in a nice long spool lol...

    What are you going to use yours for? =)

  2. LOL! You crack me up, honey! I love the bit about the invoices :D xoxo

  3. I figured I'd use mine combined with some pine pitch to haft a flint blade to an antler handle. That is once I am able to make a blade without it breaking on me.

  4. I'm no expert on knapping, so practice, practice is my best advice!!

    Lucky you, you can watch tutorials any time you want!

    Old lady me had to try and test it out by looking at books. grr =X

  5. I prefer books. My computer is so old its practically from the stone age and will not run videos very well. Plus I can take the book with me outside.

  6. It helps to watch the process "real time" in video, but books are good too. I've done many things simply by learning from books.

    Speaking of, have you ever read the series of books by Tom Brown Jr?