Bigiwizigan: Pine Pitch

Though the harness stitch is highly effective at creating a good and watertight seam, the canoe is pitched with a glue made by mixing the pitch of pines (or spruces) with deer fat and wood ash.  This glue seals stitches, holes, cracks, and cuts in the bark.  Pitch can be harvested by using a hatchet to knock dried and hardened pitch off the outside of a scarred tree, or by harvesting fresh and sticky pitch off a cut.  Pitch runs best during the heat of the summer.

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