How Our Forefathers Made Glue Out of Pine Resin

By Arminius February 24, 2017 13:47

How Our Forefathers Made Glue Out of Pine Resin

Making glue out of pine resin is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to bind something together when you’re out in the wild. It’s strong, easy to carry, and durable.


Before making your glue, you need to collect some resin. After that, you will need to find a container to heat the glue in, a fire to heat it on, and some charcoal, which you can collect straight from the fire.How to make glue out of pine resin-Ingredients

Step One: Melting the Resin

After the fire is lit and the wood is burning, take some charcoal from the fire (or get your charcoal ready that you’ve already collected), and let it cool. Put the resin into the container, and place it on the fire.How to make glue out of pine resin-Melt

Warning: Be careful while working with the resin as it can easily catch on fire from the gasses it releases while melting. Be ready with some pliers (or any other tool) to take it off the flames, and blow the fire out so it doesn’t burn.

Step Two  (Optional): Filtering Out the Resin

While collecting the resin, it’s possible that some of the wood will be chipped away with it. You don’t need this, and it just makes your glue chunkier. So to get a smooth liquid, you need to filter it out. Grab an extra container, and put some sort of filter over it in order to catch the wood, the pine needles, and anything else that might be inside the resin you’ve collected.

Filtering must be done quickly as the resin will harden fast and clog up the holes of the filter. Move the resin around in the filter to speed up the process.How to Make Candles out of Pine Resin - Filtering 2

Step Three: Crush the Charcoal, and Mix It with the Resin

After filtering the resin out, leave the clear liquid on the fire to stay warm. You need it to be fluid for it to mix.

Grab your charcoal that you left out to cool, and crush it into a powder.
Be careful while crushing it. Move with slow movements, and crush it carefully so the charcoal dust won’t fly out.
After crushing it, dump it over the resin. What I did was put two parts resin and one part charcoal, although it depends on how you like it. Experiment with it, and find the best for you.

Making it is pretty simple and easy, but you have to work quickly as the resin hardens fast and even faster with the crushed charcoal.

Now that you have your pine resin glue, you just need to test it out. I heated the glue up once again and dumped some onto the bottom of this large bowl, placing a wine bottle onto it for it to stick.How to make glue out of pine resin - Test
After that, I let it cool for around one minute. After lifting and turning the bowl over, the wine bottle was stuck to it completely.
How to make glue out of pine resin - Test 2
The glue works, and it’s strong, durable, it dries quickly and isn’t sticky or messy. It’s completely rock hard, which makes it easy to carry around. If you want, you can put it inside a small can or stick it to a piece of wood for easy access.

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By Arminius February 24, 2017 13:47
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  1. Lucy February 24, 16:05

    All of this useful information about something so universal (at least in these parts!) opens up a window of comfort! Question: Once you’ve made the glue, do you have to just throw out what you haven’t used right away, or can the glue be heated over the fire again to soften?

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    • C. Davis February 24, 16:46

      No, no… that’s the best part… you can keep it or take it with you wherever you want… heat it and use it again… as many times as you want!

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  2. KE February 24, 16:09

    What is a good ratio for charcoal pieces to resin, or charcoal in measurement to resin amount?

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  3. Fred February 24, 17:34

    What is the purpose of the charcoal??

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  4. The Holistic Prepper February 24, 20:19

    Not only does this make great glue, but consider it like JBWeld. My father and I went white water rafting when I was 10 years of age in his aluminum flat bottom boat, which we punctured a sizeable hole in, while navigating through some rocks; he repaired it with pitch glue, and we let it sit over night as we camped on the river bank. Long story short it worked great and still is water proof, strong and in place to this day, and I’m now 55 years of age.

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    • Love the outdoors February 25, 11:59

      Wow that is cool your dad sounds like he is a fix it on the fly guy not makeing it sound like your dad is a quick fix guy and hope it holds that is not what i mean what I mean it that your dad did do a quick fix but he knew that was going to get you through your trip wish i had some one like that to teach me stuff like that but i not

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      • Gin November 3, 17:58

        many N American Indians been using ‘pine pitch’ for their canoes, arrows, etc., for a few centuries.

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  5. dep of education February 26, 08:50

    Very good article. I absolutely love this website. Keep writing!

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  6. Samuel February 28, 21:10

    In 1964 we bought property with 15 old apple trees (est. 50 yrs old) never produced any fruit, just wood and leaves. I severly pruned them. Many large limbs removed could not grow the cambium layer across to seal the wood. I used Pine resin, Linseed oil & Stove Pipe black(a retired druggist got for me the pine resin & Stove pipe black). Melted the resin & added linseed oil to a semi-soft mix then added Stove pipe black. Painted the injury across the new cut wood and cambium layer. The stove pipe black captured the sun keeping the resin mixture soft and the cambium grew across 10″ width and healed the trees. these apple trees became very productive, apples averaged 15 ounces per apple, except Johnathan apple 12.8 ounces average. Your glue blackened with charcoal ground to a powder might work with linseed oil could do the same healing. Your thoughts.

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  7. flyfisher March 1, 02:24

    My grandson and I did this and made some homemade arrows for the willow bow that he made. We found some turkey feathers and used them. He was amazed we could do that without going to the hardware store. He learned a lot about doing it yourself and ended up we went out and he shot a rabbit with his homemade bow and arrow.

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  8. Love the outdoors March 4, 10:55

    Now this lady over here she is having problems with her fruit tree buy the time her fruit ripens it has fallen on the ground and is brused what can you suggest

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    • Tigron December 23, 23:35

      Fruit tree cancer

      Cause: The fungus Nectria galligena.

      Symptoms: Cracked growths on (young) branches and stems. Branches and branch parts can die in the event of a serious attack. Fruits can also be affected. This phenomenon is called ‘nose rot’.

      Prevention: Choose varieties that have a certain resistance. Prevent new attack by removing affected branches and spots in a timely and radical manner. Keep the crown open by pruning now and then.


      Cause: The fungus Venturia ineaqualis.

      Symptoms: The leaves and young shoots are covered with black-gray spots, after which the leaves sometimes fall off en masse and the young shoots sometimes die completely. The fruits often show cracks.

      Prevention: Choose varieties that have a certain resistance.


      Cause: The fungus Podoshaera leucotricha.

      Symptoms: Young shoots in particular are covered with a white powder.

      Prevention: Prevent a new attack by removing the affected shoots at an early stage.

      Monilia fruit rot

      Cause: The fungus Monilia fructigena.

      Symptoms: Rotten spots with white yellow grouped in rings
      fruit bodies of the fungus.

      Prevention: Fighting the caterpillars that cause worminess.
      The drill holes are the entry point for this fungus.

      Worm tickiness

      Cause: The caterpillars of various types of fruit moths.

      Symptoms: Drilling passages in the fruits. The apples fall off prematurely.

      Prevention: Remove fallen and affected fruit. Stimulate the presence of natural enemies, for example by not using broad-spectrum pesticides, by planting wooded banks, by hanging birdhouses and by creating hiding places for earwigs.

      Leaf eating

      Cause: The larvae of winter butterflies.

      Symptoms: The leaves are eaten by caterpillars in the spring.

      Appearance: Apply glue bands around the trunk in early fall.

      Leaf rollers

      Cause: The caterpillars of moths.

      Symptoms: The leaves and blossoms are eaten and rolled with spindle. The fruits are also eaten.

      Prevention: Attract natural enemies (see worminess).

      Button mortality or ‘capers’

      Cause: Apple blossom beetle.

      Symptoms: Drying flower buds that no longer open and turn brown.

      Prevention: Is generally not necessary. The attack leads to a natural fruit thinning that is sometimes even desirable.

      Apple blood louse

      Cause: The mealybug Eriosoma lanigerum.

      Symptoms: White, woolly colonies cause suction damage and bile formation on the branches.

      Prevention: Natural control by parasitic wasps is usually sufficient, no action is required.

      Greetz from the Netherlands and the best wishes for next jear.

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  9. K2 September 11, 18:02

    How do you collect the resin?

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