Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Making of The "Pisiksi"

Wood is carved down to the proper size and perfect shape. Then was reinforced by whale or caribou sinew for extra spring and power. Different plants were used at first to create the string for the bow, but these plants were harder to harvest and definitely not very strong, so by trial and error, the Natives perfected the bow by discovering that sinew worked much better and was also easier to obtain. The sinew looks tattered and worn after all the years, yet still very strong. Also the wood seems to have a glossy finish, but this could be from hand oil and use over time.

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