BOARD AND SPINDLE
Find a dry, seasoned soft wood. If need be split it keeping in mind the shape you want. Rough out the general shape. Refine the shape and size. Cut in half for two kits. Add tapers to spindle and level out board.
Find curved or straight stick. Sticks with bend take pressure off the string. Use any natural Y's or notches that are present. If need be carve your own notches. Attach string with room to spare.
If possible find a harder wood such as left over wood from your bow. Make comfortable to fit in your hand and burn in hole. Rocks with curvatures or indents work well, keep an eye out for bone and shell.
Kits work great whether they are made from nicely cut heart wood or roots and branches. If you want to make a kit from stone start with steel. If you are still learning natural cordage start with synthetic rope. Keep challenging yourself but revisit the basics. Above all else remember, when we take from the land we ALWAYS have to make a good track. Do not take a branch or stone unless you are helping that tree or creek.
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