How to Make a Bamboo Fishing Spear

pic-142Back in May a neighbor gave me some bamboo, I thought I’d see what I could make with it. The first thing I made was a fishing spear.

 
First thing I did was whittle off the end just shy of a ring on the larger end, and then tied some string very tightly around the shaft at the second joint from that end, and then split it lengthwise in quarters down to the string and started shaping the tines.

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I whittled a somewhat conical shaped piece of sycamore limb, placed it between the tines, and drove it down to the joint to spread the tines, and then tied it in place with some braided line.

 

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Then I cut a joint out of another stalk and made it into a ring to use as a spreader and tine support.

 

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I cut flat spots on it for the tines to sit on.

 

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and notches inside to hold the string in place.

 

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next I whittled some notches in the tines to hold the string in place. And then put the ring in between the tines and tied it in place. Now I’m wishing I was back in Florida for a day or three.

 

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Here are a couple of shots of my oldest playing with it (before I finished it) to give some perspective…she’s 5 feet 2 inches tall.

 

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Later I made a smaller two prong spear. The first cut is when cutting down the bamboo is always easiest done on an angle.

 

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But then it’s easier to split it if you “square” off the end.

 

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Then it’s best to take a small piece of cordage and tie it off at the joint where you want it to stop, this is better on a joint because it’s easier to keep the string from moving this way.

 

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And then split the bamboo. First in half, and then in half again making a cross and this gives you four tines.

 

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Then break off two oposite tines.

 

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Then next you whittle them into the size and shape you want and sharpen them. And harden over coals.

 

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I like to make a spacer or seperator out of a joint from the remaining bamboo. This holds the tines apart, and adds a bit of strength. Just take a left over section and square off an end and clean it up good.

 

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Then bore out the center, this is better done before you cut it off when working with smaller pieces.

 

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Then cut it off

 

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Whittle it into shape

 

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Check it for fit, and then cut notches on each side of the tines for the cordage and tie it in place. Now you are ready to fish or hunt.

 

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3 Responses to “How to Make a Bamboo Fishing Spear”

  • That’s some fine whittling, I’ve been whittling fishing lures and fishing hooks for a while, I’m currently carving some hand line handles but never made a spear. Might try out with some bamboo. Nice carving on the spacer. Drew

  • graham:

    That’s a nice piece of handywork. What type of knife were you using. It has interesting features. – G

  • Kelly Cox:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m in Brazil for a few years, and another teacher who goes snorkeling was thinking about making a pole spear from bamboo. This design for the points is exactly what we’ll need.

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