Daily doings of a bushcrafter.

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  1. One Legged Josh

    One Legged Josh Dirt Merchant Supporter Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    I searched and have not found a similar thread. If you did something today, that was bushcraft related, but is not worthy of its own thread; post it here.
    Not all projects are "self made gear" or any other specific forum category...So I figured general discussion was the best arena.

    With that said....what did you do today?

    8-15-2011

    I got a monster belt grinder from my Dad, I cleaned it, and got it set up in the garage.

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    Another member had this old double that needed some "love" so I pounded out the old haft, and started hand sanding it.

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    It is looking much better now, but the only ID marks I can find are "BEN" or maybe it is "REN".
     
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    LOL, Josh, we did the same thing! Set up a belt sander and Max has been busy putting some knives back into shape. We routinely pick up "junk" knives from flea markets and thrift shops. Max also worked on a sheath he's making for a machete we bought at an auction.

    This evening we took a short walk in the woods around our place checking out the mushroom plugs we used to innoculate tree stumps (while we cut last years firewood). Looks like some of them took and hopefully we'll have a nice flush this fall. We're pretty jazzed about that.
     
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    8-17-11

    I decided to find out how tough osage really was.....Its very TOUGH!

    I made a one stick fire, and started making a spoon while watching the fire...

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    It is harder than most to carve the bowl on.

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    But it turned out pretty well.

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    I used my ESEE 4 and a Mora crook knife. (both need sharpened now)

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    Ive been restoring two old corn knives I found and I worked on rubbing them down again to try and remove some of the grime on them.
     
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    Well, no pics but I built a twig fire ( with 3 times prep), feather sticks, made tea on said fire, started it with bow drill, tested several found rocks for flint and steel, turned bits of oak and dogwood into shavings with a Turley Cooper's Creek and a Adventure Sworn Classic Woodlore, sharpened both knives with a strop, and made char cloth.

    It was a good day.
    Ches
     
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    Tram mod. Took a neglected tram

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    started cleaning it up and seeing where it takes me.

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    I am re-finishing the stock on an Remington Model 514 that my Grandpa, Dad and my Uncle used in the 60's and 70's. The butt of the stock had been cut down at sometime and there was a split which didn't really affect the usefulness of the rifle but I decided to re-finish it so it would last another 40+ years.

    The bolts in these were known to break or fall out and this one has been brazed together at one time so I am considering having it TIG'd or I may just clean up the weld a bit. It also needed a new extractor so I spent sometime on Numerich looking for replacements.

    Will try and get a photo or two as it progresses.
     
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    Have been trying to figure out how to strap a big ole cheapo tarp to the bottom of my med. alice without any nylon webbing (dont have any). Used some spare shoulder strap bottoms and a carabeener run through the loop, worked like a dream!
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    That spoon and "spork" look nice man. As does the polished axe head. :dblthumb:
    Are ya going to post the axes' finished process; handle and all?
     
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    Just sharpened my main bush knife so I can peal a pear from my orchard. LOL.
     
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    I made sheaths. :(
     
  12. One Legged Josh

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    Thanks, and yes...I will post as I go. I might do a heavy 19 inch straight handle on this one....Kind of like a jumbo "cruiser" style double bit. I dont need a long haft on my axes, because I have to sit to use them anyways.
     
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    Cutting and spliting a huge ol'redoak the wind blew over, it was already dead. Some pretty wood as I'm splitting. Thinking on making something out of. I need a few handles, maybe a few for knife handles.
     
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    Mowed 4 acres. More importantly, my girls wanted to shoot. So we did that after the mowing was done.
     
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    Not too much today. Sharpened my Mora and touched up the edge on a Hultafors.
     
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    My son and I rode our bikes down to the park outside of town, made a fire, hung in the hammock, ate some Vienna sausages, practice fire prep and using a firesteel, goofed off and had fun in the woods. Oh, I also showed him how to light punkwood to keep skeeters away.
     
  17. One Legged Josh

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    I will trade you a brand new spoon for that old machete! Im a nice guy like that. :)
     
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    The only thing I do this time of year is fish, and fish some more. On a non-bushy note I am make a few goalie masks.
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    No pics but have a new edc pocket knife, a SAK Farmer I got last week in a trade. I dug out my Gradnpas strop and proved to myself what you guys have been telling me for a while, stropping a blade makes it wicked sharp!
     
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    Like the spoon Josh.I'm still working an old camp axe head up so I can put a handle on it tough to do when you live in an apt but it fills out my evenings.
     
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    Let's see, I cooked some fish tonight and I touched up the edge on my Svord Peasant.
    You know, there is something peaceful about sharpening a knife.
     
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    no pics but am making video clips (will post if it all works out)-for the 3rd day in a row i have worked my day job and then my night job and came home to play with clay at 9pm.if you saw my last video i brought home a bunch of clay from the fossil grounds and dried it and pulverized it and added some sand and made a bunch of things that look like a 4yr old made them.tonight i am done and done in good time as i am dead tired but wanted to finish so they can dry up before this week-end so i can try to fire them oldschool in a campfire -we'll see :)
     
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    i find myself hiding in my workshop sharpening knives quite often lately -for me it's a nice wind down time and my knives have never been all so sharp at once -i need to get out (big trip in 9 days for 8 days) :)
     
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    Ground on a mod I'm working on. And started on a pair of corn husk sandals.
     
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    oh yeah...

    I forgot I made a few flint strikers Saturday before it got hot.
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    I'm a better blacksmith than a photographer.
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    Night guys, jury duty tomorrow.
    Donk.
     
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    I cant wait to see your Jerusalem cruisers! :)
     
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    my daughter likes to jump up and down on her bed
    so i had to whittle a piece of wood and fashion it to the rail of her bed with some glue (it belonged to her great great grandmaw)
    i don't believe they make those parts anymore
     

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    I like them! Nice work.
     
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    :11::32::32::32::32:OOOOOHH MMMAAAANNNNNNN!!!!
     
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    Picked up a sewing machine not to long ago. Learning how to use it. Nothing special, made up three pouches out of painters tarp. Good way to practice!

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    All I did today was round up my chickens when they got loose...
     
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    I set a trap for my neighbor. She has had a racoon eating her sweet corn. I'm hoping to have a new skin and something to roast in the morning.
     
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    Fill it with sweet 'taters before cooking it...Hoo-wee thats good.
     
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    Yes sir, sweet taters and carrots inside. Baste it with butter and molasses that's been thinned down with hot chicken broth enough to brush on .
     
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    Yesterday sharpened my axes and 'hawk.
    Today sharpened my regular use knives and went for a hike with the missus. Ate lots of berries along the way :)
     
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    I think you probably got more time in that osage orange spoon. Might not be a bad deal for me.:D We had an old orchard of that on our farm growing up in IL. That orchard is where I learned to sharpen a chainsaw cutting fenceposts. HARD stuff. BTW, fun thread! Thanks.
     
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    Well yesterday I tried out the hammock straps/tree huggers I made Monday and Tuesday. Also experimented with setting up the tarp I'm planning on using (it's an old dome tent rain fly). Mixed results with the tarp, I'm gonna have to play around some more with it due to the non-flat shape. But the straps held beautifully and it was the first outside hang for my new Byers Moskito. Also sprayed them all with Permethrin. I got outside pics of the setup, but took them with my camera and didn't bring the card with me, but here are some inside shots I took with my phone...

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    I inherited Granddad's leather working tools. I have no idea how old some of them are, but I know that the alphabet stamps are old enough that the foam "holder" inside the box had completely fallen apart into foam dust. So I used one of my new knives from the knife swap to make a replacement insert from some scraps of walmart blue foam padding.
     
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    finished hanging the door to my oldest sons room and got the drain done on the new kitchen sink.
     
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    Got hold of a Becker BK9 recently so took it to the woods .

    Found a couple of nice dead Scots Pines and harvested a good haul of fat wood, the best I've found so far.

    Sawed and pared it into rough blocks.

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    Today I worked a little more on a knife that I'm putting some scales on.
    I tried to make a button out of antler... Didn't cut it straight, so I've been spending some time trying to sand (and file) it straight. :eek:
    Oh, and I've just begun on a leather "dice - pouch" that my wife's boss asked if I could make for her (it's gonna be a birthday present for someone in her roleplaying-group)...
    That's about it for today. :)
     
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    I made a sheath for my 14" Tramontina bolo and i re-whipped my 12" Tramontina
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    I also worked on my stacked bark handle knife (no pics)

    I might start grinding down the bark on the knife handle but idk yet. maybe tomorrow.
     
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    I like that sheath idea is it just canvas???
     
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    Thursdays are my day off so it also typically becomes my project day. My dad and mom picked up this knife on their honeymoon almost 40 years ago. They bought it at a craft show or something like that somewhere out west (they camped cross country for a month for their honeymoon). I found it at the house the other day and asked him if I could clean it up for him!

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    yeah just some painters drop cloth
     
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    Sewing is a good skill to have man. Plus those sacks look official lol. :D
     
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    Well these past few days I've been working on the backyard some. Few details are a 7 year old pile of brush needed burning, so I've now got a good sized fire pit to burn and relax by. Also needed to build a new fence for my garden so my brother in law and i got some lumber and welded wire fence and got to work. All told about 70 bucks in materials turned into a very nice fence. Itd about 4 foot tall with a gate and pressure treated posts.

    I'll include some pictures later for you guys. All in all I'm very proud of the simple fence and burn pit, was a busy week for me. I'll put up some other pictures of other projects I've done this week.

    Awesome thread OLJ, i think I'll keep this thread saved.

    -Brandon
     
  48. Mr.Black

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    The other day I made a Bracelet but color did not match my boots so I hung it on a fence and made it Rain lol
    True Story.
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    Don't do either of these things. lol
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    I went to Dads shop today and he and I pounded out 2 new strikers for a member of the forum. We also cleaned his shop up, and I hung his old medium ALICE on a new frame for him.

    Used the gas forge today, and passed on the coal.

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    Here they be. (I like the "double scroll" more than the "snail" style personally.)

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    man those are pretty cool Olj .. think on tryin to make a forge a friend gave me a hand full of rr spikes today
     

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