Monthly Project - May 2012

Discussion in 'Monthly Projects' started by Zig, Apr 27, 2012.

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Which project?

Poll closed May 4, 2012.
  1. Repurpose 3 non-recyclable items

    23.8%
  2. Walking stick monopod

    38.1%
  3. Bullroarer

    19.0%
  4. Natural clay project

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  1. Zig

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    It's that time of the month again, folks! Here's the options for this month.

    Option 1. Repurpose 3 non-recyclable items from your trash. This one is tricky because so many of our usual go to items for DIY stuff are recyclable. This means no tin cans, glass bottles, etc. The one exception is that paper items are fair game.

    Option 2. Build a walking stick monopod. You can use any materials you want. The only requirement is that it is capable of having a camera attached to it and that it will hold that camera upright without someone to hold it that way. I think this would be very useful especially after reading that thread about how to improve our YouTube videos.

    Option 2. Alternate Suggested by buroak. If the monopod wins, you may also opt to build a walking stick (no monopod) if you use naturally gathered materials.

    Option 3. Make a bullroarer from gathered materials. You may use artificial cordage.

    Option 4. Submitted by buroak. Collect natural clay and use it to make something useful at home or in camp. Fire it in an open wood fire if possible.

    Happy crafting!
     
  2. Zig

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    First of the month bump. Voting is over in a few days so get them in!


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    The walking stick (monopod or natural materials non-monopod) is the winner!

    Good luck everyone and happy crafting!
     
  5. dracothered

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    How do we enter a item and can it be any type of walking stick? How about finishing it, does that include not using store bought finishes such as stains and polyurethanes?
     
  6. Zig

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    Hey dracothered, you bring up some valid points. Here's clarification or everyone.

    Monopod - Any materials are fine as long as it can hold a camera upright.
    Walking stick - Use only natural materials for the body of the walking stick. You may add some store bought bits as long as you keep in the spirit of the project by using naturally occurring materials you bought in the store.

    In general, the options listed in the first post for these monthly projects are more guidelines than hard and fast rules. It's all about getting everyone to do some crafting! So, while it doesn't really fit the "rules," if you want to add a rubber foot or use polyurethane instead of linseed oil, go for it!
     
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    Thanks just wanted to know if I had to come up with some nature found finish which to be honest I wouldn't know what I could use or find here in Michigan. I have my walking stick started just need to finish it.
     
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    Birch tar and pine tar make great finishes, but I don't know if you have them out in Michigan. If you don't use them on this project, keep them in mind for future uses.
     
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    in the works...is the pic to big? ? call 1 800-who-cares

    top part done ...also good as a ground sticker for now...but i will attach it to a bamboo stick soon

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    That is a cool idea...
     
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    That is a really good idea!
     
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    Awesome! I stumbled across this monthly project thread. What a great idea! I didn't vote, but I just finished a hiking stick today. I'll post a picture tomorrow when it light out.
     
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    Grabbed a pic. Hopefully it counts, if not, oh well.
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    Looks like a fine walking stick to me!
     
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    Sure does count skummdogg!

    These are some really nice looking walking sticks/monopods. I love the innovation people come up with on these projects.
     
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    Here’s my walking stick monopod. First, I found a small sassafras tree that had honeysuckle growing around it. That’s what made the spirals. Then I removed the bark.

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    I tried different size bolts in the bottom of my camera and found that a ¼ inch bolt worked. So I cut the head off the bolt, drilled a hole in the end of the stick and glued the bolt in the stick.

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    Next, I screwed the camera on the bolt.

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    I put the stick in a hole in the ground so it would stand up.

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    Nice! I was working on one with the bolt idea. I was going to give it to my wife, but it split badly. I scrapped it.
     
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    I decided to try all the projects this month. Here’s what I came up with for the “Repurpose 3 non-recyclable items”.

    My wife does a lot of quilting. I saw her throw some small pieces of cloth in the trash. I got them out and pulled several threads that I could use to tie some fishing flies.

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    I started to throw away an empty milk carton but then decided it could be used to put a plant in until it could be planted in the garden.

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    I am also working on the clay project. I needed to find something to put my wet clay in until I was ready to use it. Our morning newspaper comes in a plastic bag. They are made of a very tough plastic. I usually throw them in the trash. So I tried using one for the clay and it worked fine.

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  19. Zig

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    Excellent work buroak! Good on you for doing several of the projects. I can't wait to see the finished clay project.


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    Here’s what I came up with for the “Natural clay project”.

    First, I dug some clay from a pond bank. After it dried, I pounded it into small particles and then run it through some screen wire. I wet it and kept it in the plastic bags from the “Repurpose” project. These pieces are ready to fire in a camp fire.

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    These are clay beads, a button and two slingshot ammo pieces.

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    Here’s my Bullroarer.

    I had a flat piece of walnut in my firewood.

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    I used my hatchet, drawknife and K-Bar to shape the piece. Then I made a template out of paper for the shape I wanted then transferred the shape to the wood.

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    This is the edge before being sharpened.

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    This is the edge after I sharpened it.

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    I carved a hole in one end.

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    The cordage is from the inner bark of mulberry. It sounds really cool!

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    have you tried it yet?
     
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    Yes, I did try it. I found I had to spin it real fast and hard for it to start making the sound. Once it started “making music” it was a very cool sound. I had never made or used one before. Of the four projects, I think this was the most interesting to make.
     
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    Ok I have been working on a new walking stick...

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    It is the one on the right and I also started to rough out the one on the left. The two in the middle I made a while back, the oldest the middle right.
     
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    Here is my finished May project...

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    Looks good :thumbup:

    Running out of time people! Don't want the projects to stop again!

    Get em made and posted, its fun.
     
  27. Zig

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    I've got to get my butt in gear and finish editing the video of my ADK trip. I did my project up there and only took video of the finished product!

    EDIT:

    The video will definitely not be finished before the month is over. This has got me to rethinking the closing of a monthly project thread after the month is over.

    I wonder if everyone would agree. I think I'll post a poll about it.
     
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    Just clarifying...

    I don't intend to stop running the Monthly Projects. The edit in my last post is quite a bit misleading.

    What I mean is ending the tradition that the thread for a project closes at the end of the month. I.E. Today, this thread should close by the old rules. I'll continue to follow the old rules until we get a chance to discuss some possible changes.
     
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