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    Here they are soaking in fresh water after millennia in the ocean 15705937618693686740375352084740.jpg
     
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    Wow.
    I would certainly not be cowboy camping with those around!

    I froze. When I woke up I was very, very cold. The temperature overnight went exactly to freezing... light ground frost.
    If I had put long John's on it would have been better. A sleeping bag would have been a good idea as well.

    That's beautiful! Nice set up as well.
     
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    Ohhhh, those ones with the green, give them some polish...

    They look very jade-ish... With the white streaked in? Gorgeous!
     
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    Me too.
    But not in that weird @BetterNotBitterIsSurvival way!

    Nice.
    It went from summer to very cold here. No transition! Grumble.
     
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    20191009_180930.jpg I have possibly just done a trade for a rotary rock polisher, I will definitely polish them. They are olivine but not jade, jade or pounamu (maori name) is found on the west coast.
    If they polish up well I will post some around..
     
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    Seems same here. Snow pic coming Thursday local time. My fave place to go is supposed to get about 20 inches of snow Wednesday day into Thursday late local time. Gonna drive up just to let Red bounce in the snow and see if a local surplus place is open in the nearest town.

    Got my heavier shirts out about 3 days ago, digging through my bin of hats and gloves. Time to tune up my skis!
     
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    Great!

    Beauty knows no bounds, it is simply where one finds it :)
     
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    Yeah, same here. It always feels good... at first!
     
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    Right? Fire gains importance other than token warmth and symbolism. Quickly.
     
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    I DO love wearing my heavier wool though... Everyone goes synthetic (have my fair share), and I am comfy as ever with wool and down if its properly cared for. "Is it a bit scratchy?" I answer " Are you cold?"

    :)
     
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    hello,
    @BagheeraNZ (image 1) I'd harvest some of the large pieces of driftwood, as that may be suitable for a fire bow drill or fire plough fire starter kit if it's tinder dry. ;)
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    I have a few bits, the other day I made some willow spindles and hearth boards too I hope to have a go tomorrow making a fire bow.

    The driftwood is quite soft, nearly always pine
     
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    Almost all pine or spruce for me, where it's still somewhat "wild" here. As far as pitch pine or "fatwood", I can easily fill a box for you if you wish it. Bowdrill maybe not so much, but some spark boy does it take off...

    For bowdrill, I have yet to learn. We do have mullein stalks here to use, which should be good dry. Can send you those too, should you be interested. Easy to find with the coming snow, they stick up like dead tree saplings.
     
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    hello,
    @BagheeraNZ there are some nice sparky stones in that harvest I'd bet. As you don't have a steel striker, for now, I'd suggest a piece of broken file 3" - 4" inches in length should suffice, improvised steel striker. ;)
    Regards
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    @BagheeraNZ , another thought. Ever tried the fire plough instead of the bow drill? Put some shavings in with it?
     
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    @ExAF1N1 Im trying a bow for the first time ever tomorrow. I can't do it on friday as i'm helping my father for the day. I will put it on friction Friday.

    @DavidJAFO
    I will try that too. I better make some more charcloth.
     
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    Hmmmm.
     
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    Just checked the weather forecast. 92 for a high and 75 for the low. That nip in the air is the refrigerator door being left open.
     
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    That's why I use a hammock most of the year.
     
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    Thank you for the kind offer, but I do not think nz customs will let them through.

    I only found out about fatwood this year, nobody in Nz knows about it. I love the stuff and have 10lb in my shed
     
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    hello,
    @BagheeraNZ Bro, Rimu & Kauri = fatwood according to a member of the NZ Defence Forces both are very resinous, so it could be worth experimenting with both those species. :)
    Regards
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    I am in the east coast of the south island, no Kauri, some rimu that I will check out, it is very resinous though.
    3km from my house is a 500 acre pine forest I have been visiting for fatwood. I take my bow saw and hatchet in.

    I appreciate the tips. Where in NZ are your NZDF friends based? You're ex military?
     
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    Oh the joys of autumn, rats doing sprints upstairs. Kids and birds live there.
    Tomorrow it's time to set the traps and spread the poison.
    And finally be home long enough to light the fireplace and do some laundry...
     
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    hello,
    @BagheeraNZ according to the details the rimu is resinous & to boot if you have a pine forest nearby I'm sure you'll have a bountiful harvest there. NZDF near Auckland is all I can say. :)
    Regards
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    Just coming into spring here and i'm a bit excited. Expanded vege garden today... happy days
     
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    Greetings,

    Irrelevant, but this talk of pine and soft and fatwood... Here is a little experiment I was doing:
    20191010_072430.jpg

    I gave these beads a BLO bath. They were soaking in it for 10 days. The last pair on the right is pine. It is completely saturated. It drank the BLO like it was water in a desert.

    @BagheeraNZ, can we have a close-up photo of that knife at the beach hike of yours? What is it?

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    Christos always notices the details....
     
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    hello,
    @BagheeraNZ nice knife BTW. I do like :p lick.
    Regards
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    Thank you, I built it for my son.
    It was my 7th birthday gift for him
     
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    I have a question for everyone... I keep seeing on here (on the Hunting Amber thread and on forum in general) folks talking about using/burning driftwood. Have any of you heard that burning driftwood is toxic? I have heard about this for years and wanted to pass this on to everyone. Here are a few of the recent posts about it and it is on the EPA list of things you should never burn.

    Okay. I can't get my phone to copy and paste any links. I recently installed an update on my phone and now it won't let me copy and past links. So I guess I can only pass on that I have read in dozens of places that driftwood, especially if it has been in saltwater, produces toxic fumes. If you folks do a search "is driftwood safe to burn" or maybe just look up "burning driftwood" I'm sure you will come across the same articles and warnings I have found. Please, let me know what you think, friends.

    ~Helga

    PS. Do any of you folks think I should post this same discussion in Fire subforum or even in General Bushcraft Discussion?
     
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    Greetings,

    If it legit, I would, @BetterNotBitterIsSurvival, either general or fire. Will look into it, interesting.

    20191010_083802.jpg

    Going to the clinic to be put under the knife/laser in less than an hour. Taking a couple of BCUSA tokens with me...

    Regards,

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    @Quinlan they'll make you better than new.
     
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    Good luck Christos!!!!!
     
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    It is indeed considered very dangerous to burn driftwood, as it releases dioxin.

    Personally, I don't burn it at the seaside, as there are far better materials to be harvested in the forest.
     
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    I have grown up with driftwood fires.
    Yes I have had cancer, but it was melanoma, I never used sunblock in NZ until then.

    I love the driftwood smoke
     
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    Unfortunately wee man is in bed.
    It's a svord peasant that I converted to fixed blade. It has a handle made from an antler of the first red deer I shot, whermmm I was 12.

    The pommel is a 300wsm case I flared to fit.

    Pics tomorrow
     
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    Technically, any and all smoke is "bad" for you. Some smoke is a lot worse than others.
     
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    @Quinlan going to miss the patch, but then again, nothing stopping you wearing it still.
     
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    Good luck brother, kind thoughts from New Zealand. Will have a beer to bring you luck.
    I will load my pipe with Erinmore as im out of cherry Cavendish
     
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    Greetings,

    Waiting to be processed now. Thank you everyone. :)

    @KFF, that's an idea to consider...:33:

    @BagheeraNZ, a fellow pipe smoker! :dblthumb:

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    Hence I loaded a bowl for you.
    @Quinlan

    What are they looking for?
     
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    Greetings,

    Still waiting, so still surfing.

    Thanks!

    To treat a series of severe symptoms i've been repeatedly experiencing the last 3-4 years on my left eye. A double procedure that reportedly has 95% success rate. Corneal erosions that will hopefully be treated with alcohol delamination and laser treatment today.

    I will have to avoid any physical activity (exercise) for 7 days and that's hard for me...:(

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    Greetings,

    :33:

    Avoiding sweating is the issue, so long walks will be fine as long as they are of the leisure type. :dblthumb:

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    I grew up with driftwood fires on the beach. We used to sit in the smoke to keep mosquitos at bay. That was when I was a teenager and if driftwood smoke is harmful, I must be lucky. Any driftwood around Galveston Bay has got to be loaded with all sorts of horrid stuff. When the Corps of Engineers dredge out the ship channel, they have to close the bay for fish-eating.
     
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    Greetings,
    That is a powerful repellant. While not driftwood, the smoke from the fire pit helped A LOT with keeping the mosquitos at bay, along with burning coffee grounds while in Finland in the woods.

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    They are probably close relatives to the folks in CA that think everything in the planet causes cancer and must be labeled as such. :D They say the same thing about all wood not just driftwood. If they had their way then wood burning stoves would be a jailable offense.

     

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