Daily doings of a bushcrafter.

Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by One Legged Josh, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Seeker

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    The output wasn't bushcrafty, but the skill was... wife has been on a redecorating kick and picked up a few yards of different colored cloth and thread last weekend. She had to work today, it's 90+ outside with a heat index over 100, and only about 75 and really dry inside...

    So I spent about 4 hours today running a thread injector for her. Made new night table scarves for our bedroom in a nice manly plaid (seriously... like a flannel shirt plaid. I really like it), and then changing bobbins and thread to cover 4 different shades of blue and ocean-colors, I made 3 sets of slip covers, two long window seat runners, and a couple more end table scarves and such... She got home and is thrilled...

    Small price to pay to keep her happy (for those who don't know, I get to hunt and play outside pretty much every weekend day, from late Aug through early June, with few complaints, for doing stuff like this.)

    told her I need a serger now, to make things easier... we'll see. lol
     
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    Got a full size "C" striker, two flints and a leather pouch for $15. My son got a small bow and two arrows, not quite a toy but still okay for the backyard; also $15. Most important, we all got to learn a bit more about life in Ohio circa 1800 - 1870s. Spent about $60 and don't regret it a bit!
     
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    I spent some time on the knife I'm making and as I got a 50cm length of 4mm O1 tool steel to make the knife I thought Id have a go at making a Spokeshave.

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    I finished off the spine. Good old Trizact belt!

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    Drilled a couple of extra holes and a lanyard hole, although I'm not 100% sure I'm going to use it. I'm going to be using 2 3mm brass pins and good glue to mount the handle.

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    I then started to shape the handle, I like that Japanese saw, cuts through wood like butter!

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    All I intend to do is shape the front of the scales before gluing them on.

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    Just like that.

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    Should be good, I like a thick handle.

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    I do all this in my Mums garage as I live in a flat and dont have one, I left my countersink at home, so I improvised with my reduced shank 19mm drill bit.

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    I then took it home and sanded it with some 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper with WD40 on it to clean it up a bit

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    Feels Nice in hand

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    Those groves should fit my chunky fingers just about perfect, even if I do say so myself.

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    I didnt have a length in mind, just similar to my goto bushcraft knife the Enzo Trapper

    So after that I moved onto the spokeshave:

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    I Started sawing after marking the line.

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    But I only had one worn junior hacksaw blade with me and as it a Sunday evening nowhere was open to get some more.

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    I still managed to get the bevel done to the point it needs to be before I harden it

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    Thats the marking of what I'm going to cut it to.
     
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    Amon81, that deserves it own thread... nice work.
     
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    Got up yesterday morning with the family and drove to Georgetown, Kentucky for the Case Knife show. Had a great time there, met a lot of people; saw some beautiful knives!! Would make any knife lover drool lol.....so I wore a bib, hahaha.
     
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    Just a little fire tonight to celebrate finishing my new firewood set up. For scale I included my 5'8 son
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    Did some more work to the spokeshave I'm making

    Other than hardening the blade is made
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    I've been letting a couple of birch logs dry. A perfect use for one will be the handle.

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    Always helps to keep a hatchet to hand.

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    Thats where I got up to.

    Also super happy as I found a knife I'd lost for about 3 years.

    So put a 6000 grit edge back on it.

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    Beans are coming on strong, that means dilly beans!
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    Just got back from camping and hikimg on the mountains to sea trail in NC near where it intersects Boones Fork trail on the parkway. Carved a couple spoons, fished for trout ( no luck), and got to try out my new Gossman BBT. Good trip! 20170801_104431.jpg 20170801_104354.jpg
     
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    Well, "Hell" is just about 2/3 over (that would be June/July/Aug here in the Gulf South), and we're exactly 6 weeks out from the bow season opener in mid-September. I got out for the first time in awhile this morning. No pics due to "holy ____ it's hot out... and i don't want to sweat all over my phone." Heard a few squirrels feeding, that was all.

    It was in the high 80s/low 90s, with massive humidity... heat index was definitely over 100... I got out there around 9 and left around lunchtime, maybe 2.5 hours of work... Fingers were wrinkly, just like in the bathtub/shower, it was that kind of humidity. Hot, hard work, but better than sitting inside watching Netflix with my wife.

    I normally scout year round, and usually choose likely new stand locations in February, when you can work without killing yourself... in late summer, I go back and trim up the ones that need it, without having to haul brush... mostly it's just light machete work, though today in one place I moved an entire brushline back about 10' x 40', where some chinese tallow, pine saplings, raspberry, and sweetgum had gotten out of control, effectively blocking the view of a field through a cut that i use later during gun season. I also trimmed some branches and cleared a few fallen trees (by which I mean 2" thick pines that rot on the stump and fall over) off a couple trails.

    It also rained last night, so all the tracks I saw were brand new... couple small ones, which means the doe's bred and birthed, and a few larger, which i hope are bucks (but are more likely large doe's.) But they're out there, which is good... should be able to kill something.

    Also checked my old camp; seems like everything is ok. Walked part of the property line with the neighboring hunting lease, and saw no evidence of incursion (path/lane cutting, stand setting, or cameras) and will update my buddy on it Monday.
     
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    Got a knife sheath better than half done. Walked five miles ...
     
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    Dilly beans? That sounds awesome. My garden is limited to salad stuff. My wife won't eat green beans, spinach, swiss chard...WTF?
     
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    To some of us, that stuff tastes really bitter... I'm ok with the green beans and spinach, but it's approaching the edge of the 'edible' spectrum... I force myself to eat some of it because it's healthy... but i don't like it.
     
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    A daily ritual with the backpackkids this Spring & Summer is backyard bird watching, at or right after breakfast, before the rest of the Adventure Kiddos arrive. My Grandma used to do the same thing every morning at her house on the river when I was a kid. :)
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    Will be doing that in the next day or two
     
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    IMG_1726.JPG Little bit of fishing...
     
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    Ruck march with 30 pounds in my large Alice pack. Five miles at a 15 minute mile pace. Good PT to prep for hiking. I do this a couple of times per week after work. Unless I'm riding my bike instead. Depends on the whim of the moment.
     
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    Went fishing today after a long day of work. Last summer I spent just about every day working in the field. But I have spent the last 4 weeks in the office, and it really has me bummed.

    I caught a little 9 inch rainbow and my mood improved considerably.
     
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    Funny how that works!
     
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    Well, it was fun while it lasted... Had to cut the week short as my Pop noticed some blood in his urine so brought him home for an appt. with his doctor, then BIL spent 4 hrs in ER last night and diagnosed with walking pneumonia. He's really bummed as he has a climbing trip planned in Canada next week. Still, had great fun the last few days fishing, and bushcrafting up in northern Wisconsin.
     
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    I made a sheath for my Buck 110 and a fero rod.
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    Greetings,

    I went for a long walk/hike today in the morning, instead of jogging. It was about time to start them long ones. wanting to see how i would feel carrying my rucksack with a heavy load. 40lbs, 8.3 miles and:
     

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    I built a thing! Not much, but I need storage space. Bought a new home and don't want to drag all my gear into the nice new house. So I built some shelves. Nothing fancy to look at, but my first real building project ever, since I've either lived in too-small apartments or rental homes not worth working on. I'm pleased with myself.

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    Bought a house with a 3rd-car spot specifically for my stuff and to build a small workspace. Already filled the shelves with gear.

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    Didn't take a picture of the body, but I woke up early this morning, and let my cat outside. A short while later, I saw a bat flying around inside my house. Spent a few ridiculous minutes taking swings at it with a broom, finally connected, then one final swat when it was on the floor. A shame I had no film crew, bet I looked crazy during the hunt. I don't mind 'em if they stay outside. :dblthumb:
     
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    I'd have given that a "like" on youtube. :D
     
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    Dug up an old pine stump in my back yard today. It died 20 years ago from pine bark beatles, I cut it off about 3 or 4 inches above the ground and mowed around it for ever. I got tired of it and dug it up. It's solid fatwood. OMG does it smell awesome. It is a gnarly POS, but after assaulting it with maul, axe and saw it gave up and I was able to split it into 3 pieces. It is not typical to what I normally find. It's very stringy. You can pull it apart. Very sticky. And it burns like nothing I've ever found. I'll keep it for sure. It's ugly and gnarly, but so awesome. No pics yet, but then again it doesn't look like anything special. It just looks like punky pine. I'll take pics if you want.
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    Burns pretty nicely. This was a sliver I pulled off that was not even saturated. It's going to be difficult to work with but pretty good stuff. :)
     
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    Pics please!
    And the stringiness is due to grain growth at the base of pines.
     
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    Posted some pics for you @MrFixIt !
     
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    Where dey at?
     
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    In the original post?
     
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    looks great
     
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    Oooohhh! I see 'em now!
    Can almost smell it...
     
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    Making another nest for my hen.
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    Greetings,

    Not very intense my walk today as it was with my wife and more of a leisure thing, but it was long and we enjoyed some fine views at the local water reservoir area. Did some foraging, hence the loosely bushcrafying nature and the reason for posting here.

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    Took everyone swimming today. When we got home they decided they wanted a fire tonight. Awesome!!!

    So, dad started the fire, and decided to cook tacos over coals.

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    Then Miss Danica wanted to roast a few marshmallows

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    Then they wanted popcorn...

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    "Dadda is there anything you can't do?" Awesome day with my little one!!!
     
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    Been a little under the weather, and even if I weren't, it's Hell season, so I mostly stay indoors til September. Anyway, carved up an elephant for a friend... not too shabby, but not great. Four legs is harder than two. One of the tusks broke off, which I knew was a risk when I started... I've re-glued it, but may end up cutting both off, drilling a piar of holes, and making a pair out of leftover deer bone... we'll see how that goes tomorrow... If it works well, I'll post up a thread over in Carve Clan.
     
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    Fixed a good size mess of beans and ham last night. Had my grandmother and father in law over for dinner.
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    After 7 hrs

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    They were devoured.
     

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